Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

SketchUp – Draping terrain with model photos

Illustration plan
Illustration plan

SketchUp Model

SketchUp model

During the last task we worked exclusively with digital tools. After creating visualisations and plans in Photoshop based on a SketchUp model, we wanted to integrate the two into a textured 3D-model. In order to drape a terrain in SketchUp with a 2D illustration, one can follow the steps below:

  • Import image as “image”.
  • Place and scale the image correctly.
  • Right-click and explode it.
  • Triple-click to select all faces and edges.
  • Right-click and select “Make group”.
  • Select Paint Bucket, and hold ALT to “Select object to match paint from”.
  • Select the image. The image is now a “material” you can fill faces with.
Our result:

Draped Model
Draped SketchUp model

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