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 startcreating 3D models today

Maybe you need to build 3D models for work, or maybe you've justalways wanted to explore 3D modeling. Well, Google SketchUp wasmade for you, and here's what you need to get up to speed rightaway. Learn to make buildings and other objects, print your models,export them to other programs (including Google Earth), create 3Danimations, and more!

  • Hit the ground running — set up SketchUp, learn about edgesand faces, use inferences and guides, and build your firstmodel

  • Develop a workflow — set up basic end-to-end workflow forcreating and sharing models with your friends, clients, andco-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 stylesand shadows to add effects, make objects pop, and enhancerealism

  • Create presentation documents — use LayOut in SketchUp Proto add text, callouts, and images; draw with vector tools; andprint 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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