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How to Geo-Locate Your Google SketchUp Model

No matter what kind of model you build in Google SketchUp, displaying it in Google Earth begins with giving it a geographic location, or geo-location for short. In SketchUp, geo-locating your model involves [more…]

How to View Your Google SketchUp Model in Google Earth

After you make (or simply position) a Google SketchUp model on top of a geo-location snapshot, sending it to your copy of Google Earth is a simple operation. And after you do that, you can save your model [more…]

How to Upload Your Google SketchUp Model to the 3D Warehouse

The 3D Warehouse is a huge collection of 3D models that is searchable and, most importantly, free for everyone to use. If you have a Google SketchUp model you want to share with the world, share with just [more…]

How to Print from Google SketchUp 8 with a Windows Computer

Printing from Google SketchUp is easy, as long as you’re not trying to do anything too complicated. Most of the time, all you need to do is print exactly what you see on your screen. Follow these steps [more…]

How to Print from Google SketchUp 8 with a Mac

Printing from Google SketchUp is easy, as long as you’re not trying to do anything too complicated. And if you’re using a Mac, the printing story is a little simpler than it is for folks who use Windows [more…]

How to Print to Scale from Google SketchUp 8

Sometimes, instead of printing exactly what you see on your Google SketchUp screen so that it fits on a sheet of paper, you may need to print a drawing [more…]

How to Export a Raster Image from Google SketchUp 8

The free version of Google SketchUp can only export 2D views of your model as raster images. Raster images are made up of dots. (Technically, these dots are [more…]

Understanding Google SketchUp’s Raster Formats

When you export a raster image in Google SketchUp 8, you’re saving your current view to a separate file somewhere on your computer. As a raster image, that file consists of tiny, colored dots, or pixels [more…]

Exporting Google SketchUp 8 Images for Print

To make a decent-sized print of your exported Google SketchUp image, it needs to contain enough pixels per inch of image.An image’s pixel density, expressed in pixels per inch [more…]

How to Create an Animation with Google SketchUp 8

What’s so great about animation export in Google SketchUp is how easy it is to do. The key to exporting animations of your SketchUp models is using scenes. Scenes are saved views of your model that you [more…]

How to Export an Animation with Google SketchUp 8

What’s so great about animation export in Google SketchUp is how easy it is to do; you have only one choice if you want to export a movie from SketchUp. If you’re using Windows, create an AVI file; Mac [more…]

How to Build a LayOut Document

LayOut enables you to create documents for presenting your 3D Google SketchUp 8 models, both on paper and onscreen. LayOut was designed to be easy to use, quick to learn, and tightly integrated with SketchUp [more…]

How to Include SketchUp Model Views in LayOut Documents

To get a view from Google SketchUp into LayOut, all you do is insert a SketchUp file. From within LayOut, you can pick the view you like best. You can also use as many views of the same model as you want [more…]

Adding Images to a LayOut Document

LayOut gives you the tools to create cover pages, title blocks, callouts, and symbols — whatever needs to accompany views of your model. Inserting images into your LayOut document is a straightforward [more…]

Annotating Google SketchUp 8 Models with Text and Dimensions in LayOut

LayOut enables you to create documents for presenting your 3D Google SketchUp models, both on paper and onscreen. LayOut was designed to be easy to use, quick to learn, and tightly integrated with SketchUp [more…]

How to Print and Export LayOut Documents

LayOut enables you to create documents for presenting your 3D Google SketchUp models, both on paper and onscreen. Printing your documents and exporting them to PDFs are often parts of the pre-presentation [more…]

How to Export a DWG or DXF LayOut File

You’d be hard-pressed to find a piece of professional computer-aided drawing (CAD) software that can’t read the DWG and DXF formats, which are the industry standard for exchanging CAD files with people [more…]

How to Add Photos to Curved Surfaces in Google SketchUp 8

How you go about mapping an image to a curved surface in Google SketchUp depends on what type you have. With that in mind, curved surfaces fall into two general categories: [more…]

How to Add Photos to Flat Faces in Google SketchUp 8

Painting surfaces with pictures using 3D software like Google SketchUp is called mapping. Different software programs have different methods for mapping pictures to faces, and luckily, SketchUp’s are pretty [more…]

Understanding Edges and Faces in Google SketchUp 8

In SketchUp, everything is made up of one of two kinds of things: edges and faces. They’re the basic building blocks of every model you’ll ever make.

Collectively, the edges and faces in your model are [more…]

How to Give Instructions with Drawing Axes on Google SketchUp 8

Drawing axes are the key to understanding how Google SketchUp works. Simply put, you use SketchUp’s drawing axes to figure out where you are (and where you want to go) in 3D space. When you’re working [more…]

Understanding Inferences in Google SketchUp 8

Without inferences, SketchUp wouldn’t be very useful. If you’ve spent any time fiddling with SketchUp, you’ve noticed all the little colored circles, squares, dotted lines, yellow tags, and other doodads [more…]

Using Inferences to Draw Models in Google SketchUp 8

A big part of using SketchUp’s inference engine involves locking and encouraging inferences — sometimes even simultaneously. When you begin sketching models, these actions seem a little like that thing [more…]

How to View Your Work in Google SketchUp 8

When building a 3D model, it’s important to have a good view of what you’re doing. Using SketchUp without learning how to orbit, zoom, and pan is like trying to build a ship in a bottle. In the dark. With [more…]

How to Draw Edges in Google SketchUp 8

SketchUp models are really just fancy collections of edges, and you use the Line tool to draw individual edges. So anything you make in SketchUp you can make with the Line tool. Being able to use the Line [more…]

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