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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.
Components in SketchUp can also have interactivity applied to them and we can access this using the Interact tool. Let me show you where this is. Under tools we have Interact and when I select that, a little hand comes up and if I'm over nothing, well, it's just a hand. If I'm over an object, it will be either no for I can't interact with this to lighting up which says click to activate. So if I left click over an active object, we can interact with it, so I can interact, for example, with the doors of this cabinet or the top drawer, or we can also interact with the dishwasher.
Now interactivity can open and close things, which is great. Let's say you're designing a kitchen and you want to make sure that the refrigerator door doesn't bang into the wall or something like that. If you have interactive components, you can design the kitchen and interact with all the objects within it and that gives you a much better sense as to how the kitchen will work as a whole. Now interactivity isn't just limited to opening and closing things; you can also change color. Let's say, I want to click on this man's shirt.
If I click on it, I can change color and you can use this to see how different colors will work in your room. Let's say you had a couch and you want to see what color works best. Now all of this interactivity is built into the components using SketchUp Pro and this will be covered later in the course. So if you have SketchUp Pro, you'll be able to add interactivity, but anybody with SketchUp even the free version can interact with objects. So go ahead and play with the Interact tool. If you can, download some objects from 3D warehouse and interact with them and you'll find that there's a wide variety of ways to use this tool.
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