SketchUp Tutorials

Tutorial Home Page Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5



Level 1 The Basics for Beginners

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1

The Move Tool vs. The Scale Tool

Want to make an object larger?
When to use the Scale tool to proportionately enlarge an object.
When to use the Move tool to stretch an object without distorting
the object's geometry.

2

Using the Move Tool to Manipulate Geometry

The Move tool can Move objects, however, it can also Move Faces, Edges and Points to create and manipulate Geometry in your SketchUp model

3

Toolbox Series Part 1 - The Line Tool

Learn to use the SketchUp Line tool along with all of the additional functions available

4

Toolbox Series Part 2 - The Rectangle Tool

Learn to use the SketchUp Rectangle tool and define the rectangle's dimensions

5

Toolbox Series Part 3 - The Circle Tool

Learn to use the SketchUp Circle tool to draw not only circles but virtually any polygonal shape

6

Toolbox Series Part 4 - The Arc Tool

Learn to use all four of the SketchUp Arc tools along with all of the extended functions




Level 2 Tips and Tricks

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1

Good Modeling Practices and Techniques

Learn proper modeling techniques to make modeling quick, simple and mostly pain-free. I'll show you a technique I have developed over my many years as a SketchUp user.

2

Unflatten Your Ground Cover

Almost every ground cover texture has the same issue:
It displays as a repeating pattern that is very disturbing to the eye.....learn how to make the best of a bad thing




Level 3 Intermediate Skills

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1

Build Proper Roofs

Learn how to properly construct roofs such that they represent true to life construction techniques.....using this method will guarantee success

2

Build a Semi-Circular Ramp

Learn to create a correctly built semi-circular ramp complete with railings utilizing the extension Joint Push-Pull from Fredo6

3

4 Ways to Create Backgrounds

Backgrounds make a model look more real.....Learn four different and easy ways to add them to your model.

4

From PDF to 3D Topography

You have a PDF or Paper copy of a topographic map, but it's not a file type that can be utilized in SketchUp. Here's how you do it and get great results!




Level 4 Advanced Skills

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1

Create a Panoramic Background

Learn how to create and add a panoramic background that moves with the model transistioning from scene to scene in an animation.

2

Geo-location and Topography

Learn how to go about getting a Google Earth image into SketchUp, placing your model into the real world and construct neighboring structures. In addition you will learn how to construct topography from scratch or from a survey.

3

Good Modeling Practices and Techniques

Learn proper modeling techniques to make modeling quick, simple and mostly pain-free through the use of Groups, Components, Layers and Scenes.




Level 5 Animations and Movies

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Panoramic Background - The Movie

This is an animation developed within native SketchUp using a panoramic background created with the technique described in Level 4, tutorial 1.

2

Movie: 2 Homes and an Office Building

This video contains 3 movies spliced together; one movie of a home exported directly from native SketchUp, one exported from SketchUp and rendered in LumenRT 3, the last is of an Office Building animated and rendered in LumenRT 2015 Architect