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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.
If you want to dive a little bit deeper into your SketchUp scenes, you can use the Outliner and Entity Info windows. So let's take a look at them. We're going to start with the outliner. Now, go Window > Outliner. And in this particular scene I've got a bunch of groups. So I've got the house as a group, the plants are each a group, and the fencing is grouped. Now when I select it, notice how it highlights here in the outliner. So when I select the fence, it highlights this group.
If I select the groups in the outliner, you can also see that they select in the view port as well. So if I select this one, it becomes the house. Now some of these actually have names, but a lot of them are just named group which is not very descriptive. Now we can use the entity info window to make things a little more descriptive. So if I right click on an object, I go Entity Info. And in this it will give me the info about this group so this is on the layer called house now I could actually change my layer remember from the last movie to whatever layer I want.
I can cast or receive shadows, and I can also hide or lock the object. But probably the most important one is, you can give the object a name. So this house is a home. So I'm going to name it home, hit Enter, and when I close this window, notice how this particular entry in the outliner has changed. So now I can select that and I know it's my home. You can also use the outliner to select things by name. So let's say I wanted to select all the fencing around this building.
I could Shift-select here in the view port, but I also can Shift-select in the outliner, and so I can select all of those. If I wanted to, I could do Make Group and group them again. Now notice how when I do that, it actually creates another group. Now the Outliner does have hierarchies, so every time you group something, it puts it into a hierarchy. So now I have this hierarchy. And, I can right-click on this. Do entity info and just type in, say, fencing. So, now this is all the fencing I have in my scene here. And, if I wanted to, I could open that up.
And, I could go to each of the individual fences. And, notice how I've kind of dived into the group, so that's the same as selecting that and double clicking on it. And if I wanted to, I can go into any of these groups and you could see that I can actually go down to the individual picket on the fence, just by diving down through the hierarchies here. Now if I click off of this, you can see I can remove the group. Now if I select a group and right-click over it, and do explode it will explode that first group.
And just put me back to where I was when I opened the scene. So the outliner allows you to navigate a scene by name. Along with the entity info window, which allows you to actually apply names to objects. So, I'm sure you can find this super useful when you're working with SketchUp.
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