I’ve just struck a strange problem when creating new material palettes which I haven’t seen before (I don’t think).
If I create three test faces in a new model and then import three different images as textures assigning each to a different face I can then go to the Colors-in-Model list, click on Duplicate, rename the duplicate list to something appropriate and then use the materials just like any built-in list. All fine and dandy.
But, if I:
- create three new faces
- load in a material collection from 3DWarehouse such as the free Skalp collection then:
- select a material using Cmd-Click in the Paint Bucket tool and paint the first face and repeat twice more with different materials
- go to Colors-in-Model and duplicate the list and rename it, say, ‘Test Materials’
- delete all three faces, purge the colors in the Colors-in-Model palette
- draw three new faces
- go to the ‘Test Materials’ list and fill all three faces with successive materials …
the result is that all three faces are filled with the material that is first to be selected.
This is where it gets strange. If instead of using the Paint Bucket and click-on-face approach I drag the material from the list to the face then the correct material gets painted.
This is all on an iMac running Catalina and Sketchup Pro 21.0.3912.
Now it gets weirder. If I do the same thing on my macBook running Big Sur and the same release of Sketchup Pro I find I can’t drag and drop materials. What I can do is
- select a material in the new list
- in the edit pane below set the transparency to 99%
then the Paint Bucket tool paints the correct material (this also works on the iMac as well as the drag-and-drop approach).
Any suggestions as to what’s wrong or where I have misunderstood the whole process would be very welcome.
SOLUTION FOUND (sort of)
I’ve just discovered that if I load a material collection (say the Skalp collection) into my model then drag each material down one by one from the Colors-in-Model list to the palette area, create a new list and drag from the palette one-by-one up into the new list, then I can use the Paint Bucket as intended. That’s 204 drag actions! Plus, if you want to clear the palette, on a mac you have to drag each color swatch into the trash bin - another 102 drags. What a drag.