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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.
Many times when creating a layout, we'll want to use standard objects and LayOut has a number of those. If we go down to the Scrapbooks menu, you'll see that we have a number of standard objects such as arrows, and what you can do is you can literally just grab these and drag them into your scene. We have actual pull-down menu here with all sorts of different ones. So for example, if you wanted some trees, you could choose Trees and again, just click and drag those into your scene.
What's nice is that it creates standard objects that you can use over and over again and you can use these to create for example logos or anything that's related to your own company branding, that sort of thing and you can create your own standard styles. You can create your own standard scrapbooks. Let me show you how to do that. I'm going to create a new file here, and I am just actually going to insert some logos.
So I'm going to go ahead and do Insert, and here I actually have two files here. One is called Icon, and one is called Logo. So let's go ahead and open up Logo, and this is my company's logo, Rubberbug, and let's go ahead and Insert again and I can insert an Icon. This is our little bug icon, and what we can do is we can actually create some standard objects that we would always use for our company when designing things. So we can create these objects at let's say different sizes.
You can also create for example groups or headers, footers, that sort of thing. In fact, I already have one of these opened. So let's go ahead and do File > Open, and I have one out there called Logos. What this is, is basically just the company logo in different sizes as well as a footer. Now, once I have all of this arranged in a page, I can actually make this into what's called a Scrapbook. So really all I need is something with all my standard objects on the page, and then just save it out as a Scrapbook.
So I open this up and I just go Save As Scrapbook, and then I just give it a name. I'm going to call this Logos. Now I've already done this before, so it's going to give me an error message. But I am just going to go ahead and update the one that's already out there. Once I have this, then I actually have an option here called Logos, and there it is. So if I go back on to for example my House page here, I could actually drag one of these in, or drag one of these in for example, and I also created for example, a footer here.
So this is my standard design footer here, and you can create those in different sizes. And really all you need to do is create one page with everything that you need on it, and then just save it as a Scrapbook, and then you can use it really anytime you use LayOut. This is a real big time saver, and it can really also help standardize the way that you create documents for your company or firm.
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