How Do I Apply Vismat Materials in Sketchup?

Are you looking to enhance the visual appeal of your Sketchup models? One way to achieve this is by applying Vismat materials.

Vismat materials are high-quality, realistic materials that can be easily applied to surfaces in Sketchup. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of applying Vismat materials in Sketchup.

Step 1: Download Vismat Materials

Before you can start using Vismat materials in Sketchup, you need to download them. There are several websites where you can find a wide range of Vismat materials for free.

Some popular websites include and Once you have downloaded the desired Vismat material files, you are ready to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Import Vismat Materials

In Sketchup, go to the “Materials” panel by clicking on the “Paint Bucket” icon in the toolbar or by navigating to “Window” > “Materials”. This will open the Materials panel on the right side of your screen.

To import a Vismat material, click on the small house icon at the top-right corner of the Materials panel. This will open a file explorer window where you can browse and select the downloaded Vismat material file (.vismat).

Note: You can import multiple Vismat material files at once by holding down the Shift key while selecting multiple files.

Step 3: Apply Vismat Material

Now that you have imported your Vismat materials, it’s time to apply them to your Sketchup model. Select the surface or surfaces you want to apply the material to by using the “Select” tool in Sketchup.

In the Materials panel, you will see a list of all the imported Vismat materials. Click on the desired material to select it.

With the material selected, click on the surface(s) in your model where you want to apply the material. The selected surface(s) will now be covered with the Vismat material.

Step 4: Adjust Material Settings (Optional)

If you want to further customize your Vismat materials, you can adjust their settings in Sketchup. Select the surface with the applied Vismat material and go to “Window” > “Entity Info”. This will open a panel on the right side of your screen where you can see information about the selected entity.

Scroll down in the Entity Info panel until you find the “Materials” section. Here, you can adjust various settings such as texture scale, opacity, and color tint for your Vismat material.

Step 5: Save and Export

Once you are satisfied with your applied Vismat materials, it’s important to save your Sketchup model. Go to “File” > “Save” or press Ctrl+S (Cmd+S on Mac) to save your work.

If you want to export your Sketchup model with applied Vismat materials for use in other software or for sharing purposes, go to “File” > “Export” and choose a suitable file format such as .OBJ or .FBX. Make sure to select the option to include textures/materials during export so that others can view your model with its applied Vismat materials.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to apply Vismat materials in Sketchup. By following these steps, you can add realistic and visually appealing materials to your Sketchup models, enhancing their overall look and feel. Experiment with different Vismat materials to bring your designs to life!