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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.
LayOut also can create fixed shapes such as rectangles, circles and polygons and these tools are all right here. Let's go through the basic Rectangle tools here. Now if I just click on this, I can just left click and drag and create whatever type of rectangle I want. One of the nice features of LayOut is it's very similar in SketchUp in that if you double-click it will create an identical thing to what you have created before. So double-clicking after creating a rectangle creates another rectangle.
Another nice thing about SketchUp is that you can define dimensions. If you notice down here, we have a Text box that allows us to put in whatever starting point or dimension for the rectangle. So for example, if I create a rectangle here, I could actually just type in the dimensions. So for example, if I want 4 wide by 3 high, I can just type 4, 3, hit Enter and it creates a 4x3 rectangle. Now in addition to this, you can also round the edges of the rectangle.
So I am going to go ahead and delete these, and show you another trick about rectangles, and that's how to round the edges. So I left click and drag and create my rectangle, then all I have to do is use the Up and Down arrows on the keyboard. The Up Arrows will round of the rectangle. So I am just hitting Up Arrow, Down Arrows will square it off. So for example, there is the rectangle I want. If I like that, I can again just double-click and it will create that. So Up and Down Arrows round the corners of your rectangles.
Now if you want, you can also just use some of the preset rounded corner rectangles. So for example, we have a Rounded rectangle here that we can just use, which is kind of just a preset, which makes it a little bit easier. You also have what's called a Lozenge, which looks basically like that. Kind of like a pill or something like that. And we also have what's called Bulged, which is almost like the opposite of a Lozenge. So in addition to the standard rectangle, which cannot round corners, we have all of these which have their corners already rounded to preset sizes.
So those are the basic rectangles that you can use in LayOut and as you can see, you have a lot of flexibility with these and you can pretty much create any four-sided shape you want.
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