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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
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Inserting SketchUp models


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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

with George Maestri

Video: Inserting SketchUp models

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.
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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
2h 25m Intermediate Jan 15, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Making custom Dynamic Components
  • Drawing with Layout
  • Editing textures outside of SketchUp
  • Creating and managing styles with the Style Builder
  • Exporting objects for rendering
  • Creating scrapbooks and presentations
  • Exporting model attributes to reports
Subjects:
Architecture Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Inserting SketchUp models

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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