Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies
By Aidan Chopra
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Final Release Date: April 2009
Pages: 432

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

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