3DVinci Math Projects Escher Square Tiles, in Google SketchUp October 2009 7 4. This opens the Materials window ( Colors window on the Mac). Choose colors and paint each part of each tile. Keep in mind that the tiles will end up right next to one another, so their colors should be contrasting. 5. In order to make the tiles easy to move and copy, and to keep them from sticking to one another, each tile should become a single object, rather than a set of individual lines and faces. We’ll do this by making each tile into a component. First, activate Select and drag a selection window around one entire tile. 6. Right-click on any selected part of this tile and choose Make Component .
3DVinci Math Projects Escher Square Tiles, in Google SketchUp October 2009 8 There’s also an option called Make Group . This would work too, but a component has this advantage: you can edit one and they all update. 7. Give your tile a name, make sure Replace selection with component is checked, and click Create . When the tile is a component, it appears surrounded by a box. 8. Select the other tile and make it into a component as well.
3DVinci Math Projects Escher Square Tiles, in Google SketchUp October 2009 9 9.Now comes the fun part: use the Movetool to join the two tiles, which fit together like puzzle pieces. Then use Moveagain to make copies.Here’s my set of tiles after making a few more rows:
3DVinci Math Projects Escher Square Tiles, in Google SketchUp October 2009 10 10. Because these tiles are components, you can make changes to all identical components at once. To do this, right-click on any tile and choose Edit Component . Make your changes (I changed my yellow tile to be blue, and gave it larger dark blue spots). Then right-click outside the component and choose Close Component .
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