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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.
Another way to work with components is to use the Component Options window and this gives us various components that we can use to refine our components. So let me show you how this works. First of all, let's go ahead and drag in a component. I'm going to open up my Components window, I'm going Window>Components, and if we go to the components that are In model, I can scroll down and find Coffee_Table and I want to go ahead and drag that coffee table into the scene.
I'll just go ahead and just move that into place here. Now once I've a component selected, I want to open the Component Options window. Now the contents of this window will vary depending upon the attributes that the person who created the component applied to them. So in this case, we created a coffee table that has several different materials; we have a price and a size. So let's show you how this works. For the material, I have three selections; Bamboo, Cherry, and Ash.
So let's go ahead and select Bamboo and hit Apply and notice how the color changes. We can do that again; we can change it to Ash colored, and so on. Now also we have price, but price is calculated; it's dependent upon the size of the tables. So, for example, we have Small, Medium, and Large. So let's go ahead and make this a Small table and hit Apply. When I do, notice how the table shrinks in size and also the price of the table goes down.
Now, if you're a manufacturer of coffee tables, you would want to supply your components in the specific sizes that you supply. You don't want somebody being able to scale a coffee table as much as they want because you might not be able to manufacture that. This will restrict people to the sizes that you offer. In fact, if I go to scale this, it won't allow me to scale, because I've constrained it to the small, medium, and large size. Now the same goes for really anything in this room here.
If I select the sofa, I have some very similar options; I have Size, Color, and Price as well. So I have a small couch, a large couch, and a medium couch and we also have different colors and also notice how the price is also calculated. Now we also have one for the carpet; if I select the carpet, notice how we can change the color of the carpet and notice how the price and the area of the carpet are actually grayed out. That means it will show you how much carpet you have as well as the price.
Now the price is tied to how much carpet you have. So if I select the Scale tool, I can actually scale up the carpet. Let's say I have a bigger room. So if I have a bigger room, bigger room means more area, more area means more carpet higher price. So this is actually calculating the price of the carpet based upon the square footage of the carpet that you have in your scene. Now this Again, can be very, very handy for calculating costs and material lists and that sort of thing and if you are a manufacturer, it's great to give people idea as to how much things will cost.
Now just like with interactive components, the actual setup of these sorts of screens happens in SketchUp Pro and we'll be getting to those a little bit later in this course. But just be aware that if you do bring in objects from the 3D warehouse, they may actually have component options that you can use. So go ahead and open that window and just see what's available for whatever it is that you've brought into your SketchUp scenes.
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