It takes a special machine to 3D print in full color, and at this point there are only commercial printers to do the job. This means that unless you're part of a large organization, you'll likely use a print service for printing in color, providing them your model in a format they can use.
Let's discuss how SketchUp processes color data.
You can color SketchUp models in two different ways—with textures or with plain colors (or a mixture of both). Textures are image files such as
.tif. The satellite imagery from the terrain we imported in the previous example is a
Colors are simply solid colors based on RGB values or color names that cover an entire face. Colors are ...