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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
There are a lot of people who use SketchUp, and they like to share their models. So SketchUp actually has something called the 3D Warehouse. Now this is a website here. It's at sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse. You can actually go into this on any web browser and take a look at it. Now, probably, the easier way to get to it is through SketchUp, so we can go File > 3D Warehouse > Get Models, and that brings up a small browser that brings us directly to that 3D Warehouse.
Now this has all sorts of different types of models. We can go through this and we can basically go through popular models, building collections. So, for example, if we wanted to see a standard Americana, we can download entire buildings. So if you wanted to download The Golden Gate Bridge or Fenway Park, you can certainly do that. We can also go to featured collections. So if you wanted to have kitchen and bath, a lot of the major manufacturers are providing their objects in SketchUp format, so if you want a sink, or some appliances, or something like that and you're redoing your kitchen, you can certainly use the cabinets and appliances from the major manufacturers as part of your SketchUp model.
You can also search, so, for this model here, let's say we wanted to put in a street light, so let's go ahead and type in a search term, here I'm just going to type in the term street light. And we can search. And so this brings up all the different street lights that are available to SketchUp. Now, I'm just going to take the first one, which is actually created by SketchUp. It's called Balanced street light. And I'm just going to left-click on this. And it shows me all the details for the model. So it shows me how many people have downloaded.
We can also see a 3D view of the model here. And if we want, we can hit this button here to download the model. When I click on this it's going to say, do you want to download this directly into SketchUp, and I'm going to select yes. But when I do this, in comes the street light. And I can just place that into my SketchUp scene. Now if I go into my components window, you'll see that I've got my street light, now in the scene. And now I can again, drag in another street light if I want, and I can use this now as part of my SketchUp model.
So this is a really, really handy way to populate your scenes very quickly. You can download models from the 3D Warehouse. There are a number of stock windows, doors, cabinets, appliances, all sorts of things that you can use in your models. Now if you start creating your own stuff and you really like it, you can create an account at the 3D warehouse and start uploading your own stuff as well.
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