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Creating text

From: Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training

Video: Creating text

Now let's take a look at some of the text options in SketchUp. There are actually two tools for using text. There is the Text tool and there is the 3D Text tool. You can also find them here, Text and 3D Text. They are actually quite different in the way that they work. The Text tool is a labeling tool. So it allows you to label things within your scene. Let's just take a look at how this works. We have one thing in our scene here. We have this human. So I can just click on him and just drag and then I can type in my label. So I could say, human being or whatever. Once I have typed that in, that label sticks with this object throughout the scene, no matter how I Orbit or Pan or Zoom, that object is always a label. It's a nice way to label things, especially if you are doing presentations or whatever.

Creating text

Now let's take a look at some of the text options in SketchUp. There are actually two tools for using text. There is the Text tool and there is the 3D Text tool. You can also find them here, Text and 3D Text. They are actually quite different in the way that they work. The Text tool is a labeling tool. So it allows you to label things within your scene. Let's just take a look at how this works. We have one thing in our scene here. We have this human. So I can just click on him and just drag and then I can type in my label. So I could say, human being or whatever. Once I have typed that in, that label sticks with this object throughout the scene, no matter how I Orbit or Pan or Zoom, that object is always a label. It's a nice way to label things, especially if you are doing presentations or whatever.

Now for most other purposes, you probably want to use the 3D Text tool. This is the one that actually allows us to create objects that are text based. So let's do that. I am going to click on this tool and it brings up the box here, and all we have to do is type in our text and select our font. So whatever font we want, we can do. So basically any font that's on your system, you can pretty much use. Then all you have to do is you want to align left, center, right.

Regular, bold, that sort of thing. The height of the text. Right now it's 10 inches. We can make 10 feet, we can make it whatever. And how much is the extrusion? Now we can turn on and off extrusion. An extrusion is the depth of the letter. So for example, let's go ahead and make this a one-foot depth and let's go ahead and place it and there it is. Now I can just place it wherever I want. I can snap it to objects. I can snap it to whatever. And if I place it here, there it is. So that's 10 feet of lettering, 10 feet high, probably 30 feet wide and Lynda.com in lights. And the depth here is 1 foot. That's the extrusion depth.

Now if I don't have an extrusion, you just get the faces and you will probably use the push/pull tool to make that extrude. Now once I have this, it's actually an entire object here and I can use any tool I want to manipulate it. So for example, if I wanted to rotate that, I could do that and I can basically rotate it so it's flat. I could scale it over whatever. So that's the basics of two text tools within SketchUp.

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Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 31s
    3. Tips for Mac users
      2m 32s
  2. 51m 22s
    1. Interface basics
      5m 54s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 28s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      4m 21s
    4. Creating camera views
      4m 36s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      6m 44s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      4m 35s
    7. Creating scenes
      2m 24s
    8. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 45s
    9. Scaling and rotating objects
      4m 14s
    10. Manipulating faces and edges
      3m 55s
    11. Advanced selection tools
      4m 26s
  3. 54m 6s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 25s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      4m 50s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 55s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 33s
    5. Creating arcs
      3m 46s
    6. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      8m 11s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      6m 14s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 49s
    9. Creating text
      2m 44s
    10. Softening round edges
      4m 19s
    11. Using construction tools to create guides
      4m 49s
    12. Creating sections
      1m 31s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Grouping objects
      4m 54s
    2. Creating components
      6m 37s
    3. The Component window
      5m 51s
    4. Working with layers
      4m 26s
    5. Creating layers
      4m 31s
    6. Using the Outliner
      6m 29s
    7. Hiding and unhiding objects
      4m 23s
    8. Locking and unlocking objects
      1m 44s
  5. 26m 5s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      1m 50s
    2. Applying materials
      4m 25s
    3. Editing materials
      4m 22s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 21s
    5. Mapping images
      3m 39s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 21s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      4m 13s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      2m 54s
  6. 26m 26s
    1. Applying styles
      3m 7s
    2. Creating styles
      6m 57s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 51s
    4. Basic animation
      4m 33s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 58s
  7. 17m 26s
    1. Contours
      6m 15s
    2. Creating terrain from scratch
      2m 56s
    3. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      2m 21s
    4. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  8. 17m 53s
    1. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      6m 56s
    2. Modeling in Photo Match
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting models to Google Earth
      5m 3s
  9. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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