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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.
Now let's take a look at the Follow Me tool. This is very similar to an Extrude or a Loft in other 3D programs and what it does is it takes a face and it lofts it along a path. So I have a file here that's opened and it has a couple of paths in it. Now the first one is just, so that we can understand how to use the tool. Now the Follow Me tool can be found under tools>Follow Me, or it is here, on the toolbox. So how this works is that we have a path here and that path is connected to a face.
So the end of this path is on in this face. So what you need to do is select the Follow Me tool, select the face and it should allow you to bring it out through the path. So what I can do is I can just extend it along that path and now I have a surface that has followed that path. So this next one I've kind of left the end of this path open, so we can make sure we know how to draw a path for the Follow Me tool.
So I've got a couple of line segments that I have already drawn. Let's go ahead and select the Line tool. Snap to Endpoint, and then I'm going to go straight down so I'm going to hold down the Shift key, so that we are on the blue axis, and then It should snap to the face of that plane. So once I've snapped to the face of that plain, I have what I need to create a Follow Me. Now another way to do it is to Shift+select all of your objects and your face, then select the Follow Me tool, click on that face, you can see how that face highlights and it should just pop right into place, okay? So you can see there are a lot of possibilities with this.
Let's go ahead and do something that's a little bit more practical. I'm going to go ahead and open up this house called DecoHouse_01 and we just want to do some stair railings, which is a very common way to use the Follow Me tool. So what I have is I have these lines that are already drawn here. So what I need to do is create a circular outline, so that we can extrude those into railings. So we can do that by just using the Circle tool. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom in to where these hit the steps and just take the Circle tool, snap it to that Endpoint and pull it out and how big of our railing do we want? Well, let's go ahead and do this at maybe 1.25, so an inch and a quarter.
And then once I select that, I can go ahead and do this on the other endpoint and it should snap to inch and a quarter and inch and a quarter. So now I have three circles and three outlines. So now all I have to do is select the Follow Me tool, put this over that circle, left click and drag, and I should be able to sweep out that railing. Here we go. So let's do that one more time. We are going to do it right here. Select and drag.
Sometimes it gets stuck, so you need to make sure you get all the way to the end there. So there you go. So as you can see, the Follow Me tool is a great way to create extruded things, such as pipes and those sorts of things.
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