SketchUp - Quick Start Guide
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SketchUp - Quick Start Guide

Sketchup is Application for creating 3D models. It has powerful snapping and measuring tools for precise positioning and alignment of the objects.

About the Book

This Book was created as a Quick Start Guide into SketchUp.

SketchUp is Application for creating 3D models mostly for architectural purposes.

This Quick Start Guide introduces some basic Tools you can use in SketchUp.

Then we move forward into applying these Tools through few practical Examples.

We will learn how to create 2D Floor Plan and then how to convert it into 3D House Model.

Additional examples show how to create 3D Components that can be reused in other Projects.

We will also take a brief look at companion Layout application which is used for documenting your SketchUp model by adding: dimensions, labels, text, photos.

About the Author

Ivor Online
Ivor Online


"Things are only as complicated as they are badly explained" 

Proper documentation is essential to avoid struggle and frustration when working with simple things that only seem complicated by not being properly documented and explained. 



"Working example is worth thousand words"

Just like the picture is worth thousand words the same goes for the working example. Documentation in the form of working examples is proved to be the fastest and the most effective way of transferring knowledge. Sometimes an example is all you need to get the things done. And if there are some accompanying comments that explain what is going on even better. This approach is used in this book. This results in fast learning and the ability to apply tutorials when you need them in the spirit of Just In Time Support. 

I wish you rapid learning!



Table of Contents

  • 1. Quick Start
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Create Account
    • 1.3 Create Web Project
  • 2. SketchUp
    • 2.1 Settings (SketchUp Pro Desktop)
      • 2.1.1 Shading
      • 2.1.2 File Locations
      • 2.1.3 Decimal Format
    • 2.2 Shortcuts
  • 3. Main Terms
    • 3.1 Web Interface
    • 3.2 Guidelines
    • 3.3 Z-Axis for 2D Layers
  • 4. Tools
    • 4.1 Paint
    • 4.2 Sample Material
    • 4.3 Line
    • 4.4 Arc
    • 4.5 Rectangle
    • 4.6 Offset
    • 4.7 Move
    • 4.8 Tape Measure
  • 5. Popup Window
    • 5.1 Group
    • 5.2 Make Component
  • 6. Sidebar
    • 6.1 Components
    • 6.2 Styles
    • 6.3 Tags
    • 6.4 Scenes
    • 6.5 Entity Info
  • 7. Menu
    • 7.1 Export (SketchUp Project)
    • 7.2 Download (SketchUp SKP File)
    • 7.3 Insert (Component)
    • 7.4 Section Plane
  • 8. Examples
    • 8.1 2D Floor Plan
    • 8.2 3D House
    • 8.3 3D Components
      • 8.3.1 Handle
      • 8.3.2 Door
      • 8.3.3 Window
      • 8.3.4 Stairs
      • 8.3.5 Floating Stairs (From normal Stairs)
      • 8.3.6 Floating Stairs (From Plank)
      • 8.3.7 Floating Stairs - With Glass Rail
      • 8.3.8 Other
    • 8.4 Animations
      • 8.4.1 Swinging door
  • 9. Appendix
    • 9.1 Layout
      • 9.1.1 Import SketchUp Scene into Layout
      • 9.1.2 Dimensions
      • 9.1.3 Text
  • 10. Errors
    • 10.1 Distorted Square
    • 10.2 Can't place floor behind elements
    • 10.3 Invisible surfaces
    • 10.4 Can't move Object imported through Direct Link

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