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A quick look at using Sketchup in designing some picture frames.
These two paintings were made by a distant relative in Western Australia in the early 70s. I've had one for a several years, and recently obtained another.
I decided to make some matching frames for these two paintings. I don't have any exotic Australian wood to go with the subject matter, so I had to "settle" for working with native black cherry lumber.
I tend to prefer fairly simple picture frames. I don't go for heavily ornamented or gilded or carved or... or anything like that. The same techniques that I discuss here are the same regardless of your preferred style of frame.
This is very easy to do. It is just 3 rectangular shapes joined together. One of them is designated the "floor" and made to be about 12ft by 12ft (3.6m by 3.6m) in size. Then one of the built in flooring images is painted onto the component. Here you can choose carpet or tile or wood, whatever suits your space. The other two objects are designated as "walls" and are 8ft (2.4m) tall, and painted with your choice of wall colour.
That's really all there is to this trick, and yet I find it really helps to have a bit of a room available when designing chairs or tables or in this case, picture frames.
Fortunately, Sketchup offers the ability to import your own image files and paint them onto a surface. I took one of my paintings, and laid it flat on a table. Then I took a picture of it, with the camera held so it was directly above the picture, giving us a fairly flat image. I then cropped the resulting image file, removing the current frame and background, leaving just an image of the painting itself.
I was not looking for perfection here! This is just to help during the design stage.
(I'm just covering the basics here, if you google "insert photo into Sketchup", you will find many detailed Sketchup tutorials out there to walk you through this part.)
Create a rectangular object of the correct size, make it a component, and then you can import a file to paint on one of the faces. (File -> Import -> All supported image types -> Use as Texture)
This one was admittedly weird. Since I have two pictures to frame, I wondered about making asymmetric mirror-imaged frames.
Here's how: (Practise on some scrap!!)