Google SketchUp is an extremely powerful 3d modeling tool useful for pre- senting geometric concepts and exploring 3d space in the classroom. The free version of SketchUp offers most of the same tools used by professional architects all over the world. SketchUp’s familiar pencil and paper para- digm presented in a software context makes it easy for anyone to use this tool. This course is intended for students with little or no 3d experience, who want to learn how to build 3d models in Google SketchUp.
Google SketchUp has found a niche in architecture, landscape design, real estate development, furniture building, and other design professions. This book provides an accessible approach that assumes no previous 3D modeling experience and explains the basic concepts involved in 3D modeling. Introduction to SketchUp shows readers how to build a 3D model, print it, share it, export it to another professional design package, export it to Google Earth, and create a 3D animated tour. It also helps readers harness the power of Google SketchUp so that they can populate Google Earth with 3D buildings, monuments, and other sculptures.
This edition is updated with the latest version of Google SketchUp software, easy-to- read, and practical, this text not only helps you learn how to use Google SketchUp at your own pace; it helps you master the core competencies and skills you need to succeed. Developed with architects, interior designers, landscapers and other design gurus in mind, Google SketchUp is the fast, easy way to build 3D models of anything you wants—buildings, furniture, landscapes, or your own unique creations.
SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc., a mapping, surveying and navigation equipment company. There is an online library of free model assemblies (e.g. windows, doors, automobiles), 3D Warehouse, to which users may contribute models. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable "styles", supports third-party "plug-in" programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g. near photo-realistic rendering) and enables placement of its models within Google earth.
Meeting Google SketchUp: A Brief Overview
- Establishing the Modeling Mindset: Model Basics ,
- Building Simple Models: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Model of a Doghouse ,
- Modeling Buildings: From Drafting a Floor Plan to Adding a Roof ,
- Keeping Your Model’s Appearance - Working with Components
- Creating Everyday Objects: Tools, Techniques, and Tips
- Keeping Your Model Organized: Using the Outliner and Layers
- Modeling with Photographs: Using Photo Match to Build Models
- Changing Your Model’s Appearance: Applying Styles and Shadows
- Working with Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse: Tying Together All of Google’s 3D Software
- Printing Your Work: With a Windows PC and a Mac
- Exporting Images and Animations: Making Image Files and Movies
- Exporting to CAD, Illustration, and Other Modeling Software: Using SketchUp Pro
- Creating Presentation Documents with LayOut: Presenting 3D SketchUp Pro Models on Paper and On Screen: Working with Templates and Scrapbooks
- Troubleshooting and Using Additional Resources: Fixing Problems and Enhancing Your Model.