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Manipulating SketchUp models

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Video: Manipulating SketchUp models

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.

Manipulating SketchUp models

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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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

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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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