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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.
SketchUp also allows you to create 3D text, so if you want to create signs or that sort of thing in your scenes, you can do that. We have a menu option here called 3D Text, or you can select it here from the toolbar. So all you have to do is click on it and then enter your text. Whatever we want to type, we can type, and then we can select whatever font we want. So let's use the Franklin Gothic or something like that. We can control the height. So let's make it say 12 inches high, or we can extrude it, which means how deep do we want this; let's make it 3 inches deep, 12 inches high and make sure inches is there.
And then do you want it Filled, do you want it Extruded, that sort of thing. And so all you have to do is just press Place and there it is. So if I wanted to rotate it into place, all I have to do is do to my Rotate tool, I can rotate it However, I want. I can go to the end here, find a vertical line here, and rotate it vertically. I can just type 90, and so on. So there is my text. Now one of the things I do want to point out is that the text is brought in using what's called a group.
Now we haven't covered that yet, but just know that the text itself cannot be edited once you've brought it in. So if you want to change your spelling, or your font style, you have to recreate it using the 3D Text tool. But if you do want to edit something like spacing, all you have to do is double-click on this and that will open it up, and then you can move things around. So if I wanted to select all these and hit the Move key, I can do that. So just remember that the text comes in as a group and we will be covering groups a little bit later, so you'll understand this a little bit more deeply.
But those are some of the basics on how to use 3D Text in SketchUp.
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