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Architecture, design, and media professionals all over the world are using Google SketchUp to create detailed 3D models efficiently and quickly. In Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training, design expert George Maestri teaches the foundations of SketchUp's drawing, design, and rendering tools. He covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and the Sandbox extension, which is used to create realistic organic shapes and terrain. George also discusses how to model and texture objects from existing photographs and export models to Google Earth to visualize how buildings fit in a real landscape. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now let's talk about section planes. What a section plane is is basically a slice through your scene that allows you to see inside. It's used a lot in architecture. Now if I want to create plans for this house, I will need to create sections for it and I can do that using the Section Plane tool. I can find it under Tools > Section Plane, and when I activate it, it creates this little cliff here and I can basically position it wherever I want. Let's start on the roof, let's just position it on the roof. Then once I have done that, I can move this plane up and down just by hitting the Move key. So just hit M, to hit the Move key, and now I can create a section. So if I want to see exactly how this is built, I can do it.
Very simple! Now I can also delete that section plane if I want. Just go ahead and select it, hit the Delete key. Let's go ahead and do one that's vertical. So let's go again, Tools > Section Plane, and this time I am going to stick it to this garage door wall. All you have to do is just select it, hit M for move, and now you can get your section. Very, very simple! As you can see, this works very well and is very useful for things like architecture or anything where you need more specific types of drawings.
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