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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
Many times when you do a drawing for presentation, you'll need to show the dimensions of the drawing and Sketch-up has some dimensioning tools. You can find them right here. There's one here called dimensions and you can also find it here on the toolbar, here. And the tool's really very straight forward and easy to use all you have to do is click on it. And then you basically just snap to some points here and drag out the dimensions. So there is my 55 foot base there. And if I want, I can drag here and again get my dimensions.
If I wanted to do height, again, just snap to endpoint, and go to there. That's all you need to do. So it's really fairly simple. If you want, you can edit the text. You don't have to. It will automatically dimension in the units that you have. You can also change the text position. Do you want it to be outside? Right-click again. I'm right-clicking here outside start, outside end, or right-click again right in the middle, centered. So, again if you're doing drawings that need to be dimensioned for presentation, this would be a great tool.
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