My own specific Patterns Textures, Components, and etc


Question to all of you. As my design business is getting bigger I noticed I use some specific patterns, textures and components (PTC’s) repeatedly. So I find myself always opening a past design to find these specific PTC’s. Is there a way to load my personal PTC’s into SU so they show up under the defaults every time? Thanks and have a good one.


Yes, in the materials toolbar select ‘open or create a collection’, once that is done you can add that collection to your favourites and it will be there each time you start a new instance.


You can create new local collections for Components by, as Liam indicated, opening the Details menu and choosing the right option. On the Mac it looks like this:

If you just want to create a new collection spot, choose Create a new collection… You can add components to it after it is created. If you have a file full of components you want to save in a common collection you can use Save as a local collection. It’s grayed out in my screen shot because there’s nothing in the file I have open.

If you want to save components into an existing collection, there’s two ways. You can open the secondary pane in the Components window by clicking on the white + on the black field in the upper right corner of the Components window. Set one to In Model and the other to the desired collection. Then drag the thumbnails from In Model to the other collection. You can also right click on the component in the model and choose Save as…

For materials on the Mac it’s a bit different. If you want to save all the In Model textures in a single collection click on the drop down and select Duplicate.

If you want to create a new collection for later use, choose New.

If you want to add materials to a collection later, drag them from the In Model colors to the palette at the bottom of the window. Then change to the desired collection and drag from the palette back up.


Yes, as well as the suggestions offered previously, you could just add your "PTC"s to a new SU file and save that file as your primary template to open whenever you start SketchUp. This may be the easiest and fastest way to get the results you requested.