Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover

By Chris Grover

Which will learn how to create 3-D types utilizing Google SketchUp, this lacking handbook is the best position to begin. full of step by step tutorials, this interesting, reader-friendly consultant could have you growing particular three-D gadgets, together with construction plans, furnishings, landscaping plans--even characters for laptop games--in no time.

Google SketchUp: The lacking Manual deals a hands-on journey of this system, with crystal-clear directions for utilizing each characteristic and many real-world examples that can assist you choose up the sensible talents you would like. learn how to use the elemental instruments, construct and animate types, and position your items in Google Earth. With this publication, you are going to:

* study your method round the SketchUp workspace, and discover the diversities among operating in 2-D and 3-D
* construct uncomplicated three-D shapes, store them as reusable elements, and use SketchUp's Outliner to teach or conceal them as you work
* take on a sophisticated version construction with plenty of aspect, and observe timesaving instruments for utilizing many components
* Animate the version through growing an inside walkthrough of your building
* costume up your version with real looking fabric shading and shadows, and position it in Google Earth

It's effortless to start. simply obtain this system from, and persist with the directions during this booklet. You'll develop into a SketchUp grasp in a jiffy.

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Selecting Objects Before you can move an object you create in SketchUp, you have to select it. Similarly, if you want to change the shape of an object, you need to select the edge or face of the object that you want to change. In fact, before you can do pretty much anything in SketchUp, you need to make a selection. If you’ve used drawing or animation programs, you’re probably pretty confident about your selection skills. That’s great—but SketchUp has a few quirks that you need to know about: • All SketchUp objects are made up of edges and faces.

All the edges and faces of the support board are highlighted. 8. Press G to open the Create Component box. Name the component Support, and for a description, type 2x8x52 inch piece of lumber. SketchUp adds the Support board to your component library. You’ve created all the lumber you need to build your bench. Okay, you’ve milled all the pieces of lumber you need for this bench (Figure 1-21). Grab your virtual nails. It’s time to put this baby together. Along the way, you’ll learn how to move and rotate objects and how to show and hide components in the drawing area.

Chapter 1: Building a Bench: Your First SketchUp Model 19 Firing Up SketchUp for the First Time 5. To add one final toolbar, choose View ➝ Toolbars ➝ Face Style. The six buttons on the Face Style toolbar change the way SketchUp objects appear in the drawing area. For example, the X-ray button makes object surfaces semitransparent—helpful for working with complex models. The other face styles are wireframe, hidden line, shaded, shaded with textures, and monochrome. ) For Mac The Mac toolbars have some of the tools embedded above the drawing area (Figure 1-5).

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