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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.
Now let's take a look at some other ways to organize your assets within SketchUp. The first we are going to look at is called Groups. Now grouping is very similar to components except it doesn't go quite as deep and in some ways this can be a benefit because it's very simple to use. Let me show you how this works. Let's say we have these two houses here, now if I wanted to I could select the houses by selecting all the faces and components that comprise them. But if you notice that each house is a bunch of separate objects that are kind of just sitting there together, if I wanted to get these into a more cohesive organization I could use Group, so let me show you how this works.
I am going to go ahead and just select everything in this one house so I am just going to go on to my Selection tool, left-click and drag and make sure that I have the entire house selected. Now if you want you can see that I've got it all selected. Now we can group things in one of two ways, under Edit you can do make group. Another way to do this is to right-click over this to bring up the context-sensitive menu and when you do that you'll scroll down and you'll find this option here it says Make Group.
Same option just a different way of getting to it, let's go ahead and click on it. Notice how this puts a big box around the house. Now if I click on the other house you will notice that well it's just still different parts, but if I click on this it becomes just one object. And this is great because this allows us to move it around, if I clicked for my Move tool I can move the entire house very easily, or If I wanted to copy it I can copy and paste or an even easier way of copping it is to hold down the Ctrl key, left click and drag and I can just duplicate this house.
If I wanted to do some more to this house I could, for example, flip the scale, let's say I wanted this house to have a balcony on the other side. I can just use my Scale tool and just scale the entire house, so I will have to do is just grab this and scale it -1 in the opposite direction and then just moved that back into place. And so now what I am doing is I'm taking the same house and just flipping it around. Now I can do the same for this other house let's just go ahead and get that position so I can draw a box around it and Again, just draw box around it make sure you have everything selected and either right-click or go into Edit>Make Group and Again, we can just move that, or we can copy and paste.
Now this time let's use copy and paste and that will go ahead and allow me to paste this. Notice how it turn on the color and let's go ahead and turn our Face Style back to Mono Chrome here. And so now I have this house so Again, it's very easy to work with Groups, you can copy and paste you can move them around and it's a great way to organize your scenes. Now let's say you how some objects that are grouped and you wanted to go in and modify something, let's say I have this house here and we really didn't want this window in here.
Well you can edit a group of very simply you can double-click on it and it will open it up, another way to get into it is to select your group, go into Edit, under Group all we have to do is to Edit Group, so we either do Edit Group or double-click on it, same things. So when you double-click on a group it opens it up and allows you to edit whatever you want in there, so if I wanted to move this around, if we wanted to delete the window, let's say I wanted to make this roofline a little bit higher I could certainly move that up.
Whatever I want to do in this group I can do it just by editing However, I want. Now once I click off of that group it closes it back and now it's done. So if I want to go back into it I'd have to double-click into it or click outside of it to close that group. You can also group group. So let's say I wanted to have all of these houses in one group. So all I have to do is select everything here and then right-click Make Group and that creates one giant group from all of my subgroups.
So now I have a group of groups. So I can group group and I can do hierarchies of user groups if I want to and I can copy that let's say I wanted to make the other side of the street, all I have to do is just move that, hold down the Ctrl key while doing Move and that makes a copy of those houses, but if a lot of flip those houses I have to use a Scale tool and so just go ahead and scale that 1, -1 and that should scale it in the opposite direction and then just move those into place.
Let's go ahead and see how this works, there were go. So now let's say I wanted to rearrange or move these houses around, we can also get rid of a group. So you can get rid of a group by doing Explode, so all I have to do is right-click over it and hit Explode and that bring it back down into its component group. Now if wanted to get rid of that group as well I can just do Edit>Group>Explode and Again, that gets rid of the group itself. So you can group objects individually you can also group groups, you can also edit groups and go into a group to change things around.
So Groups can be very powerful, very simple, very easy to use and I'm sure you'll find lots of good ways to use them in your own projects.
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