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"Modeling a Face Me Christmas Tree in SketchUp ”

Subhra Bera: Editor

Importing an image from another file in SketchUp is an easy process but transferring a normal image into a Face Me component is a little complex task that is shown in here.

About SketchUp:

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc.

who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

This article is about the method of learning to create a 2D Face Me component that always faces the camera in SKetchUp. From the previous videos about 2D Face Me it is known that using 3D vegetations in SketchUp could make good results but it also slow down the rendering procedure and overall workflow quite a bit.

Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and started using SketchUp while he was working as a general contractor in 2008 and after using it he found that SketchUp is extremely powerful that he just started to use it in his personal works also. Then he started The SketchUp Essentials as a place where he could share his ideas of using SketchUp easily through some tutorials and tips to help other users controlling the power of 3D Modeling in everyday lives.

About Extension Warehouse:

It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

At first, Justin downloaded the image of a Christmas tree from Google with a transparent background and then imported it in SketchUp; while importing an image, users should click on the image option. After importing the image will appear as flat image which will not allow users to work on it. Next Justin trimmed the sides as per size of the image using the Move tool and transfer the whole image in a group. Then he started to turn this image into a component by following steps:

  • Right click on the image and select the option “Make Component”, which will open a pop-up window.
  • To turn this component as a Face Me Component click on the Option called “Always Face Camera” from the pop-up window.
  • At last click on Create button and it will appear as a component that always faces Camera no matter in which angle it is rotated.

After that this image is ready to work as a texture or component in any project; users can make copies of the image or can use it in creating new designs etc. but they will always face to the camera.

Modeling a Face Me Christmas Tree in SketchUp
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