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Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp™ 8 in 10 Minutes

 

Steven Holzner

 

Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons you’ll learn all you need to use Google’s free SketchUp 8 to create pro-quality 3D models of practically anything!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information

 

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

  • Quickly get up and running with SketchUp 8
  • Draw basic figures with the Rectangle, Circle, Polygon, and Arc tools
  • Create freehand drawings of any shape
  • Incorporate text into your models–even 3D text
  • Convert 2D models to 3D using Push/Pull, Move, Rotate, and other tools
  • Control your view of 3D objects with Orbit, Pan, and Zoom
  • Accurately measure lengths and angles
  • Create construction guides with Tape Measure, Dimensioning, and the Protractor
  • Organize your models into components and groups
  • Paint SketchUp objects in realistic colors
  • Scale your models simply by dragging your mouse
  • Use the innovative Follow-Me tool to quickly create complex 3D models
  • Instantly repeat edges and surfaces at offsets from the original
  • Draw cross-sections through any surface

 

Category:  Graphics & Design

Covers: Google SketchUp 8 Free Edition

User Level:  Beginning

 

Synopsis:

A clear, super quick, easy-to-understand guide for new Google SketchUp users
  • Fast access to instructions for every common task, plus reliable, concise answers to the most widely asked questions
  • Organized into lessons that distill the most crucial information on each Google SketchUp topic
  • Tips and cautions point out shortcuts, solutions, and help you avoid common pitfalls.
  • Google SketchUp is a suprisingly powerful 3D modeling program that allows you to design anything from a new house, to new landscaping design. While SketchUp Pro is powerful enough to be used by architects, civil engineers, game developers and other hardcore professionals, its free, less powerful cousin, Google SketchUp is perfect for beginners and casual users who want to design smaller scale products (gardens, room layouts, building projects and more). Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers for fast results. By working through the 10-minute lessons, you learn everything you need to know to quickly and easily get up to speed with Google SketchUp 8. Step-by-step instructions walk upi through the most common questions, issues, and tasks... Did You Know? tips offer insider advice and shortcuts... Watch Out alerts help them avoid problems. Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes will provide beginner and experienced users with fast at a glance tips pointing out helpful shortcuts and solutions, cautions to help avoid common Google SketchUp 8 pitfalls, and is written in a clear easy to understand format.

    About the Author

    Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, specializing in online topics such as Google Buzz, Gmail, and more. He’s been a contributing editor of PC Magazine and has specialized in online computing for many years. His books have sold more than 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 18 languages. Steve graduated from MIT and earned his PhD at Cornell. He’s been a very popular member of the faculty at both MIT and Cornell, teaching thousands of students over the years. He also runs his own software company and teaches weeklong classes to corporate programmers around the country.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    Chapter 1 Welcome to SketchUp

    Getting Started with SketchUp ..................................................5

    Drawing Lines..........................................................................7

    Drawing Simple Figures ............................................................7

    Pushing (or Pulling) for 3D ........................................................9

    Panning and Orbiting ..............................................................10

    Rotating and Moving ..............................................................15

    Painting ................................................................................17

    Using the Component Libraries ..............................................18

    Zooming................................................................................19

    Creating Guides and Dimension Indicators ..............................22

    Lots of Cool Stuff Coming Up ................................................23

    Chapter 2 Up and Running with SketchUp

    What SketchUp Is All About ....................................................29

    Getting and Installing SketchUp ..............................................30

    Starting SketchUp..................................................................33

    Understanding the Parts of SketchUp......................................36

    Using the Orbit Tool ..............................................................37

    Using the Pan Tool ................................................................39

    Using the Zoom Tool ..............................................................40

    Selecting a Work Template ....................................................42

    Understanding SketchUp Axes ................................................44

    Understanding Edges and Surfaces ........................................45

    Drawing Edges ......................................................................48

    Inferring Edges ......................................................................50

    Chapter 3 Drawing Shapes: Lines, Rectangles, Polygons, and Circles

    Getting Started ......................................................................55

    Drawing Lines........................................................................56

    Drawing Multiline Shapes ......................................................57

    Drawing Measured Lines ........................................................59

    Drawing Rectangles................................................................60

    Drawing Circles......................................................................62

    Drawing Polygons ..................................................................65

    Setting the Number of Sides of Circles or Polygons..................67

    Orienting Shapes ..................................................................69

    Getting Information About Shapes ..........................................70

    Saving Your Work ..................................................................72

    Chapter 4 Drawing Shapes: Arcs, Freehand, Text, and 3D Text

    Arcs, Freehand, and Text ........................................................73

    Drawing Arcs ........................................................................73

    Drawing Measured Arcs..........................................................75

    Drawing Arcs Tangent to Corners ............................................76

    Drawing Multiple Tangent Arcs ................................................79

    Setting the Number of Arc Segments ......................................80

    Drawing Freehand ..................................................................82

