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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.
Many times we'll find the need to attach labels to our drawings. So, we can do this using the text tool in SketchUp. We've used the 3D text tool here, but there's also another text tool that allows you to draw text labels. You can also find it here under Tools > Text. So if we select this tool, you can see a little label thing comes up here. And we can basically snap this, or put this anywhere in the scene. Left-click and drag to create a label.
Now it tries to put in something that it thinks is relevant, but you can type whatever you want. So, let's say we were naming the surfaces of this. We can type in the word brick. And it would show up. Now this is an object, but it actually, always faces the camera. So if I'm on this side it's just going to show that that's brick. Now if we wanted to we could create another label here. Let's say we wanted to label the surface of the window here. And we wanted to create that. Now, it's actually showing the dimensions.
Again, we can just say that that's aluminum. So click off of that and go back into select mode. You can see that these are actually connected in 3D. So if I wanted to, I could actually move this. So if I hit M here, I can move it so it doesn't intersect. Notice how there it's intersecting. Here it's not. So that might be a better place to put this label. And again, always try to face the camera. So let's just do one more. Let's go ahead and do this here. And let's go ahead and put one on this face here.
And we can click there, and we can type in the word say, stone. And again, go to Select Mode, and there we go. So, the text tool can be very handy for labeling your drawings. The text will always face the camera and it is in 3D so make sure when you draw it that you're not intersecting other parts of your model.
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