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Building Models in SketchUp

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How to Stretch a Photo over a Face in Google SketchUp 8

Stretch Texture mode in Google SketchUp lets you edit your texture by stretching it to fit the face it’s painted on. If you want to map a photograph of a building façade to your model, this is the mode [more…]

How to Set Up for Photo-Matching in Google SketchUp 8

Photo-matching in Google SketchUp allows you to build a model based on a photograph or match your model view to a photograph. If you have a good photograph [more…]

How to Model by Photo-Matching in Google SketchUp 8

Photo-matching in Google SketchUp allows you to build a model based on a photograph or match your model view to a photograph. If you have a good photograph [more…]

How to Model on Top of Photo Textures in Google SketchUp 8

If you place a photo texture on the right face and in the right place on that face in Google SketchUp, you can use the information in your photograph to help you add geometry to your model. Modeling with [more…]

How to Apply Styles to Your Models in Google SketchUp 8

SketchUp Styles is all about deciding how your geometry — all your faces and edges — will actually look.The easiest way to get started with styles is to apply the pre-made styles that come with Google [more…]

How to Modify Edge Settings in Google SketchUp 8

The Edge section of the Edit tab in the Styles dialog box in Google SketchUp contains all the controls that affect the appearance of edges in your model. This includes their visibility, their color, and [more…]

How to Modify Face Settings in Google SketchUp 8

The Face section of the Edit tab in the Styles dialog box in Google SketchUp controls the appearance of faces in your model, including their default colors, their visibility, and their transparency. You [more…]

How to Work with Watermarks in Google SketchUp 8

Google SketchUp watermarks are much easier to understand if you don’t think about them as actual watermarks. They’re not anything like watermarks, in fact — they’re much more useful. Watermarks [more…]

How to Change Modeling Settings in Google SketchUp 8

All you need to know about the controls in the Modeling section of the Styles dialog box in Google SketchUp is that there’s not much to know. Use the controls to adjust the color and visibility of all [more…]

How to Create a New Style in Google SketchUp 8

Creating a new style in Google SketchUp adds it to your In Model collection of styles, so you can come back and apply it to your model anytime you like. Follow these steps to create a new style: [more…]

How to Save and Share New Styles in Google SketchUp 8

As you work in Google SketchUp, you’ll want to create your own styles. You’ll also want to save those styles so that you can use them in other models. If you’re part of a team, everyone will likely want [more…]

How to Use Shadows in Google SketchUp 8

The basic thing to understand about shadows in Google SketchUp is that, just like in real life, they’re controlled by changing the position of the sun. Because the sun moves exactly the same way every [more…]

How to Create Accurate Shadows in Google SketchUp 8

Google SketchUp can display accurate shadows, one of its most useful features. Adding shadows to freestanding things like tables, lamps, and pineapples is a mostly aesthetic undertaking; just fiddle with [more…]

How to Present Your Google SketchUp Model with the Walk Tool

A couple tools in Google SketchUp 8 are dedicated to moving around your model as if you were actually walking inside it. The first step is to position yourself so that you seem to stand inside your model [more…]

How to Set Your Field of View in Google SketchUp 8

Field of view is how much of your Google SketchUp model you can see in your modeling window at one time. Imagine your eyesight kind of like a cone, with the pointy end pointing at your eyes and the cone [more…]

Using Scenes in Google SketchUp 8

Google SketchUp scenes are saved views of your model. It’s probably easiest to think of scenes as cameras, except that scenes can save much more than just camera positions. You can even create animated [more…]

How to Create Scenes in Google SketchUp 8

Making a scene in Google SketchUp is not like taking a snapshot of your model. If you create a scene to save a view, continue working on your model, and then return to that scene, your model doesn’t go [more…]

How to Move Between Scenes in Google SketchUp 8

The transitions from scene to scene in Google SketchUp are animated. You don’t have to do anything special to make this happen; it’s something SketchUp automatically does to make things look better. You [more…]

How to Modify Scenes in Google SketchUp 8

After you create scenes in Google SketchUp, you’ll inevitably need to fiddle with them in some way. After all, modifying something is almost always easier than making it all over again, and the same thing [more…]

How to Update Scenes in Google SketchUp 8

If you want to update (make changes to) an existing Google SketchUp scene, you update all the scene’s properties at once, which is a piece of cake, or update the scene’s properties selectively, which isn’t [more…]

How to Cut Plans and Sections in Google SketchUp 8

In Google SketchUp, sections are objects that let you cut away parts of your model to look inside. You place sections wherever you need them, use them to create views you couldn’t otherwise get, and then [more…]

Geo-Modeling for Google Earth with Google Building Maker and Google SketchUp 8

If you’re modeling existing buildings specifically so they’ll appear in everyone’s Google Earth, you’re geo-modeling. The thing is, geo-modeling (building models for Google Earth) is different from other [more…]

Geo-Modeling for Google Earth in Google SketchUp 8 Only

Because Google SketchUp is especially good for architecture, you can use it to make buildings that you can look at in Google Earth. If you want, you can also upload [more…]

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 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…]


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