Heyo! So I’ve been using Sketchup for many years now and have successfully translated a few of my models into real-world items. Yet Sketchup has remained, for me, primarily a reference tool rather than a way to model purely for the sake of having a good-looking 3d image (if that makes sense).
I’ve always had a bit of an interest in militaria and the various orders/decorations of their states and fighting forces alike so I figured I’d take it upon myself to render a few of my favourite pieces in Sketchup. Since I’m fairly competent and familiar with the architecture of Sketchup (maybe that’s debatable), this has become my tool of choice.
I guess that’s a long-winded way of asking for a bit of advice when it comes to textures and specifically ribbons or just fabrics in a broader sense.
I found myself illustrating each strand of, let’s say, a medal’s suspension ribbon and I couldn’t help but wonder if there’s a faster, more efficient way of rendering realistic looking fabrics.
If anyone has ever undertaken something even remotely like this, what tools or extensions helped you out? Are there any techniques that you’ve used to make rendering a ribbon less mind-numbing?