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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.
Like many drawing and illustration packages, we also have the ability to arrange objects and group them. So we can put objects in front of or behind objects as well as create groups of objects. So, let's say for example, I have this house here and I want to create a label for the house or name for the house. So, for example, I could take my text and just type in, give it the name that we want. I'm giving it the name MoyHouse, after my daughter. We can change the font to really whatever we want.
Let's say we wanted to highlight this a little bit and we wanted to, [00:00:38.8] for example, put a rectangle around it. So, let's go ahead and draw a rectangle. Let's say I wanted to have a little bit of a rounded corner to that rectangle, but you notice here that since I drew the rectangle last, it's in front of the text. So I can fix that very easily by using the Arrangement tool. So, these are very similar to what you'd find in Illustrator. You can find Bring to Front or Send Back. So if we send it backward, it sends it back one layer.
If we send it to back, that means it sends it all the way to the back. So, for example, if I go Send to Back there, there we go. Now I've got my object there. Now, because I've sent this completely to the back, it's actually behind the house. So, if I wanted to bring it forward, I could select this text string and go Bring Forward, or send it backward and hopefully it should be in front of this, right.
So now this is at the bottom and both of these are above here. Now if I want to move this logo around, I can select it and move it, but if you notice, it's still separate, so the text and the box are actually separate objects. So I can't move them individually. Now I could rubber band select them and just select both of them and move them around, but the easier thing to do is just to group them. So I can select both of them and under Edit, we can do Group or Ctrl+G. What that does is it just makes them into one object.
So, now this object can be scaled or moved around to wherever you want. Of course, if you want to ungroup things, we can certainly do that as well. Now, one of the nice things you can do is you can actually group things in hierarchies. Again, just very similar to what you would do in Illustrator. So I can group this. So I have this logo grouped and then I could, for example, position this and select this and the SketchUp object here, group them both.
So now I have a metagroup or a group of groups. Again, if I want to separate those out, I can just do Ungroup and now I have each once of these as separate. So, there you go! It's really very straightforward. You can arrange objects and you can group them.
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