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Architecture, design, and media professionals all over the world are using Google SketchUp to create detailed 3D models efficiently and quickly. In Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training, design expert George Maestri teaches the foundations of SketchUp's drawing, design, and rendering tools. He covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and the Sandbox extension, which is used to create realistic organic shapes and terrain. George also discusses how to model and texture objects from existing photographs and export models to Google Earth to visualize how buildings fit in a real landscape. Exercise files accompany the course.
The next tool I want to show you is called the Follow Me tool. What this does is it takes a face and extrudes it along a path. It's similar to a Loft tool in other types of 3D packages. So let me show you how this works. We find it here on the Tools > Follow Me. There is no preset shortcut or you can get it here. But to do this I actually want to open a standard file here. So in the CH02 directory, let's go ahead and open the file called FollowMe_00.
Now what I have done is I set up some preexisting setups here so we can actually do this fairly quickly. Now what I have is I have actually two shapes here and they are essentially the same. I have a series of edges like this one is an arc and this one a series of straight lines. Then I have a face set at the bottom or the starting edge of this path. So let's do this circular one first. I am going to select the Follow Me tool. Once we set our starting face at the base of this path, all we have to do is click on the face and drag along the path. So if drag, you will see how the path highlights in red and I can just drag this anywhere along the path and like though and I now I have created that kind of tube shape. Same for this one here. It doesn't have to be a tube.
It can certainly be box or really any shape you want. Again I am going to select the Follow Me tool, highlight the face. See how that face highlights and then drag. Sometimes it takes a while to get this. It gave me a little warning there, but it's still worked. Now it's best if you have that face exactly started on the path. If you don't, you will get that error message that I got. But here we go. Here is another one. So that's essentially how the Follow Me tool works. Let me show you a little bit more of a practical example. This is that house that we have been working on, and actually it's the finished version of the house, but what I have done is I have taken away this front wall and we are going to put in a curved railing. So let me show you how this works.
First thing I need to do is I need to create the outline of the railing. So I wanted a circular railing. So I am going to snap to this end point and then I am going to draw a circle with the radius that I want. Let's make it a one-inch circle. Hit Enter and do the same here, 1, Enter, 1, Enter. So now I have got all these one-inch circles exactly at the bottom of these paths. Now I need to be able to see these paths so that I can drag along them. So I am going to select this face, right there, select this tool, the Follow Me tool, find that face and now drag. Sometimes it's a little tricky getting this start.
You really have to practice with this. In fact, I didn't get this to start at the right spot. So I am just going to undo this again. Then I am just going to click and then drag again. There we go. There is my first railing. Now I have got two more, so we can practice. It takes a little bit of getting used to with this tool because what you have to do is select the tool, select the face and then select the beginning of that path and then drag along the path. There is number two, and again it just something you have to practice. Here it is and it is number three. Beautiful! And there we go.
So there is some use for that Follow Me tool. Go ahead and practice with it and we are going to move on to some additional tools.
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