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3D Printing with SketchUp by Marcus Ritland

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Printing models with color

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.

Textures versus solid colors

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 .jpg, .png, or .tif. The satellite imagery from the terrain we imported in the previous example is a .jpg texture.

Colors are simply solid colors based on RGB values or color names that cover an entire face. Colors are ...

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