From SketchUp to Blender

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Google have a free functional version of SketchUp .It's a very good modeling tool with a easy way to texture.

free version exports in format
kmz (Google Earth 4)
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Now, let's see how to bring one of these models, textured, from free version of SketchUp to Blender

Kmz format (Google Earth 4) is in truth a compressed file with the 3D model format "Collada" inside, textures and other information.


The Process:

1- We export from SketchUp in kmz Google Earth 4 format


2-You go to the folder where the kmz file was exported, and change the extension of  "file.kmz" to "archivo.zip"

3- Unpack this file, will leave us a two folders and two files. Inside the "models" folder is the DAE file and in the "images" folder are the textures

4- Let's Blender and import the file as "Colada 1.4 (.dae)"


5- At the end to import we will have our model in Blender, with their textures applied


Here a quick rendering of the impor

And with our model in Blender, adjust the lighting, and other parameters for our scene.

Saludos.
Alexv