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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 let's go ahead and do something a little bit more practical with materials and that's creating a floor plan for a building. So, typically, you'll get a floor plan as an image file and need to bring it into SketchUp, and size it appropriately, and then start drawing against it. So we can do this, simply by first off creating a rectangle. And we'll use this as the base with which to apply our material. So I really don't care how big I'm going to create this. We're going to re-size this later.
So all I need to do is create a simple rectangle, and then we're going to select File > Import, and we're going to import the image floor plan in the chapter seven folder. And we're going to use this as a texture, make sure we click use as texture. And hit Open. And when I do, it allows me to bring this in and scale it up. Well, I don't really know exactly how big this is. But, let's just go ahead and create it. And so what it does is it actually maps it to my plane. Now, this floor plan does have some dimensions, I know this bedroom for example is ten feet this way by 12 feet this way.
And I can use that to create the proper scaling for the image. So all I have to do is zoom in, and select my tape measure tool. And then I want to get as close as possible because I want to get as accurate as possible. And then I'm going to go ahead and select the one corner of this room, and then slide over to the other corner, make sure I'm there. Now, it's saying that this is four feet 11 and seven eighths, which is way too small, but I'm going to go ahead and left-click, and then type in the proper dimensions, so ten feet.
So it thinks it's four foot 11, but I'm actually typing in ten feet, and when I hit Enter, it's going to ask me, do you want to re-size the model, and I'm going to say Yes. Boom. It gets a lot bigger, and now, if we measure that, that's pretty much, ten feet. Okay? I'm a little far away, so I'm not getting exactly as big as I want, but it's pretty much ten feet. So now I've got this model sized appropriately, and I know that this image in SketchUp is the proper dimensions from which I can draw.
And so we'll go ahead and draw this floor plan in the next lesson.
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