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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.
One of the things you can do with SketchUp is customize the interface; you can turn on and off toolbars so that you have them handy on the interface. So let's take a look at how do you work with toolbars. So if we go under View, we'll see we have a toolbars menu and we have a number of different options. Right now, we have the Getting Started tool set up but if we uncheck that you'll see that well now I don't have a toolbar. Now if you've memorized all of your keyboard shortcuts this could be a good way to work, for most people probably not so much.
So let's go ahead and turn that back on and let's take a look at some of these other toolbars. So if we go through here we have all sorts of different toolbars to give us different ways of working with SketchUp. So, for example, if I turn on what's called the Styles one, this will allow me to turn on or off different view styles, so, for example, what I can do Hidden Line, I can do Wire-frame, I can do Textures, those sorts of things. These are things that are also just within the menu system but they also put them up as tools so it makes it easier.
Now if you want you can also turn on, say, for example, one that helps you deal with shadows. So each one of these can be added or subtracted from the interface. Now I'm going to go ahead and turn off the Shadows and the Styles, I just wanted to show you that they are in there. And then there is another option here along the bottom which is actually pretty handy, and this is Large buttons. So Right now, it defaults to having these buttons as fairly large. Now if you're on a laptop this may not be so good, so if you want you can turn those off, and it makes all of the buttons smaller, which is nice if you're working on a smaller screen such as a laptop.
But for the purpose of this course I'm going to actually turn those back on, I just wanted to show you that those were there. Now one thing I am going to do is I'm going to turn on a toolbar called the Large tool Set, so let's go ahead and turn this on. And as you can see it has most of what we have in this default toolbar, plus a lot more, so it's actually a more robust toolbar. And actually I like to use this and I think you should probably get used to using it as well because it does make SketchUp go a lot faster. So I'm going to ahead and turn on my Large tool Set and turn off my Getting Started tool set, and that way I'll have my full complement of tools as we work through the course, and I'd suggest that you also turn that on for your version of SketchUp as well.
So once we have that turned on, let's go ahead and move on through the course.
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