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Creating 3D text

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Video: Creating 3D text

Now, one more way to create objects is to create them as text.

Creating 3D text

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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SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 17s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
      38s
    4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
      1m 14s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Interface basics
      2m 9s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 0s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      1m 47s
    4. Creating camera views
      1m 49s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      2m 48s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      2m 38s
    7. Creating scenes
      1m 57s
    8. Using the toolbars
      1m 32s
  3. 11m 27s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      2m 59s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      3m 55s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      2m 28s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      2m 5s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      3m 27s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      2m 24s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      2m 15s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 17s
    5. Creating arcs
      1m 27s
    6. Eraser tools
      1m 39s
    7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      2m 43s
    8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      2m 5s
    9. Using the Follow Me tool
      1m 19s
    10. Creating 3D text
      2m 12s
    11. Softening round edges
      3m 30s
  5. 14m 0s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
      3m 23s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      5m 30s
    3. Creating sections
      2m 0s
    4. Creating labels
      1m 59s
    5. Dimensioning
      1m 8s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      2m 15s
    2. Working with layers
      2m 37s
    3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
      3m 8s
    4. Hiding and unhiding objects
      1m 55s
    5. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 8s
  7. 15m 14s
    1. The Component window
      3m 45s
    2. Creating components
      3m 5s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      2m 46s
    4. Using the Component Options window
      4m 20s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 18s
  8. 27m 47s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      2m 26s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 59s
    3. Editing materials
      3m 33s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 44s
    5. Mapping textures interactively
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
      2m 16s
    7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
      4m 48s
    8. Mapping curved objects
      2m 37s
    9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
      2m 51s
  9. 8m 29s
    1. Applying styles
      1m 54s
    2. Creating styles
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
      1m 48s
    4. Basic animation
      2m 38s
  10. 10s
    1. Next steps
      10s

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