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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.
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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