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Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 9:43:15 PM | Color control for imported SketchUp files




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Tips to control the colors on imported SketchUp objects. Please see attached Revit rendering.

The columns in back row are all have no surface paint, in the front row the one on the right with paint color was shown gray. The green table top and the part of those two front legs whit yellow color have no surface paint.

Here is how to set the color for imported SketchUp objects.

1. In SketchUp: NEVER USE PAINT BUCKET! In order to create a complicated object, we have to use lots of components. If any surface in any component has surface "paint", it would be very time consuming to undo it.

a. Create layers as needed, the table has "Top" and "Wood" layers.

b. Assign color to each layer.

c. Open "Layer Manager", at top right, click that arrow, select "Color by layer".

d. If any surface already received paint, do the followings:

- open the "Entity Info" window, select that surface.

- two rectangular boxes will be shown on the left.

- change both to "Default".

- go back to do the step as in 1.c. above.

2. In Revit 2013: Insert that object into the Revit file, under "Import CAD", change "Files of type" to "SketchUp Files".

After the file imported, do followings:

a. Go to "View", click "Visibility/Graphics", on the very top, click "Imported Categories".

b. On the bottom left click "Object Styles".

c. Find the layer, for example "table", "Top", in my case.

d. Click the "Top", then in "Material" column click the box on the right, the "Material Brower" will be shown.

e. Move the cursor to there, on the right in "Category" column, open "Material Editor", pick "Appearance Properties", change the color as you like.


If the imported object is a simple one, like a wooden chair, even you applied paint bucket to it. You can go through the steps in #2, after step "e", select "Default" in that object layers, change the color to brown, then you can get the color you want.

You can play with all other "Appearance Properties", such as "Transparency" as well.

That's it. Enjoy!

Edited on: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 7:01:08 PM

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Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 4:32:55 PM | Color control for imported SketchUp files



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This is nice information.  I don't draw in Sketchup but I do import items created in Sketchup to Revit once in a while so its nice to know. 

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Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 12:46:51 AM | Color control for imported SketchUp files




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Please see attached rendering, it has two furnitures imported from SketchUp.

The pendent light was a Revit family with 6 light sources and an imported SketchUp light fixture.

The light fixture has nested Revit families.

1. Create a light bulb shaped as a flare in SketchUp.

2. Then, create a Revit family, insert the SketchUp light bulb and place the light source in the center of the bulb.

3. Create a pendent light family with imported SketchUp pendent light, and load the light bulb into that family, duplicate it to the total of six.

4. Then load the pendent light family into a Revit project file.

5. Following the steps mentioned in #2 in the first post, to change the material for that bulb to transparent and self illuminate.

I'm using a lot of SketchUp items in Revit as long as it does not need parametric family.


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Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:41:14 PM | Color control for imported SketchUp files




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Thank you very much... It work precisely!!

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Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 1:35:32 AM | Color control for imported SketchUp files




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Thankyou very much. Appreciate the help

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Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 3:56:21 AM | Color control for imported SketchUp files




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This is what I have been looking for, thanks to this, it will be helpful for my next woodwrking proect.


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