Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover PDF

By Chris Grover

A good way to learn how to create three-D versions utilizing Google SketchUp, this lacking guide is the fitting position to begin. packed with step by step tutorials, this enjoyable, reader-friendly consultant could have you developing particular 3D gadgets, together with development plans, furnishings, landscaping plans--even characters for desktop games--in no time.

Google SketchUp: The lacking Manual deals a hands-on journey of this system, with crystal-clear directions for utilizing each function and plenty of real-world examples that will help you decide up the sensible abilities you would like. discover ways to use the elemental instruments, construct and animate versions, and position your gadgets in Google Earth. With this ebook, you are going to:

* examine your method round the SketchUp workspace, and discover the variations among operating in 2-D and 3-D
* construct basic 3-D shapes, shop them as reusable parts, and use SketchUp's Outliner to teach or cover them as you work
* take on a sophisticated version construction with plenty of aspect, and become aware of timesaving instruments for utilizing many components
* Animate the version by means of developing an inside walkthrough of your building
* gown 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 keep on with the directions during this ebook. You'll turn into a SketchUp grasp in a jiffy.

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You’re probably a pro at milling up lumber by now, but in any case, here’s a short version of the steps again: 1. Click the Front view button or choose Camera ➝ Standard Views ➝ Front. Front view makes it easier to draw a rectangle on the red axis. 2. Choose the Rectangle (R) tool, and then draw a small rectangle of any size and shape. Don’t worry about the size; you’ll enter the dimensions in the Measurements toolbar. 3. Type 2, 8 for your dimensions, and then press Enter. The numbers appear in the Measurements toolbar, creating a rectangle that’s 2 inches wide and 8 inches tall.

Move the cursor so the support board rotates 90 degrees. There’s a snapping action when you reach 90 degrees. The value of the angle appears in the Measurements toolbar. 9. Click to complete the rotation and 90 degrees. When you complete the rotation, the Rotate tool’s guidelines disappear. Rotate cursor Rotation angle Figure 1-22: As you rotate an object, the protractor shows you the angle, and the Measurements toolbar translates it into degrees. First reference guideline Protractor Support board Measurements toolbar showing angle Chapter 1: Building a Bench: Your First SketchUp Model 43 Turning Your Bench Seat into a Component Tip: Two tools change your cursor into a protractor—the Rotate tool and the Protractor tool (page 283).

You see a list of templates with the heading Default Drawing Template. 3. Choose “Product Design and Woodworking – Feet and Inches” and then click OK. With this setting, SketchUp starts with a 3-D woodworking template when you open a new document. It doesn’t change the document that’s already open. 4. To open a new document using the template you just chose, go to File ➝ New. A new document opens. You may see changes in the drawing area from the last time you opened a document—like a different background color.

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