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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.
One of the best features of LayOut is the ability to insert live SketchUp models into a document. We can do that by just going over to File and finding the Insert option. Now, once we insert, we can actually insert a number of different things. We can insert SketchUp files. We can insert raster images, such as bitmaps, as well as text. What we want is we want SketchUp files. In our Chapter 4 folder, we should have one called House_Render.
So, let's go ahead and open that up. Now, once this is inserted, you can see what we have is we have an actual object. So, if I actually move this around, I can move it like any text or shape object. I can also scale. Now, what I'm doing here is I can actually scale this up or down and move it around. Now, the really cool thing is that if I double-click on this, it opens up a viewport. This allows me to actually change my view on the model.
I can zoom in, zoom out, do whatever. Now, if I want, I can actually right- click here and go over to Camera tools. We can go to Orbit, Pan, Zoom and so on. So, for example, if I wanted to pan, I could pan around this way. If I wanted to zoom, I could use the Zoom tool. Now, remember that we're in a document within a document. So, if I hit the H key, which is our standard Pan tool in SketchUp, this also works in LayOut but it works for the whole document. So, what I need to do in order to pan within this is to double-click in there and select it from this menu.
You can't really use hot keys in here. So, we have Pan, we have Zoom. We also have zoom it to the window, so, basically whatever window you want to zoom in to or not. If you have a mouse with a middle-click button, you can also use that to zoom. You can also use Walk and Look Around. Now, Look Around basically pivots the camera and Walk translates the camera, so it allows us to kind of walk into where we want to go.
There are also some additional tools. We have Zoom Extents. We also have Standard Views. So, for example, if you wanted a left view, you can actually get that and then I can orbit my way out of this if I want. You can also use different types of styles. So whatever styles are in your SketchUp file will show up here. So let me show you how this works here. Let me go over to my Google SketchUp file. This is the file that I imported.
If we go into our Styles window, you'll see that whatever we have in the actual model will show up here in the layout. So, let me go over here and if I double- click back into this, I can right-click and pick any one of those styles that are in there, so, for example, if I wanted to do Tech Pen or Lines with Marker, whatever. Whatever style is in the model shows up here. I'm going to bring this back to Architectural Design Style 1, which is the one that I've been using.
Now, we also have the ability to turn on Shadows and we also can use scenes from within the last SketchUp file. If you have different views of your objects, you can use those standard scenes to create different types of views. So as you can see, this is a very, very handy tool. Now, if I double-click out of this, you can see again it just re-renders this the way that I want. I can again position this wherever I want in my model.
If I want, I can actually insert more than one of these. So, if I insert House_Render again, I can bring in another file and I can, for example, change the style on this particular one and actually have two versions of this model within the same document. All I have to do is just double-click on any one of these and you can again just manipulate it however you want. Being able to insert SketchUp models is probably the most powerful feature of LayOut and it's really a feature that not too many other layout programs have.
So, this is a really compelling reason to use LayOut for your presentations.
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