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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.
So now that we have our floor plan mapped to our plain we can start actually drawing the outline of our structure. So, I'm going to actually zoom in here and let's just use a line tool to create this. Now, I'm not going to be super accurate here, for the sake of speed, but let's just Just show you the process here. So I'm going to zoom in as much as I can and get as accurate as I can. So I'm going to make sure I snap to face and lay down the first point and then I'm going to make sure I'm going along the red and green axes her.
So I'm going to draw this as accurately as I can. Now when I get to this point here you'll see we have this circular element. Now I put that in just to make this a little bit more difficult. So we could have a problem to solve. And we're going to solve this problem with the Arc tool. So I'm going to select the Arc tool. Go to the far corner of this element. Click, snap to my end point there and just drag out that arc to match that circular element. Now once I have this. I can continue to draw with my line tool. So I'm going to select My line Tool.
Snap to that end point and then just draw the rest of the structure. Now when I get to this point here. These last two lines. I want to make sure. Let me zoom in here. I'm actually going to jump outta here. So I'm going to have a problem here. I've got this edge here, and I've got this edge here. And I need to make sure they connect. But when I draw this, I'm not getting inference to this point here. So if that's the case then you can certainly use the tape measure tool to create a guideline.
So I'm going to select my tape measure tool go here and just draw that out a little bit and now I have a guideline so I know exactly where to stop this line. So I'm going to select this line here snap to that end point come all the way up. Click, click and now I've got my exterior wall and I can use my Eraser tool to select and erase that guideline. So now that I have all of this, I've got basically a face here. So I've got this face is now the outline of my building.
But, I want to create the interior walls as well and we can easily do that using the offset tool. So I'm going to select Offset. Click inside this space and you can see I can offset that wall. And I'm going to offset this by five inches. So I'm going to type that in. And there we have a five inch interior wall. And if you notice here, now I can select this face here and pull that up. So I'm going to use my Push/Pull tool, and pull up the exterior walls of my building. Now let's say I make these eight feet six inches, let's say.
And now once I have this, I can start drawing the rest of the elements. Now one of the reasons I used a texture is because of the way it maps. You can see I've got outlines of all of the windows and doors along the top of that seal. So if I want, I can use these as guides to draw these elements. So let's just take this door as one example. I can use my Line tool and place it where that overlap is, left click, and just drag all the way down along the blue axis.
So, now I know that this is the left side of my door, and now I can take my Rectangle Tool. Drag up that door and type in the dimensions I want. So in this case seven feet by three feet. And now I have my door opening and I can use my erase tool to erase this one guideline. Now if I have the basic outline of my door I can push this through by using my push/pull tool. And just go ahead and push that in, and I can actually push that in exactly five inches, and that should open that up.
Okay? So, we also have a few interior walls here. And we can just draw those pretty much the same way that we did before. If I want, I could take a rectangle tool here, and just make it as the right size. If I want, I could type in dimensions. I don't have to. Or, I can use my Line tool here. So if I want, I can just draw that little bump out there as close to it as possible. And then use my Erase tool to get rid of that line. And then I can just select this phase and again pull it up eight feet, six inches.
And that should match the top of the rest of the wall, and again, I can erase that little line there. And you can see how very easily you can start working your way through the rest of the floor plan to create the building. So again, draw as accurately as possible. If you have a higher resolution image, that will help because you can zoom in more. And then if you apply it as a texture you'll get these little notes along the top of your walls which will help you place things such as doors and windows.
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