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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.
There is one more way to find and import models into SketchUp and that's using Google Earth. So let's take a look at how to do that. I've got SketchUp open here, but I'm going to go ahead and minimize it and I already have Google Earth loaded. Okay, now I'm not going to go through too much about how to use Google Earth, but the one thing that I want to make sure that we have is that we toggle on 3D buildings. Now I want to make sure we have Photorealistic and Gray, Buildings as well. So let's make sure that that's turned on and then let's just go searching for a nice building.
So I'm just going to go ahead and type in the city; let's go ahead and type in Paris, and we're going to go, take a trip to France. And let's just go ahead and find something worth uploading. So there are lots of cool buildings there and actually here's a very famous structure here, the Eiffel Tower. So let's go ahead and zoom in on that and you'll notice that every building if you hover over it, it will highlight and if it highlights, you can left click on it and it'll tell you a, about the building, but also about the model.
Now people from all over the world are contributing models to the 3D warehouse and the best of these models are picked and actually put into Google Earth. So if we want, we can actually go find this model in the 3D warehouse. So all I have to do is just click on this and it finds that particular Eiffel Tower in the 3D warehouse and just like we did with the Empire State Building, we can download this into SketchUp.
And again, it's given me a warning; this is created in SketchUp 7 and we're using SketchUp 8. But here we go; there it is and there is the Eiffel Tower. Now the reason I got this because I search for it in Google Earth. One way that this can be handy is, let's say, you're working on an architectural project and you want to bring in the buildings that surround your project, or you can just go find your address on Google Earth and if the buildings are already there, you can bring those in and it will save you a lot of time.
So go ahead and find some buildings on Google Earth and bring them into SketchUp and have some fun.
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