    Drawing Surfaces Freehand ....................................................83

    Drawing Text ..........................................................................84

    Annotating Objects with Text ..................................................86

    Setting Text Properties ..........................................................88

    Drawing 3D Text ....................................................................91

    Chapter 5 Going 3D

    Getting Started ......................................................................95

    Pulling Objects into 3D ..........................................................96

    Pushing Objects into 3D ........................................................98

    Using Measured Push/Pull ..................................................100

    Inferring Push/Pull ..............................................................101

    Cutting Openings ................................................................103

    Erasing Edges with the Eraser Tool........................................106

    Selecting Edges and Surfaces with the Select Tool ................109

    Copying Objects ..................................................................110

    Moving Edges and Surfaces with the Move Tool ....................112

    Drawing 3D by Subtracting Elements ....................................115

    Chapter 6 Creating Components and Groups

    Getting Started....................................................................119

    Using Sticky Geometry ........................................................120

    Creating a Group ................................................................121

    Creating Components ..........................................................125

    Editing Components ............................................................127

    Understanding the Difference Between

    Groups and Components......................................................129

    Exploding a Component........................................................132

    Managing Components ........................................................133

    Using the Component Sampler ............................................135

    Using the 3D Warehouse......................................................136

    Chapter 7 Painting Your Objects

    Painting ..............................................................................141

    Using the Paint Tool ............................................................143

    Selecting Materials ..............................................................145

    Eliminating Automatic Shading..............................................146

    Drawing in Solid Color ..........................................................148

    Painting Multiple Surfaces at Once........................................149

    Examining All Materials in Your Model ..................................151

    Creating Materials ..............................................................152

    Editing Materials..................................................................154

    Replacing All of a Material in a Drawing ................................156

    Sampling Existing Materials..................................................157

    Undoing Changes and Canceling Operations ..........................160

    Chapter 8 Using the Rotate, Scale, and Follow-Me Tools

    Using Some New Tools ........................................................161

    Rotating Objects ..................................................................161

    Rotating Parts of Objects......................................................164

    Locking the Rotate Tool’s Orientation ....................................168

    Scaling 2D Objects ..............................................................171

    Scaling 3D Objects ..............................................................172

    Tapering Objects in 3D ........................................................175

    Scaling from the Center of Objects........................................177

    Setting Exact Scale ..............................................................178

    Using the Follow-Me Tool ......................................................179

    Chapter 9 X-Raying Objects, Creating Guides and Offsets

    Getting Started....................................................................183

    X-Raying Objects ..................................................................184

    Offsetting Edges with the Offset Tool ....................................186

    Selecting Edges to Offset ....................................................189

    Creating Exact Offsets..........................................................192

    Repeating Offsets on Other Surfaces ....................................194

    Measuring Distances with the Tape Measure ........................195

    Creating Guides with the Tape Measure Tool..........................198

    Drawing Guides at Specific Offsets ......................................200

    Deleting Guides ..................................................................204

    Chapter 10 Dimensioning, Drawing Angles, and Getting Cross Sections of Models

    Dimensioning Distances ......................................................206

    Dimensioning Arcs ..............................................................208

    Freezing Dimensions ............................................................209

    Configuring Dimensioning Labels ..........................................211

    Measuring Angles ................................................................214

    Creating Guides at Specific Angles........................................217

    Creating Cutaway Views of Your Model ..................................220

    Reversing the Direction of a Section Cut ..............................222

     

     

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    Author:
    Holzner, Steven
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    "Synopsis" by , A clear, super quick, easy-to-understand guide for new Google SketchUp users
  • Fast access to instructions for every common task, plus reliable, concise answers to the most widely asked questions
  • Organized into lessons that distill the most crucial information on each Google SketchUp topic
  • Tips and cautions point out shortcuts, solutions, and help you avoid common pitfalls.
  • Google SketchUp is a suprisingly powerful 3D modeling program that allows you to design anything from a new house, to new landscaping design. While SketchUp Pro is powerful enough to be used by architects, civil engineers, game developers and other hardcore professionals, its free, less powerful cousin, Google SketchUp is perfect for beginners and casual users who want to design smaller scale products (gardens, room layouts, building projects and more). Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers for fast results. By working through the 10-minute lessons, you learn everything you need to know to quickly and easily get up to speed with Google SketchUp 8. Step-by-step instructions walk upi through the most common questions, issues, and tasks... Did You Know? tips offer insider advice and shortcuts... Watch Out alerts help them avoid problems. Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes will provide beginner and experienced users with fast at a glance tips pointing out helpful shortcuts and solutions, cautions to help avoid common Google SketchUp 8 pitfalls, and is written in a clear easy to understand format.
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