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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.
There are some additional things you can do with SketchUp models in a document. So, let's take a look at those. One is the ability to actually refresh your 3D view. So if we want to, we can actually do Update Reference. So, let's go ahead and take our house here and add something into it. For example, we have this file called House_Render. Let's just go ahead and add in a component. For example, let's add in a person. We can go into our Components window, and just go into People, and let's go ahead and take a person and drop him in.
Now, I'm just going to go ahead and save this out. Once I've saved it, now my model has changed. But if you can see here in the layout, it hasn't. So if I right-click over this and do Update Reference, you'll notice now I've got a person on the porch of this model. So, this is really important if you're kind of working in parallel or if you need to change something in a model, you can already start to lay things out. Then when you get to your final presentation, you can just update all your references and everything should just kind of come into the most current version.
We also have a tab here on our window called SketchUp Model. This allows us to do a little bit more with this model. Once we double-click in here, we can right-click on this. We have Styles, Scenes, and Standard Views. We can also do those here. We can, for example, select a scene, we can select any one of our Standard Views, for example, one of the front view rather than a top view, or we can do orthographic projection, which allows us to do basically left, right, top and bottom, that sort of thing.
So if we wanted to do orthographic, we could or we can remove that. So, really it's up to you. Notice how when orthographic comes in, it kind of zooms in, so you have to kind of reposition this. We also can change the shadows to whatever time you want. Let's say instead of 1:30 p.m., we wanted it at say 5:30 p.m. We can change that and so the shadows will automatically update. We can also change the date. We can also turn on things such as Fog, if we need to. Now, we also have a Styles tab here.
These are really all the different styles that are available in this model. Let me go back over and turn off Shadows so we can see this. You can also toggle on or off the background, if you have a background image. We can play with different types of styles here. We can turn on or off whichever one we want. You can also list these in a different way. You can do them either in List View or Thumbnail View.
Finally, we also have what's called the Raster button. So, you can actually render this in the Raster, Vector or Hybrid. This will actually give you a little bit of a warning. Typically, what I do is I tend to render this in Raster anyways, because when you actually go to your final output, it needs to rasterize it. What rasterize means is it converts from a line drawing to an actual bitmap. So those are some of the additional features of inserting Google SketchUp models into LayOut, and you can see that you have a lot of options and really you have the ability to display your models pretty much any way that you want.
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