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Title: man on mountain
Post by: BABE™ on January 15, 2013, 07:36:06 pm
How do you import a PNG ?..............please

(http://www.coverbooth.com/uploads/covmg/man-standing-on-mountain-top-cool-facebook-timeline-covers.jpg)

(http://img.poptower.com/pic-55178/last-man-standing-abc-tv-show.jpg?d=600)
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Derekw on January 16, 2013, 12:04:39 am
Hi Babe,

I first create a 'face me' component in Sketchup by applying a .PNG file as a material.

Export this as a Collada file.

Import this into Lumion. (Add new Model)

Then from custom materials select 'Billboard'.

Cheers
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: BABE™ on January 16, 2013, 12:54:21 am
Thanyou ever so much Derek.

Can you please tell me how i LIFT the image up in SU please ?

iv tried  the rotate tool over n over again , but its another one of my Dislikes about SU.
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Derekw on January 16, 2013, 01:04:05 am
Hi Babe,

Select the object and use the rotate tool. If you hold the left mouse button down
you will be able to 'toggle' between rotation planes.

rotate objects in sketchup (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAwxt2rPJvA#ws)

Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Gaieus on January 16, 2013, 02:55:05 am
...Select the object and use the rotate tool. If you hold the left mouse button down
you will be able to 'toggle' between rotation planes...
What Derek says. If you have a little experience with the Rotate tool in SketchUp, it is easy.

Here is a little tutorial I wrote about the different alignment methods of the Rotate tool: http://sketchucation.com/resources/tutorials/37-beginner/136-aligning-the-rotate-and-protractor-tools (http://sketchucation.com/resources/tutorials/37-beginner/136-aligning-the-rotate-and-protractor-tools)

Also, though I am not sure if this matters from SketchUp to Lumion, but it does matter where the component origin (later pivot point in Lumion) is so probably you should make sure to correctly place it to where you wish the billboard to rotate around. Here is a little video I also made earlier.

Creating a Face-me component in SketchUp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvI6A7Njw4k#)
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: BABE™ on January 16, 2013, 09:31:12 am
Thanx very much Derek & Gaieus , for your help

There is NO-WAY i can lift the image up using the rotate tool, there's no option available.

SUs ALL-IN-ONE rotate tool makes me ill...............imagine that rotate tool in Lumion ?

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Iv bank rotated the image in lumion no problem, and using the clip slider i can remove the background.
but using the Billboard makes the image Dissapear , but i suppose thats because of the incorrect angle.

so im in a Bad-Mood..........and they forgot my xmas icon  :'( (http://lumion3d.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8188.0;attach=18968;image)
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Morten on January 16, 2013, 10:26:51 am
so im in a Bad-Mood..........and they forgot my xmas icon  :'(

Sorry about that, BABE - I guess Remko/Arthur haven't had time yet to add it yet :-\
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: ilwedritschel on January 16, 2013, 11:33:32 am
hi babe,

you need a helping box to rotate 2d planes for the first rotate, so you can alignview the rotate tool over the side
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: IMENS on January 16, 2013, 05:47:34 pm
Hi,

I also tried it, but in my case despite using a png I see the white background. How to eliminate the white background in SU ?
thanks for your support
regards
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Gaieus on January 16, 2013, 08:06:11 pm
@Babe: unless we date and I can show you live (which my wife would rather hate) I cannot really suggest more than that tutorial (or what Derek had already posted before).

Maybe another way (leaving the Rotate tool out):

1. Turn the viewport to "Front" in SU (Camera > Standard views)
2. Import the image that way...

Now it will come in "standing". Note however that you need to explode the image entity (righ click > Explode) to make it a real face with the image applied as material. Otherwise (though I have not tried) I doubt it will work in Lumion.
_______

@Mideast: It is not enough to use a png image: you also need to make sure that that white background is replaced with a transparent background. This needs to be done in a photo editing software like PhotoShop or Gimp.
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: ilwedritschel on January 16, 2013, 08:10:34 pm
i use photoshop and eliminate the white color, select color white and revers the select, cut and copy to new layer without anything ,save as png.
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: BABE™ on January 16, 2013, 09:24:56 pm
thankyou  ilwedritschel , very kind .

