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SketchUp brings 3D to everybody! Find out how, and start creating 3D models today
Maybe you need to build 3D models for work, or maybe you've just always wanted to explore 3D modeling. Well, Google SketchUp was made for you, and here's what you need to get up to speed right away. Learn to make buildings and other objects, print your models, export them to other programs (including Google Earth), create 3D animations, and more!
Hit the ground running set up SketchUp, learn about edges and faces, use inferences and guides, and build your first model
Develop a workflow set up basic end-to-end workflow for creating and sharing models with your friends, clients, and co-workers
Beyond buildings model non-boxy objects like terrain, simple characters, and household objects like furniture
Take a different view spruce up your models with styles and shadows to add effects, make objects pop, and enhance realism
Create presentation documents use LayOut in SketchUp Pro to add text, callouts, and images; draw with vector tools; and print models to scale
Open the book and find:
What SketchUp can and can't do
How to add style to your model
Tips for building different types of roofs
How to add stairs, furniture, and landscaping
Effects that add realism to your models
How to build models for Google Earth
Ways to solve common SketchUp problems
Ten plugins, extensions, and resources to consider
The proposed book would be a beginner- and intermediate-user level manual who’s purpose would be to introduce readers to 3D modeling with SketchUp. It would assume no prior knowledge of 3D modeling software, techniques or conventions. Upon reading the book in its entirety, readers would:
- Understand the basic concepts involved in 3D modeling
- Understand what kind of computer they’ll need to run SketchUp
- Understand where SketchUp fits in the universe of 3D modeling software
- Learn how to build a 3D model and
- Print it out
- Share it with a friend
- Export it to another professional design package
- Export it to Google Earth
- Create a 3D animated tour
Readers should also be able to use this book modularly, meaning that specific information should be readily findable for a person with a specific question or concern. The book would cover both Google SketchUp (free) and SketchUp Pro on both Mac and Windows platforms, and will contain a 16-page color insert to help with the thumb test.
* Assuming no prior knowledge of 3D modeling software, this helpful guide shows architects and other design professionals as well as hobbyists and home users how to harness the power of Google SketchUp to create 3D models
* First reviews the basic concepts of 3D modeling, and then goes on to discuss both the free (Google SketchUp 'X') and professional (Google SketchUp Pro 'X') versions of SketchUp
* Explains how to build a 3D model, print it out, share it, export it to Google Earth and other professional design packages, add textures, and create a 3D animated tour
* Contains a 16-page color insert
Google SketchUp is the exciting free software package that makes 3D available to everybody. Whether you need to build 3D models for work, or you’ve just always wanted to explore 3D modeling, Google SketchUp was made for you. Still, it does take a bit of understanding to get started, so turn to Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies
In classic For Dummies tradition, Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies gets right to the point so you can start creating 3D models right away. You’ll learn to:
- Set up SketchUp, learn about edges and faces, use inferences and guides, and build your first model
- Establish a basic end-to-end workflow for creating and sharing models
- Model non-boxy objects like terrain, characters, bottles, and spheres
- Add details like stairs, gutters, and eaves
- Spruce up your models with styles and shadows to add effects, make objects pop, and enhance realism
- Use the LayOut function to draw with vector tools, add text and callouts, and print your work
- Design buildings and objects, export your models to other design programs or to Google Earth, and explore 3D animation
On the book’s companion Web site, you’ll also find a bonus chapter and videos demonstrating more about what you can do with Google SketchUp. Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies also shows you what SketchUp can and can’t do, and offers tips for solving common problems. Add a new dimension to your work today!
About the Author
Aidan Chopra is the product evangelist for SketchUp at Google. He writes and edits SketchUpdate, a popular e-newsletter and blog that reaches hundreds of thousands of SketchUp users worldwide.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with SketchUp.
Chapter 1: Meeting Google SketchUp.
Chapter 2: Establishing the Modeling Mind-Set.
Chapter 3: Getting Off to a Running Start.
Part II: Modeling in SketchUp.
Chapter 4: Building Buildings.
Chapter 5: Falling in Love with Components.
Chapter 6: Going Beyond Buildings.
Chapter 7: Keeping Your Model Organized.
Chapter 8: Modeling with Photographs.
Part III: Viewing Your Model in Different Ways.
Chapter 9: Working with Styles and Shadows.
Chapter 10: Presenting Your Model Inside SketchUp.
Part IV: Sharing What You’ve Made.
Chapter 11: Working with Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse.
Chapter 12: Printing Your Work.
Chapter 13: Exporting Images and Animations.
Chapter 14: Creating Presentation Documents with LayOut.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten SketchUp Traps and Their Workarounds.
Chapter 16: Ten Plugins, Extensions, and Resources Worth Getting.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Discover Even More.