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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 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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