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Architecture, design, and media professionals all over the world are using Google SketchUp to create detailed 3D models efficiently and quickly. In Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training, design expert George Maestri teaches the foundations of SketchUp's drawing, design, and rendering tools. He covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and the Sandbox extension, which is used to create realistic organic shapes and terrain. George also discusses how to model and texture objects from existing photographs and export models to Google Earth to visualize how buildings fit in a real landscape. Exercise files accompany the course.
Before you start using SketchUp, of course you have to download and install it. So let me show you how to do that. It's basically available over the Internet for free. I am just going to go ahead and open the browser here and type in SketchUp into the Google search engine and it's the first one that shows up. Click on that and if you want to you can also go to sketchup.google.com, which is the website, and there are two versions of SketchUp. There is the free regular version of SketchUp and you can download that by hitting this button and also if you notice down here there is also a SketchUp Pro.
There is not that much difference between SketchUp and SketchUp Pro. One of the difference is that SketchUp Pro does cost and I believe it's $495 but the big thing with SketchUp Pro is that it has some additional import and export tools for people who are using professional applications and need to get stuff back and forth to SketchUp, but for most users just the regular version of SketchUp is just fine. So let us go ahead and click here and all you have to do is just select the Operating System Windows or Mac, download it and then go ahead and install it.
Now if you do want to try SketchUp Pro you can download that as well and it has a free eight-hour trial, so you can use it eight hours and then you have to buy it. Once you have installed SketchUp all you have to do is just double-click on the icon and you are in the program.
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