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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.
One additional way to use materials and textures is to use them as construction guides, and this is particularly important when you're working with Floor Plans. You can actually bring a floor plan into SketchUp and draw over it. So let me show you how this works. Let's go ahead and clear out our scene, I'm going to go ahead and select Susan here and delete her. And then let's go ahead and start building a Floor Plan. So first thing I need to do is create a space onto which to place that floor plan. Now this needs to be roughly the size of the image that you're using.
In this case I already know pretty much how big my floor plan is, so I'm just going to go ahead and draw it out. And we're going to create a rectangle that's 40 feet by 30 feet, so hit Enter and I have a 40 by 30 feet rectangle and that should be pretty close. So I'll go ahead and move that in a little bit here. So once I have that I need to place my floor plan on to it. So I'm going to hit File>Import and I should have a JPEG image here called FloorPlan, it's in my Chapter 7 folder.
Make sure I have Use as texture selected and hit Open, and this will bring my floor plan up. Now all I have to do is just walk this to the bottom corner endpoint here and then stretch it out as much as I want. Now once I do that I have it on this plane but I'm not 100% sure that this is exactly the right dimensions, because I've got this 40 by 30 foot plane but I'm not sure if this is exactly the same size as what I need.
Now from the drawing I can tell that I do have some specific dimensions, I know that this bedroom is 10 by 12 feet and the living room 17 by 12 approximately. So let's go ahead and use the bedroom as our guide to actually scale this to the exact size that we need. So in order to do that I need to create -- well a rectangle that's the same size as that bedroom. So I'm going to go ahead and select my Rectangle tool and create a rectangle that's 12 feet by 10 feet, hit Enter, so that should be the exact size.
But I need to place this over the drawing and use it as a guide. The best way to do it is to group it, but I really don't need this center face because that's going to obscure what I'm looking at. I'm going to just go ahead and delete this and just keep the edges, and then I'm going to select, my rubber-band selecting all of the edges and then do Edit>Make Group, and so now I have a group that's just edges. So now I can use the Move tool here and move it in over my drawing and you can see I'm pretty close, I'm within a few percentages but it's a little big.
So I want to make sure that I get this as close as I can. Now sometimes you're not going to get these exactly, but if you can get it within 1% you should be okay. Probably the easiest way to do it is go into a Top view and make sure I have Parallel Projection turned on, and that way I get an exact view from the top. So once I'm looking straight down at this drawing I can scale my drawing to match my guides. So I'm going to go ahead and select my Scale tool and scale this down just a bit.
And then once I do that I'm going to hit my Move tool and see if I can get this as close as possible. Looks like I can still squish this down a little bit, so I'm going to go ahead and squish this down. In fact, I can actually type in a number, I'm going to type in 0.99 to do 1% reduction. Let's see this should be pretty close. It's pretty close, but notice how this bedroom is a little wide, so I can scale this in this way to make sure that I've got this exactly.
So I'm just going to go ahead and just do a little more scaling here just to make sure, and that's pretty close. I don't need to totally tweak it. So now that my drawing is scaled properly I can now start drawling out the actual structure itself, we're going to do that in the next lesson.
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