Interior Design with SketchUp – Make a Seamless Tile Material

Interior Design with SketchUp – Make a Seamless Tile Material


Thanks for watching Interior Design with SketchUp In this lesson, I’ll show you how to take an image like this and turn it into a material that we can apply to our project Here I am in the master bath You can see it’s nearly complete I just need to add a floor to the shower But I have a little problem… So here is the tile that has been specified for the project and as you can see it’s very irregular and jagged and will definitely not tile seamlessly So how the heck do we fix that? Well first off let me go ahead and select the texture and apply it to the floor so we can see what it looks like before we fix it. You can see here, it is not very nice. I’ll go ahead and open this texture in Photoshop If you don’t have Photoshop, there is an excellent editing program called Gimp It’s free to download, it’s a really good program And if you will be doing a lot of modeling & rendering with Sketchup you will definitely need to get one of these editing programs The first thing we need to do is crop away the excess white area Keep this in a 1×1 square ratio Then we’ll come up here to image and check our image size The resolution is set to 300 which is really high so let’s set that down to 150 Then we’ll go ahead and set our height and width to a nice round number 800 x 800 is good And be sure that’s 800 pixels. We don’t need 800 inches 😀 So now we have our image size set Now we need to offset this so it will tile seamlessly We do that by coming up to the “filter” option and down to “other”, and “offset” All we need to do here is make sure that our vertical and horizontal are both set to HALF of the pixels of our image size So 400 and 400 both to the right and down And make sure this option is set to “wrap around” Alright great So now this part, it’s not difficult but it is kind of tedious So I’ll show you how to get started and then speed through to the end result We need to get rid of these defined edges running through the center, vertically and horizontally through our image To do that, we’ll use our clone stamp tool and blend these little tiles together and get rid of these sharp edges You want to make sure that as you’re using the stamp tool that you don’t get right up to the very edge or else you’ll have lines show up as the image repeats We’ll continue this on down the line smoothing out all these edges You may need to change your opacity in order to get some smooth transitions So we also need to create some new edges and we’ll do that by using our regular paintbrush tool and sampling this white negative space We’ll turn the hardness of the brush down to 65% or so. And we’ll begin to just create some new edges Now this isn’t as bad as it seems and it actually goes pretty quick. But I’ll just continue this process sped up so you can see Alright well that looks pretty good. Let me make one adjustment here And to add some realism we’ll color in the grout area Do this by selecting the magic wand tool and clicking in the white space I’ll select a color for the grout and simply brush this in Then I want to do just one more thing to give it some more realism which you may not even notice once it’s rendered in Sketchup I just don’t like how this grout looks completely flat So let’s go ahead and give that a little bit of a pattern I’ll select this pattern here The scale looks good, it’s pretty light though So we can blend that in I think the “overlay” blending mode looks best And turn this down to about a 60% opacity Then we can go ahead and save this as our new texture We could just check this in SketchUp to make sure it looks good but I want to turn this into a pattern in Photoshop as well in case I want to use this in a future Photoshop project and also to test to make sure it is seamless We do this by going up to “edit” and “define pattern” and just give it a name And over on a blank canvas We’ll test it out Make it a big enough size that you can see the pattern easily 1200 x 1200 is good Select a new pattern fill layer Maybe just play with the scale Scale it down, see how it looks I think that looks really good so let’s head back to SketchUp! Here we are, back in the bathroom We still have our original texture on the shower floor Go ahead and browse in your materials to wherever you saved the new image Just select that and apply it to your floor And there you go! A very irregular texture that looks great tiled. Alright thanks guys Please subscribe to my channel for regular tips, tricks, and techniques. Until next time. Thanks!

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