Today I want to show you how to colorize your model instead of using the predefined 3D façade elements. Thanks to Manuel, who came up with this.
So why would you want to do this?
As you can see in this infrastructure example your focus lays upon the civil design of the new road segment. The surrounding models aren’t too relevant in a high level of detail for this purpose, although you might want to give them a realistic look by choosing common colors from within this area.
- Open your desired model in Google maps or Bing maps. Make sure you turn on the bird eye perspective, so you can see the facades.
- Create a snapshot of an area which you think the facades are representative for the model.
- Download GIMP (or choose another tool to do the following)
- Open the screenshot in GIMP
- Select “Window” in the menu and go to “Dockable dialogs” to select “Palettes” (see picture)
- Go and create two new palettes as shown in the picture. One for the facades and one for the roofs if needed.
- Now you will need to open the “toolbox” and select the “color pipette”
- In the settings of the pipette you might check the radius of the scanning size. NOTE: when using the pipette on the image you will see the actual radius size.
- You need to select the “add to palette” option
- Make sure you have selected the right palette (roof or façade)
- Now you can go and click through as many facades as you need. Note: you will see the palette filling up.
- Redo it for the roof palette.
- Once you are done you will find your two palettes there: C:\Users\xxxxx\.gimp-2.6\palettes
- Note: settings are found under EDIT/Settings or Preferences
- Go and open them in an editor and select the RGB color descriptions
- Download the file "Download RandomBuildingColors" and unpack it.
- Open the “RandomBuildingColors.js” file and enter YOUR new colors according to the once you will find in there. Replace them with yours. Safe it!
- Do it for roofs and facades.
- Go back to your un-textured AIM model and open the “Create and RunScripts” under Manage
- in the menu.
- Open the “RandomBuildingColors.js” and hit “Start Script”
- Voilà you are done!