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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.
Now, one more way to create objects is to create them as text. Now, SketchUp has two text tools. So you can see them here. One is a labeling tool called Text which actually creates text labels, the other is called 3D Text which actually creates objects and that's what we want. You can also find them under Tools>3D Text. So, however you get to it, once you select 3D Text, it will bring up a window that allows you to enter the text that you want. Now I'm going to type in the word Hello and then you can have it either filled or extruded.
So let's go ahead and just create a basic piece of text here and hit Place. And that'll allow us to place it in the scene. So it just creates the basic outline of the letters. Now, if we want, we can go back to the 3D text tool, type in the word again, and then this time, let's go ahead and put in filled. When we do that, it'll go ahead and fill in the outlines. One more time, filled and extruded. And again, we can give these all sorts of dimensions, we don't have to abide by what a SketchUp gives us.
We can give a different height, or a different extrusion, however we want. I'm just going to leave it at that default, and we can place. Now with any of these, you've got basically an object that's in the scene. So for example, this one here, if I wanted to, I could rotate that, let's say rotate it vertically and another nice thing is that these are actually separate objects that are grouped. And we'll get to that in a little bit, but all you have to know here is that if you double-click on it. It opens up that group and then you can select objects within the group, or faces, or whatever.
So, if I were to select the E, I could use my Move key to move that up. Or if I wanted to select the H, I could right-click over that and do Select>All Connected. That selects the whole thing. And again, I can move that wherever I want. Now once you're done with it, just double click outside, and it makes it back into the group. So as you can see, this can be a very easy way to create more complex shapes. If you have a font or a logo that you want to create, you can use this very easily to create that.
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