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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.
Another tool that you'll find handy in presentations is the Section Plane tool and this allows you to create sections of your drawings. A lot of time you will have a building or house and you want to see inside of it or show how it's constructed and a Section can really help with that. So I'm just going to go ahead and zoom out of this model here and give a little bit of a top down view. And let's go to the Section Plane tool. Now it's not on the standard toolbar so we have to get to it through the menu; go tools>Section Plane and then what pops up is this plane.
Now you can snap this to any plane in the model. So in this case let's go ahead and just snap it to the roof plane here and when I do it creates a section. Okay and actually what it does, it creates an object called a Section Plane that I can select. So if I select out of it it's orange, if it's highlighted and it selected its blue. So once I have that selected I can use the Move tool, hit M on the keyboard or just select it from the toolbar and I can move that up or down, so I can figure up where do I want my section to be and I can do that.
So I'm going to go back to my Select tool and deselect it if I wanted to do a top-down section; all I have to do is to Camera> Standard Views>Top and then select Parallel Projection and now I have a floor plan. Okay. And if I want I can go back to my Normal view, just turn off Parallel Projection, go back to Perspective and if I want I can select that Section Plane and delete it. And so if we want we can do maybe a vertical section. So let's do tools>Section Plane, and then I'm going to snap to this outside wall right here.
So just go ahead and left click and then select the plane, move and now I can see a section from the side as well. So as you can see the section is very handy particularly when building complex objects and it will allow you to see inside of it and create sections through those objects and so this will come in very handy not only for visualization but also for presentation as well.
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