Building Models in SketchUp

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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…]

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…]

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…]


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