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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.
There are times when you'll need to fit an existing object to a Terrain such as placing a house on a piece of a regular land or driveway or something like that. In order to help us with that SketchUp has the Stamp and Drape tools which we can find here in the toolbox, or we can also find it under tools>Sandbox, Stamp and Drape. So let's go ahead and start with the Stamp tool. Now what this does is it actually adjusts the terrain to fit the foundation of your building.
So in other words, we've got this house here and if we were to just move this straight down onto the lAnd you'll notice how it's not really fitting. It's kind of sitting into the hillside. It's not totally flat. So what we need to do is kind of either built up or excavate the land to make it fit the house. And we can do that using that Stamp tool. So I am going to go ahead and move this house up a little bit and then select the house and then select the Stamp tool. Then when I do that notice how this little red line comes up around the outside, and we have an Offset here and this is how much of an Offset we'll use to build up or excavate the land.
So I am going to go ahead and put 4 feet rather than 1 feet and then hit Enter. And notice how that gets bigger. Now all I have to do is click on the Terrain. So if I left click here I can now move my terrain up or down just by moving the mouse and in order to lock that in I just left-click again. And so now what I've done is I've created a pad for my house to sit on. So now I only have to do is select the house and hit M for the Move tool, hold down my Up Arrow key and move it into place.
So now I've created basically a pad for the house to sit on. So I've excavated the hills and I've built up the lower portion, so now I have a nice place for my house to reside. So you can also do almost the opposite and that's use what's called the Drape tool and that allows you to drape a piece of geometry onto a surface. So what we did before was we took the surface to fit the geometry and we can do this the opposite direction. We can take a piece of geometry and drape it on the surface.
So I have a driveway for this building here. All I have to do is select Edit>Unhide >All and it brings up this driveway. So let's go ahead and fit this driveway to the front of the house and then apply it to the landscape. Now the easiest way to do this is to go into my Top View. So I am going to go into Standard Views> Top, turn on Parallel Projection and now just double-click on this to select it and go ahead and use my Move tool to position my driveway.
So let's go ahead and position it, so it kind of comes up right to the front of the house somewhere on there. So I can position this as much as I want. I am going to go ahead and go back to Perspective View and then just rotate around so I can see this. Now the Drape tool works very similar to the Stamp tool. All I have to do is double-click on my object to select it, make sure I have everything selected. Select Drape and now click on my terrain. Now what happens is, it takes this outline and it projects it on to this surface.
So now I can double-click this and Hide it and now I've got an outline of my driveway on this surface. Now the best way to use this is to use it as a texturing tool; so let me show you how that works. I am going to go ahead and close Sandbox here and let's go into Window>Materials and let's go ahead and put up some materials on this. So I am going to go first to Vegetation and just select a Grass here., and then I am going to flood fill this whole terrain. So now we have a grassy yard here.
But I want to make sure that the driveway is something else, may be a stone driveway or a blacktop driveway or concrete driveway or something like that. So all I have to do is select these faces and apply a different material. So I can double-click on this to open it up and then just use my Shift+Select tools and I can basically just Shift+Select areas of this and make sure I have all of these faces selected inside this driveway.
And when I do, and then let's go to another material. Let's go to, for example, Groundcover and let's go to Rock., and then I am just going to go ahead and flood fill those faces. And you can see how it's starting to bring in my driveway. Well, I missed a couple here but I can certainly just do those one at a time. So I'll just go ahead, double-click on this, make sure this is opened and then fill these one at a time. So I want to make sure that the group is open and there we go.
So now once I have this I click outside of it. Now it's back to being group and now I have my driveway on my terrain. But we still have all of these lines, okay and those aren't really all that pretty and particularly if we want to render something you don't really want those lines for final output. So you can get rid of those, simply by selecting the surface and going into the Soften Edges tool. So I want to make sure that I have soften edges, make sure I have Soften Smooth Normals and the Soften Coplanar and then just go ahead and adjust your angle between normals until you got something that you like.
And so there are some guidelines for putting a house onto on a regular surface as well as creating a driveway. So I am sure you can use the Stamp and Drape tool for a number of different tasks in SketchUp.
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