Importing Images for Textures

Bring in the smallest image file resolution for the project to lessen the impact on file size and moving through the model.
  • An application like Google Earth can get upset with excessive large image sizes.
  • While smaller is 'better', the maximum image size is 1024 pixels wide x 1024 pixels high.  If a modeling situation requires a higher resolution, cut up the large image in an image editor,  Import in the smaller sections and reassemble.
  • If you import images into your model, use JPG images rather than TIFF images. TIFF images tend to have large file sizes and take more computing resources to display.
  • PNG or JPEG files best for textures?

 Some notes on tiling texture:

  • Import the smallest image for tiling textures, which again is to minimize the imported file size.  
  • Granted, more complex textures, like cobblestone, may need larger tile images to look better.  But try to minimize texture size wherever possible.
  • Some online texture resources and tutorials on making your own tiling textures in a photo editing program are located over on the Resources page, Materials and Textures section.
 Viva La Difference!

Wolfgang (aka VAM) made this original small, wire mesh tile after being inspired from the Group modeling inquiry by Mark (aka Woodburyboy) .  Thanks to him, you too can compare the effect material size has on your SketchUp model.

CLICK on the images to get a full-sized version.  Then right-click on the image to save it to your computer.  Then Import the image into SketchUp to make it into a texture.

The test:  Open a new session of SU.  Import the first image.  Paint it on a rectangle.  Save the model.  Do the same thing with the second texture.  The SKP file size of a single face painted with the larger fence grid will be nearly doubled the file size of the same sized face painted with the single tile.

(Right-clicking on these thumbnail images will save even smaller copies.  Although there is not a clean transition between the transparent and colored region.  Using them could produce an unpleasant white outline artifact.)

 Resizing the image:

  • An image editor like Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, and CorelDraw can readily resize images. 
  • If there's a quality option on saving a particular image extension, like JPG, choose high quality.
  • One of the easiest ways to resize an image file on a PC is to use IrfanView.  It's a quick-loading, multi-lingual, powerful media viewer/editor that's also easy to use.  In IrfanView go to Image > Resize/Resample.

 Relevant Plugins

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