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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
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Drawing circles and polygons


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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

with George Maestri

Video: Drawing circles and polygons

Now let's take a look at circles and polygons in LayOut. The Circle tools are here. We have basically just a circle and an Ellipse and they are pretty straightforward. So the Circle tool, you just click-and-drag and you can define the radius and if you want to, you can also type in that radius. So if I want 2 inch circle I can just type 2 and then it will create that. And again with the rectangle, double- clicking will just repeat the last one that you created. Now the next one is the Ellipse and again you just click-and-drag and you can pretty much intuitively see how this works.
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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
2h 25m Intermediate Jan 15, 2010

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Making custom Dynamic Components
  • Drawing with Layout
  • Editing textures outside of SketchUp
  • Creating and managing styles with the Style Builder
  • Exporting objects for rendering
  • Creating scrapbooks and presentations
  • Exporting model attributes to reports
Subjects:
Architecture Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Drawing circles and polygons

Now let's take a look at circles and polygons in LayOut. The Circle tools are here. We have basically just a circle and an Ellipse and they are pretty straightforward. So the Circle tool, you just click-and-drag and you can define the radius and if you want to, you can also type in that radius. So if I want 2 inch circle I can just type 2 and then it will create that. And again with the rectangle, double- clicking will just repeat the last one that you created. Now the next one is the Ellipse and again you just click-and-drag and you can pretty much intuitively see how this works.

Basically what you're defining is you are defining a rectangle within which the ellipse resides. So if I want to, I can just type the width and the height of the ellipse and just create it almost like a rectangle. So if I did for example, 2 wide by 3 height, 2,3, hit Enter, you'll get that particular ellipse. In fact if I put that up against the grid paper, you can see it's 1, 2 wide by 2 height. So it's basically the bounding rectangle that contains that ellipse.

Now, polygons are little bit different so if you create a polygon it's almost like creating a circle. You basically just find your start point and then drag out and again, you can just type in a radius. So if I wanted 3 inch pentagon, I can just type that in. If you use the Up and Down Arrows, you can actually change the number of sides. So I can go from 5 sided up to 6, 7, 8 or back down to 3 or 4.

Now if you want to change the sides while you create, you can also just type in the number of sides. So, for example, if I click-and-drag and create this pentagon, which is the default, I can just make it into an octagon just by hitting the number 8 and then the letter S for sides, so 8 sides, hit Enter and now it's an eight-sided object. Now once I've created one eight-sided object, every subsequent object will also be eight-sided until I change it.

So for example, if I do this and I do three-sided now I am creating triangles. So as you can see circles and polygons are very easy to create. You can type in the dimensions of any of these as well as for polygons the number of sides.

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