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SketchUp 2014 For Dummies

SketchUp 2014 For Dummies

Aidan Chopra

ISBN: 978-1-118-82264-7

May 2014

504 pages



Start building your 3D model today with a comprehensive guide to SketchUp 2014

SketchUp 2014 For Dummies is a user-friendly guide to creating 3D models, adding textures, creating animated walkthroughs, and more, using one of the most popular 3D modeling programs on the market. Fully updated to align with the release of SketchUp, the book guides you through the interface, tools, techniques, and tricks in SketchUp and SketchUp Pro, on both Windows and Mac platforms. Written for designers with no prior 3D modeling experience, the book provides beginner- to intermediate-level instruction in this powerful program.

With a strong emphasis on usability rather than features, SketchUp has found widespread success around the world. Available as a free download, the program allows you to get comfortable and develop your skills before investing in the Pro version's additional features. SketchUp 2014 For Dummies gets you up to speed fast, beginning with an overview of the basic concepts of 3D modeling before getting down to business with the software. Organized for easy navigation, the book can also serve as a handy desk reference for more experienced designers getting acquainted with the latest update. Topics include:

  • Using SketchUp 2014 to create 3D models
  • Printing on a plotter or 3D printer
  • Sharing designs via SketchUp 3D Warehouse
  • Exporting to another design package

The book also walks you through the creation of a detailed set of plans, and demonstrates how to give virtual "tours" of your design. A 16-page color insert illustrates the possibilities, and may just trigger your inspiration. Whether you're a designer, architect, engineer, or hobbyist, SketchUp 2014 For Dummies gets you started quickly.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with SketchUp 2014 7

Chapter 1: Meeting SketchUp 9

Chapter 2: Establishing the Modeling Mind-Set 21

Chapter 3: Getting a Running Start 57

Part II: Modeling in SketchUp 73

Chapter 4: Building Buildings 75

Chapter 5: Falling in Love with Components 123

Chapter 6: Going Beyond Buildings 157

Chapter 7: Keeping Your Model Organized 207

Chapter 8: Modeling with Photos and Other Resources 221

Chapter 9: 3D Printing with SketchUp Models 269

Part III: Viewing Your Model in Different Ways 301

Chapter 10: Working with St yles and Shadows 303

Chapter 11: Presenting Your Model inside SketchUp 337

Part IV : Sharing What You’ve Made 367

Chapter 12: Paper or Cloud? Printing and Uploading Your Work 369

Chapter 13: Exporting Images and Animations 389

Chapter 14: Creating Presentations with LayOut 409

Chapter 15: Diving Deeper into LayOut 431

Part V: The Part of Tens 459

Chapter 16: Ten SketchUp Traps and Their Work-arounds 461

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Discover Even More 469

Index 473

Bonus Chapter 1: Exporting to CAD, Illustration, and Other Modeling Software
Bonus Chapter 2: Building Your Own Dynamic Components