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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.
The line tool can be used to create things in 3D, so you don't absolutely have to draw things in a plane, you can start drawing things up and down and sideways, in all different directions. So let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to take the line tool here, and I'm going to do pretty much what I did before. I'm going to left-click, drag along the green axis, left-click again, red, green and then I'm going to snap to the red access to make sure it's directly crossed from that point and create a simple rectangle.
Then let's say we want to turn this into a box. Well we can do that using the line tool, so I'm going to go ahead and start snapping. Notice how this snaps to the corners, the mid points, and the corners again. So if I want I can draw wherever I want, but I can also snap to this very important points on the model. So if I snap to that far end point, and drag it up along the blue axis here and left click again, you see that I've got a vertical line. So now I'm kind of drawing in 3D.
Again, left-click and drag across, you can see that once it snaps there I've got it directly above that other point. And I can drag down, and now I've got basically a vertical edge. And then I can start filling that in. So, if I wanted to, I could snap to this endpoint, drag across, find the inference there. Again, snap, draw, draw here. Let's see if I can find this. Try it one more time, click from here. There we go. I've got that snapped there, so I can either go across to make that, and then once I do that I can go down to make a box.
So as you can see we can very easily start drawing things in 3D. So if I wanted to I could make an extension to this. I could click on the mid-point, drag there, then go back up here and again maybe start creating faces here. So again I can start creating. And you can see how you can very easily just once you start getting that snapping in inferences working, you can basically start drawing with pretty good precision. So as you can see, with just the line tool you can actually start drawing some very interesting shapes.
But there are other tools that you can use that can actually make more interesting shapes, and we'll get to those next.
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