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Building Models in SketchUp

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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…]

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…]

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