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How to Model with the Scale Tool in Google SketchUp 8

New Google SketchUp users assume that Scale is for resizing things in your model. That’s technically true, but most folks only use it to resize whole objects; the real power of Scale happens when you use [more…]

How to Combine Scale and Follow Me in Google SketchUp 8

One way to create organic forms in Google SketchUp is to use Follow Me. This technique is ideally suited to making long, curvy, tapered things like tentacles and antlers; it’s a little time-consuming but [more…]

How to Create a New Terrain Model in Google SketchUp 8

When modeling in Google SketchUp, you may need to create terrain. Whether you’re modeling a patch of ground for a building or redesigning Central Park, you can model terrain from existing data, which usually [more…]

How to Smoove Existing Terrain in Google SketchUp 8

No matter how you’ve made the terrain model you want to edit in Google SketchUp, it probably consists of lots and lots of triangles. Switch on Hidden Geometry [more…]

How to Place a Building on Your Terrain in Google SketchUp 8

After you’ve created a terrain in Google SketchUp, you may need to place a building on it. The Stamp tool provides an easy way to stamp a building footprint into a terrain surface, creating a flat “pad” [more…]

How to Create Paths and Roads in Google SketchUp 8

Perhaps you’ve created a gently sloping terrain in Google SketchUp and you want to draw a meandering path on it. The path has to follow the contours of the terrain, but because you want to paint it with [more…]

Understanding Solid Objects in Google SketchUp 8

Solid Tools provide a completely new way for Google SketchUp modelers to work. Solid modeling operations give you the ability create the shapes you need by adding or subtracting other shapes to or from [more…]

Exploring Solid Tools in Google SketchUp 8

Solid Tools provide a completely new way for Google SketchUp modelers to work. Solid modeling operations (or Boolean operations) give you the ability create the shapes you need by adding or subtracting [more…]

Using the Outliner in Google SketchUp 8

The Google SketchUp Outliner is a dialog box that’s basically a fancy list of all the groups and components in your SketchUp model. It shows you which groups and components are nested inside other ones [more…]

How to Avoid Problems with Layers in Google SketchUp 8

Layers can be really helpful; they control visibility and gather particular kinds of geometry so that you can easily turn it on (make it visible) and turn it off [more…]

How to Model with Repeated Elements in Google SketchUp 8

When building models in Google SketchUp, you may realize that some elements of your model are made up of a bunch of identical, repeated smaller elements. A staircase is a perfect example of an object that’s [more…]

How to Make Extruded Shapes in Google SketchUp 8

When adding extruded shapes, like gutters and handrails, to your Google SketchUp models, you use the Follow Me tool. A lot of the time, you want to use Follow Me to create geometry [more…]

How to Use the Scale Tool to Make Organic Forms in Google SketchUp 8

Making organic forms in Google SketchUp involves using the Scale tool in combination with a series of 2D profiles to create curvy, lumpy, distinctly un-boxy 3D shapes. An awful lot of the stuff in the [more…]

How to Use the Measurements Box in Google SketchUp 8

The key to accuracy in SketchUp is the little text box that lives in the lower-right corner of your SketchUp window. This box is the Measurements box, and here are some things you can do with it: [more…]

How to Use Guides in Google SketchUp 8

Guides are useful for lining up things, making things the right size, and generally adding precision and accuracy to what you’re building. In previous versions of SketchUp, guides were called [more…]

Using Layers in Google SketchUp 8

Layers in Google SketchUp are different from layers in most other graphics programs, and that’s confusing for lots of people. SketchUp isn’t a 2D program; it’s a 3D program. So how can it have layers? [more…]

How to Model Terrain from Scratch in Google SketchUp 8

When modeling in Google SketchUp, you may need to create terrain. Whether you’re modeling a patch of ground for a building or redesigning Central Park, you can model terrain from scratch. You don’t have [more…]

13 Tips and Techniques for Using SketchUp

One of the best things about SketchUp is that you can use it to create 3-D models much more quickly than with other modeling programs. You can really turn up the speed on your creations with the following [more…]

3 Timesaving Techniques for Using SketchUp

Creating a 3-D model takes time, but SketchUp makes it accessible and easy when compared to high-end modeling programs. As you create your models in SketchUp, you'll come to appreciate the following timesaving [more…]

13 Keyboard Shortcuts for Common SketchUp Tools

SketchUp offers keyboard shortcuts for the tools you use most often as you create models. To select the tool you want, simply press the letter that's indicated in the following table. [more…]

SketchUp 2014 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Like any 3-D modeling program, SketchUp 2014 offers different ways to do common tasks. In this Cheat Sheet, you'll find tips on the best way to use SketchUp tools and to boost your productivity. Keyboard [more…]

18 Great Scripts for Modeling in SketchUp

SketchUp enables you to add scripts that extend what the program can do. In the following sections, you find super-helpful scripts for modeling compiled into a few super-helpful lists. [more…]

Drawing with LayOut Vector Tools

LayOut (a separate program that you get with SketchUp Pro) includes a full slate of drawing tools that you can use to create logos, title bars, north arrows, graphic scales — anything you want. The drawings [more…]

How to Model in SketchUp: A YouTube Video Guide

When you're learning to model in 3D, sometimes seeing a modelling technique in action explains more than words ever could. SketchUp 2014 For Dummies author Aidan Chopra has a [more…]

Why Use Ruby Scripts with SketchUp?

When you add Ruby scripts to SketchUp, it's like giving SketchUp special powers to perform a specific task. For example, if you import a CAD drawing into SketchUp, a number of Ruby scripts can help you [more…]

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