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How to Use the Select Tool in Google SketchUp 8

If you want to move (rotate, copy, and so on) something in your model, you need to select it first. When you select elements, you’re telling SketchUp that [more…]

How to Move Objects in Google SketchUp 8

The Move tool is the one that looks like crossed red arrows. Using this tool involves clicking the entity you want to move, moving it to where you want it to be, and clicking again to drop it. The maneuver [more…]

How to Use the Rotate Tool in Google SketchUp 8

Using SketchUp’s Rotate tool is a lot like moving items. Despite the fact that rotation is pretty straightforward, it has a hitch: The SketchUp Rotate tool has a trick up its sleeve that most new modelers [more…]

How to Paint Faces in Google SketchUp 8

When adding colors and textures — collectively referred to in SketchUp as materials — to your model, there’s really only one place you need to look, and one tool you need to use — the Materials dialog [more…]

How to Start Using Google SketchUp 8

With Google SketchUp, you can make a simple model step by step, spin it around, paint it, and even apply styles and shadows. So what are you going to build? Perhaps a doghouse. The nice thing about doghouses [more…]

How to Draw a Simple Model in Google SketchUp 8

By putting together the various SketchUp features, you can produce a knockout model in no time.

So what are you going to build? Perhaps a doghouse. The nice thing about doghouses is that they’re a lot like [more…]

How to Paint a Model in Google SketchUp 8

To color your model, you have to understand how to spin it around first. Moving around your model (let’s say it’s a doghouse) is the most important skill to develop when you’re first figuring out SketchUp [more…]

How to Start a Model in 2D in Google SketchUp 8

If you’re going to use Google SketchUp to draw a 2D plan, the first thing you need to do is orient your point of view. It’s easiest to draw in 2D when you’re directly above your work, looking down at the [more…]

How to Draw an Interior Outline in Google SketchUp 8

Because the main goal of making an interior model of a building in Google SketchUp is to end up with accurate interior spaces, you need to work from the inside out. If your tape measure is long enough, [more…]

How to Offset and Group an Exterior Wall in Google SketchUp 8

You might find it easier to visualize your space in Google SketchUp if you offset the exterior wall thickness. This will give the wall depth instead of having it look like a simple line, make a doorway [more…]

How to Add Interior Walls to a Model in Google SketchUp 8

When you are modeling a building in Google SketchUp, you can add interior walls to your building before switching to a 3D view. When you draft a floorplan in SketchUp, it really helps to ignore things [more…]

How to Add Floors to a Building Model in Google SketchUp 8

Adding a second (and third, and fourth) floor to your model in Google SketchUp isn’t as hard as it may seem. The key is to think of each level as a separate “tray” consisting of interior walls, a floor [more…]

How to Create Additional Exterior Walls in Google SketchUp 8

Buildings — especially multilevel houses — are complicated assemblies. Figuring out where walls, floors, and ceilings come together takes time, trial and error, and a good dose of spatial reasoning. Second-floor [more…]

How to Insert Doors and Windows in Google SketchUp 8

When building models in Google SketchUp, you can make openings in your walls in a couple ways. The best option depends on what kind of building you’re modeling, whether you’re using single-face or double-face [more…]

How to Make Stairs in Google SketchUp 8 Using Subdivided Rectangles

The Subdivided Rectangles method of creating stairs is how most people think to draw their first set of stairs in Google SketchUp; it’s intuitive and simple, but it’s also a bit more time-consuming than [more…]

How to Make Stairs in Google SketchUp 8 Using a Copied Profile

When building a model in Google SketchUp, making a staircase using a copied profile relies on using Push/Pull to create a 3D form from a 2D face. In a nutshell, draw the [more…]

How to Build a Gabled Roof in Google SketchUp 8

Home builders sometimes go a little crazy, creating gabled roofs with dozens of different pitches (slopes), dormers, eaves and other doodads that make modeling them in Google SketchUp a nightmare. You [more…]

How to Use Groups in Google SketchUp 8

Making and using groups in Google Sketchup are the keys to keeping the stuff in your model from sticking together. Stuff in your model wants to stick to other stuff, but grouped geometry doesn’t stick [more…]

Working with Components in Google SketchUp 8

In Google SketchUp, components are groupings of geometry (edges and faces) that make working in SketchUp faster, easier, and more fun. In a lot of ways, components are really just fancy groups — they do [more…]

How to Create a New Component in Google SketchUp 8

Creating simple components in Google SketchUp is a pretty easy process, but making more complicated ones — components that automatically cut openings, stick to surfaces, and always face the viewer — can [more…]

Using Dynamic Components in Google SketchUp 8

Dynamic Components (DCs) are models that have an idea of what they are; they know what to do when you interact with them. Once upon a time, the smartest thing a component could do was cut its own hole [more…]

How to Model Symmetrically in Google SketchUp 8

You can take advantage of both bilateral and radial symmetry with Google SketchUp components. To do so, assemble those components as follows, depending on what type of symmetry your object has: [more…]

How to Use Follow Me in Google SketchUp 8

At its core, the Follow Me tool in Google SketchUp lets you create forms that are extrusions. It’s a little bit like Push/Pull, except that it doesn’t just work in one direction. You tell Follow Me to [more…]

How to Make Lathed Forms in Google SketchUp 8

Lathed forms, like spheres and bottles, can also be modeled in Google SketchUp. And a surprising number of things can be modeled in Google SketchUp by using Follow Me to perform a lathe operation. A [more…]

How to Subtract from a Model with Follow Me in Google SketchUp 8

The best way to round off edges in Google SketchUp is to use Follow Me. In addition to using Follow Me to add to your model, you can also subtract from your model. [more…]


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