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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.
Components are not just simple objects. They can have some intelligence to them as well. So I've got a blank scene here, but it actually has some components in it, so that's why it's blank now. Now if you're on the Mac and you don't see this, go ahead and hit the little house icon, and it should show up. If I look in my components window, you'll see that I've got a couple of components here that I want to show you. So each one of these can actually have intelligence applied to them. So, for example, I've got a fence object, which is a standard object that comes with SketchUp.
If I left-click and drag this into the window, you'll see that, well, it's kind of a fence. But it's not really all the fence that I need. Let's say I wanted a long fence, or a 20 foot long fence. This isn't big enough. But, it's got some intelligence applied to it. So if I take my Scale tool, and I scale this fence as wide as I want, and let go, notice how it automatically populates the fence with pickets. And so, what it does is it's basically calculating the length of the fence and figuring out how many pickets do I need to fill in that space? So it's actually a smart object. I can actually make this fence as long as I want and know that the pickets are exactly where I want to be.
Now, if you want to adjust this, you can go into what's called the component options window. So, if I go in here, you'll see that it gives me some text that tells me that this is an example of how to repeat, and it gives me an option here. How wide do I want these pickets apart? So right now it's five inches but if I say, eight inches, it'll space them further apart. Or if I say four, it will bring them closer together. And again, this spacing will be reflected as I scale this fence up and down.
So I'm going to go ahead and close this out and delete it. Now, this component options window can be used in multiple ways. So, for example, if I've got this basic shelving unit, let's go ahead and drag that into the scene. And you can see that if I want to scale it, it's not going to allow me to scale it. It actually is locking me from doing that. But let's say I wanted a bigger shelf or a shelf that has a different option here. So, if I go into my component options, you'll see that it gives me very specific and constrained examples.
So I can change the material. Do I want it white, red, black, or cherry? Let's go ahead and make it red. And I have to hit Apply here to change that color. What about the depth? How deep do I want this? So let's say I want it 16 inches instead of 12. And let's say instead of 30 inches, let's say I wanted 72. And notice how, as I increase it, it actually adds shelves to my shelving unit. And then I can also change my width. Let's make it say 48 inches rather than 36.
And then, if I want, I can also change the thickness of the wood. Go ahead and make it a thicker wood. Hit Apply. And that makes it a thicker shelf. As you can see, we can add options to our components. And this is all done in SketchUp Pro. But if you download stuff from the 3D warehouse, your components may have these options. So let's take a look at one more. I've got this cafe table here, and again it's a component. If I want, I can go into my component options window and you can see here, this is a basic table here.
So I can change the color. Again, I have to hit Apply to change the color. I can change the base style from round to square. I can also change the size of the table top. So if I make it smaller, notice how the price goes down. And I can change different colours again, for the top and that sort of stuff. And I can also change the type of top shape. And, again, notice how the price of the object changes. So if you're a manufacturer and you have access to SketchUp Pro, you can start making components of your object, such as your furniture cabinets or whatever and give people options and you can price those as well.
So, there's a lot of things that you can do with component options. And all of this functionality is provided in SketchUp Pro. And so, as you go into using SketchUp Pro, you'll learn how to add this to your components.
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