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etherealprelude

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I've browsed several articles on how to map textures to complex geometry in sketchup, but I still haven't found any good answers. After reading some tutorials I've seen how you can map to a sphere but I see next to nothing on mapping to objects with irregular geometry. I've explored nearly every option of mapping textures in sketchup and know it's capabilities are limited.

What supplementary software or plugins (preferably free) are available that can help you tackle mapping textures to irregular geometry?

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You can try this, http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewtopic.php?f=323&t=23725&hilit=uvtools


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SU is not great for texturing organic shapes. in fact its terrible. you can only use projection, tiling and UV tools (which only textures spherical/cylindrical shapes)

you need a texture app that supports UVs. you can use wings3d and blender (both free) and then import back into SU.

michalis is the expert here. 


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Oli, the link to the uv tools that I posted does exactly that straight from SU, it will export your model to one of several mapping applications (some free ones) where you can texture map it and then import back into SU mapped.



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I tested this. Interesting obj exporter, unfortunately gives wrong topology, the very wrong topology of SU. The SU pro obj exporter works fine, because triangulates everything. In fact if you have SUpro this is the way to go. But SUpro is toooo expensive just for a decent exporter, SU collada is a trash anyway. 

Blender gives python error
Zbrush tries to triangulate but gives wrong geometry
3DCoat crashes trying to read this obj

All these on a mac. I don't expect that this works better on windows anyway.


SO, the only way is the SUpro obj exporter. It exports textures too. 
For organic shapes you don't need an exporter, the 3ds importer works fine. 
You must be sick to model organics in SU. Cars for example. Learn some blender (its free and its the most popular 3d pro app). 
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