Gaieus

1. Turn the viewport to "Front" in SU (Camera > Standard views)
2. Import the image that way...


YES !...thankyou thats great........Tell your wife not to worry........ill keep my clothes on . :-D
Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Derekw on January 17, 2013, 06:31:25 am
Hi Babe,

I'm probably going off topic here a little, but there's a great free plugin (but you pay per use) for SU that cuts out complicated shapes such as trees so that you get a transparent background and accurate shadows.

http://www.smustard.com/script/ImageProfile (http://www.smustard.com/script/ImageProfile)

I previously used a program called SU Podium and I created all my own 'cut-out' trees using this plugin.

Title: Re: MAN ON MOUNTAIN
Post by: Morten on January 17, 2013, 11:14:30 am
Great tips! If only the rest of the world were as helpful as you guys, the world would be a much nicer place! :)

Title: man on mountain
Post by: BABE™ on January 17, 2013, 11:19:14 am
Thanx Derek

yes i agree with Morton....you get good bang for your buck on here  :-D

thanx Derek for the plugin link , it might come in handy , in the future and if you ever

come across a SU plugin that can STAMP-TOOL an image onto a curved surface
please tell me .....as im still hoping for a miracle. :-D

(http://s19.postimage.org/pz5piktfl/FAST_TEXTURE.gif)
Title: Re: man on mountain
Post by: Gaieus on January 17, 2013, 01:56:43 pm
@Babe: glad it was of some help - but you should try to get the grips of that Rotate tool as it can be extremely powerful in its siomplicity in SU.

@Derek (and Babe), there's an "Image trimmer (http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=33445)" plugin by TIG that can also cut out the transparent areas of a pgn file (now bundled in a more robust plugin set).

@Babe: there is no way in SketchUp to "stamp" images only. But if you trim your image with very high detailed settings, you can extrude its faces, intersect with the mesh and paint only those areas with the material projected on them.

I remember a similar discussion with some logo on an aeroplane - was that not you? (I cannot fully remember)
Title: Re: man on mountain
Post by: BABE™ on January 17, 2013, 07:09:37 pm
@Babe: glad it was of some help - but you should try to get the grips of that Rotate tool as it can be extremely powerful in its siomplicity in SU.

@Babe: there is no way in SketchUp to "stamp" images only. But if you trim your image with very high detailed settings, you can extrude its faces, intersect with the mesh and paint only those areas with the material projected on them.

I remember a similar discussion with some logo on an aeroplane - was that not you? (I cannot fully remember)


thanx Gaieus

i will try to understand the rotate tool,.........
INTUITIVE  is something i expect from software, but its not always available

(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4761178270336217&pid=15.1&H=120&W=160)
Title: Re: man on mountain
Post by: Derekw on January 19, 2013, 10:40:32 am
Thanx Derek

yes i agree with Morton....you get good bang for your buck on here  :-D

thanx Derek for the plugin link , it might come in handy , in the future and if you ever

come across a SU plugin that can STAMP-TOOL an image onto a curved surface
please tell me .....as im still hoping for a miracle. :-D

(http://s19.postimage.org/pz5piktfl/FAST_TEXTURE.gif)

Hi Babe,

I'm not sure if this is what you are talking about.

SketchUp: Mapping photo textures to curved surfaces (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHsRRLCAOm8#)
Title: Re: man on mountain
Post by: BABE™ on January 19, 2013, 11:26:22 am
Hi Derek

thanx for the link, yes iv watched that video before several times, and its good.
but its completely impracticable ,using 7-procedures for 1 logo.
so for multi-logo  design its comical. :-D