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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
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Drawing lines and arcs


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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

with George Maestri

Video: Drawing lines and arcs

As with any page layout program, LayOut has some drawing tools that we can use. It has a Pencil tool for creating straight lines. It has a Freehand tool. Now notice how each one of these tools actually has a pull-down menu next to it, so you can actually switch between the tools. We also have arcs and we have several different types of arcs that we can use as well. Now let's go through each of these tools and see how they work. Instead of drawing on our existing document, I am actually going to create a new document, and in this case, I am actually going to use some graph paper.
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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 lines and arcs

As with any page layout program, LayOut has some drawing tools that we can use. It has a Pencil tool for creating straight lines. It has a Freehand tool. Now notice how each one of these tools actually has a pull-down menu next to it, so you can actually switch between the tools. We also have arcs and we have several different types of arcs that we can use as well. Now let's go through each of these tools and see how they work. Instead of drawing on our existing document, I am actually going to create a new document, and in this case, I am actually going to use some graph paper.

So let's go ahead and open that. And as you can see we've got this basic graph paper. So let's go ahead and work with the Pencil tool. So I am going to go ahead and select the Pencil tool. Now notice when I have this graph paper up, how I am actually snapping to the grid points. If I did File > New and created one that didn't have the graph paper on it, you can see how the Line tool just moves freely. So the graph paper is really handy if you want to do very specific types of drawing where you need to snap to a grid or something like that.

Now the Line tool works pretty much like the tool in SketchUp. You just click and just lay out your points for your line. Now, if you want to control the curvature of a line, you just click and drag and you can get a Bezier type of curve. So this is nice for creating curvature. And again, if you just left-click and hold you can create curvature here. And then if you want to you can close the curve just by going back over your starting point.

And once you do, it will actually create an enclosed curve with whatever color you selected. Now once we have this object, we can select the object and then manipulate it. This is a Selection tool here, the shortcut is the Spacebar, and once you have that active, you can just drag your shape wherever you want. Now notice how also on the corners we have all these little kind of arrow icons, and those just allow us to scale it in whatever direction we want.

Now if we don't want this, we can always hit the Delete key. So that's the Line tool. Now we also have a Freehand tool, which allows us to just draw however we want, whatever shape and so on. So those are the basic line tools. We also have Arc tools. So the first one is just the basic arc and what you do is you basically lay down the radius of the curve, and then you click and drag and then you can sweep out however much of that circle you want.

Let's go ahead and delete that. The next one is called a 2 Point Arc. Now what this does is it allows you to create again a baseline but then I am going to use a third point to actually control the curvature. This is great because really what you are doing is you are almost creating a diameter, but not really. You are creating actually a chord along the curve, and then you can just move it up and down however you want. Let's try that again. So basically you sweep out the base of this and then you pull it up or down.

So you can see how that interacts. So we can select those and delete those. And now let's do a 3 Point Arc. And what we do here is we take a basic curve and as you can see now we have got one, two, three. So let's try that one more time. So what you have got here is almost the opposite of the 2 Point curve, because basically what you do is you create your end point and then a middle point and then you can create another endpoint.

Now this is great because what you can do is you can actually create curves that are a little bit less intuitive here. So if you want to hit a couple of points so it's one, two, three, so you can how that works. Okay so let's go ahead and delete that. And the last one is a Pie. This is very similar to the first tool, but again, it just creates a pie shape any sort of section of a circle.

So those are the basic line drawing tools within LayOut.

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