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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
As you start making more and more complex objects in SketchUp you'll want to save these objects. So you can use them over and over again. You may also want to share objects with others. Or download objects from the Internet. We can do all of this using Components. So let's just take a look at some of the basics of components. It all happens in this window here, called the Components window. If I select it, you'll see that it brings up a window, and this has a tabbed interface, so we have Select, which allows me to select components, Edit, for editing components and statistics about components.
So we're going to be working with Select right now, and then on the second line here you'll notice there's a view option. That allows me to show things in thumbnails, as a list, or with details. I tend to stick with details. It gives me the most information. And then we have a Home key, which basically always brings us back to the components that are in our model, okay? And there is a difference here. There are components that are in our model and then components that are available to be placed in the model, and we can find all of this by using this pull-down menu.
So we've got stuff that's in the model we have components we also have additional ones we have playground stuff construction and all of these are provided with sketch out so if you just go to the basic components window here you see that we've got a component sampler. As well as a component's training. We're going to go down to the component sampler just by double-clicking on this. And you'll see that we've got a bunch of different types of objects. Now these are provided with SketchUp, and the list may be a little bit different in your version, because they do tend to change from time to time.
But as you can see there's a lot of different objects. And there's a lot more available on the Internet, but we'll get to that in a little bit. But if you want to take one of these objects here, all you have to do is select it. So let's go ahead an select this car by left-clicking on it. An you drag it into the scene. So left-click an drag brings it into the scene here. An let's readjust this here. An now I've got this object in my scene. And it looks a lot like a group in that it has a bounding box around it. But I can now move this object wherever I want in the scene.
And it's very simple to start populating your scene with Objects. Let's do that one more time. Let's go ahead and put in some bike racks here. So I'm going to go ahead and select these. And again, drag them into the scene. And notice how when I drag this in it will stick to surfaces. So if I put them on a vertical wall, it'll stick to that vertical wall or a horizontal surface. And let's say I want to place it there. An then I can go ahead an move this, wherever I want in the scene. Now once I've placed stuff in the scene they will show up as being in my model.
So if I hit the Home key here, you'll see that now I have four, components in my model. I have the bike racks. I have Derrick who comes with SketchUp. An I also have my doors, which are basically the doors that I put onto the building. Now, you can, again, add stuff to your scene, and they will stick, so this can be very advantageous. Let's say I wanted to add a door to this building, all I have to do is drag it in, and you can see how it sticks to my building.
So I wanted to place it on the wall there, I can. It will go ahead and stick. And if I wanted to move it around I could certainly do that by just adjusting it however I want. So components really are a very, very handy way to organize the objects in SketchUp and as you build up a library of components. You'll start to be able to use things over and over again. And this can make you much more productive when working in SketchUp.
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