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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.
Many times when you're working in SketchUp, you'll need to work too specific dimensions and so this is where the Tape Measure tool comes in very, very handy. So let's take a look at how to use that. The Tape Measure tool can be found here under tools, the letter T is the hotkey, or you can find it using this icon on the toolbar. It's really very simple to use. You literally just click once and click twice and you've made a measurement. So, for example, if I wanted to measure how high this person is, I could just click here, drag up and then click at the top of her head and then down here at the bottom, we have approximately 5' 6 5/8".
Okay, so that's how tall that is. Now also notice when I created that second click, this dotted line comes up. And what this does is it creates actually a guideline that I can use to draw on. So it is kind of nice little handy tool. But let's go ahead and do something a little bit more real world, so I am going to go ahead and select this and delete it, hit the Delete key. Select the guideline and hit Delete and as well select the person. So let's go ahead and just build the basics of a house.
We are going to start with a Rectangle and I'm going to go ahead and sketch that out and let's make it a 20', 30'; so a 20 by 30 foot base for this house. So I'm going to go ahead hit Enter and maybe zoom out a little bit, so I can see what I've created, here we go. And let's go ahead and use the Push/Pull tool to bring this up and I'm going to make it a 10 foot high outside wall. Okay. So now I've got this box. It's a 10' by 20' by 30' box.
So let's say we wanted to do a little bump out here on this long wall. Now if I wanted to, it would be very easy to split that wall in half because all I need to do is take this Pencil tool, snap it to the Midpoint and I could cut this in half and that would give me two 15' sections from which to work. But if I wanted something in another dimension, I really couldn't just use the regular snapping because I can only snap to endpoints and midpoints, anything else, it's not going to be of any help to me.
This is where the Tape Measure tool comes in very, very handy. So I'm going to go ahead and activate this and then just go ahead and click on an edge and you can see how I can draw out a guideline, However, long I want. So let's say I want to cut this in two-third. So I wanted two 10' sections. So all I have to do is type in 10', hit Enter and now I have a guideline at exactly 10' in from this wall. I can do the same thing on the other side, bring in this one, do 10', hit Enter and now I have two 10' sections.
So if I wanted to, I could draw a line on these and use that to create a division. So if I wanted to bump out a wall or something like that, let's go ahead and do that. I am going to select my Push/Pull tool, However, over this, left-click and drag and then let's go ahead and just type in 8', so we are going to make that an 8' extension there, okay? Now we can use guidelines for other things as well. It's very handy for creating things like windows. So let's say I wanted to create a window on this large wall.
All I have to do is take my Tape Measure tool and say okay well how high up do I want that window to be and let's say we want it, let's say 3' up, so I just type in 3', and how far down, or we could also go how tall is the window, but I'm going to go how far down. We are going to make it a 2' down from the top of the building and then let's make it a 5' in from each wall. So we have actually a fairly large picture window here. So now I know exactly what my dimensions are, exactly how far it is away from each of those walls and because I've typed in those dimensions, it makes it very easy to take my Line tool and just draw that in.
So now that I have this drawn in, I can, I use my Eraser and delete my guidelines. So I can just select and delete all of these guidelines., and then If I want, I can go in and do more with the window. I could do an inset here, maybe a 2" inset and then select this face here and pull it out maybe an inch or so. And Again, I am just making a border for this window, but it all started with dimension lines that I created using the Tape Measure tool.
So you can see how this tool can be very handy in creating very precise drawings.
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