How Do I Change the Color of Wood in VRAY Sketchup?

In VRAY Sketchup, you can easily change the color of wood materials to give your 3D models a realistic and customized look. Whether you want to create a warm oak finish or a sleek ebony texture, VRAY Sketchup provides all the tools you need. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing the color of wood in VRAY Sketchup, step by step.

Step 1: Selecting the Wood Material

The first thing you need to do is select the wood material that you want to modify. To do this, go to the Materials tab in VRAY Sketchup and browse through the available materials.

Look for a material that resembles the type of wood you want to achieve.

Step 2: Opening the Material Editor

Once you have selected the wood material, double-click on it to open the Material Editor window. This window will allow you to make changes to various properties of the material, including its color.

Step 3: Adjusting Diffuse Color

In the Material Editor window, locate the Diffuse Color section. This is where you can adjust the base color of your wood material.

Click on the color swatch next to Diffuse Color to open a color picker dialog box.

Note: The Diffuse Color is responsible for determining how light interacts with your material’s surface. By adjusting its value, you can change the overall appearance of your wood texture.

Step 4: Choosing a New Color

In the color picker dialog box, select a new color that matches your desired wood finish. You can either choose from one of the predefined colors or create a custom color by adjusting RGB values or selecting it from the color wheel.

Note: Keep in mind that different wood types have different colors. Research the specific wood species you are trying to emulate to ensure an accurate representation.

Step 5: Applying the New Color

After selecting the new color, click OK to apply it to your wood material. You will instantly see the changes reflected in the Material Editor preview window.

Step 6: Fine-tuning the Color

If the new color is not exactly what you envisioned, you can further refine it by adjusting other properties such as saturation and brightness. Experiment with these settings until you achieve the desired result.


  • Use Reference Images: If you are unsure about the color you want, gather reference images of real wood textures to guide your adjustments.
  • Consider Lighting: Remember that lighting conditions can affect how colors appear in a 3D scene. Test your wood material under different lighting setups to ensure its realism.
  • Add Texture Maps: To enhance the realism of your wood material, consider applying texture maps such as bump or displacement maps. These maps can add depth and detail to your material.

With VRAY Sketchup’s powerful Material Editor, changing the color of wood materials has never been easier. Follow these steps and unleash your creativity by customizing your 3D models with stunning and realistic wood finishes.

Note: Remember to save your modified material for future use by clicking on “Save Material” in the Material Editor window.

Happy rendering!