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Using the Tape Measure tool


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Google SketchUp 8 Essential Training

with George Maestri

Video: Using the Tape Measure tool

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".
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  1. 7m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 12s
    3. Starting SketchUp for the first time
      47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      49s
    5. Tips for Mac users
      3m 22s
  2. 43m 52s
    1. Interface basics
      4m 42s
    2. Adding toolbars
      2m 38s
    3. Navigating
      3m 48s
    4. Changing perspective
      2m 51s
    5. Walking around
      3m 12s
    6. Creating camera views
      5m 15s
    7. Shading faces and edges
      7m 59s
    8. Creating shadows and fog
      5m 50s
    9. Creating Scenes
      5m 9s
    10. Setting preferences
      2m 28s
  3. 22m 19s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 25s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      5m 36s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      4m 8s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      6m 10s
  4. 48m 47s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 42s
    2. Refining objects with the Line tool
      3m 39s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 44s
    4. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      5m 30s
    5. Creating circles and polygons
      6m 5s
    6. Creating arcs
      4m 0s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      8m 33s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 24s
    9. Softening round edges
      5m 16s
    10. Creating 3D text
      1m 54s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      7m 16s
    3. Creating text labels
      1m 7s
    4. Using the Dimension tool
      1m 18s
    5. Creating sections
      2m 23s
  6. 20m 45s
    1. The Component window
      5m 32s
    2. Creating components
      3m 55s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      3m 15s
    4. Importing from Google Earth
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    6. Using the Component Options window
      3m 43s
  7. 25m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      5m 42s
    2. Working with layers
      3m 27s
    3. Creating layers
      4m 20s
    4. Using the Outliner
      6m 42s
    5. Hiding and unhiding objects
      2m 48s
    6. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 4s
  8. 41m 32s
    1. Using the Materials Browser on a Mac
      2m 49s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 2s
    3. Editing materials
      5m 4s
    4. Creating materials
      3m 19s
    5. Adjusting materials
      4m 38s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 43s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      3m 39s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      3m 27s
    9. Importing floor plans
      4m 27s
    10. Modeling with floor plans
      8m 24s
  9. 27m 11s
    1. Applying styles
      2m 26s
    2. Editing styles
      8m 30s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 13s
    4. Basic animation
      5m 56s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 6s
  10. 20m 40s
    1. Creating terrain from contours
      6m 22s
    2. Modeling objects with contours
      1m 42s
    3. Creating terrain from scratch
      3m 40s
    4. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      3m 2s
    5. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  11. 15m 3s
    1. Geolocation with Google Maps
      3m 11s
    2. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      4m 30s
    3. Modeling in Photo Match
      7m 22s
  12. 59m 46s
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      6m 41s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Using math and functions
      8m 49s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      7m 2s
    5. Creating a dynamic staircase
      8m 52s
    6. Hiding objects dynamically
      2m 58s
    7. Configuring staircase rise and run
      5m 21s
    8. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 24s
    9. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 55s
    10. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 44s
  13. 15m 58s
    1. Creating solids
      2m 25s
    2. Using Boolean operations (Union, Intersect, Subtract)
      6m 46s
    3. Working with Trim and Split
      4m 45s
    4. Creating outer shells
      2m 2s
  14. 21m 28s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 40s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 8s
    3. Exporting objects
      5m 39s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      6m 1s
  15. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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Google SketchUp 8 Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Jun 28, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting preferences
  • Building scenes
  • Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
  • Creating 3D text
  • Measuring and labeling models
  • Creating, editing, and adjusting materials
  • Projecting maps onto curved objects
  • Modeling with floor plans
  • Rendering a scene
  • Geolocating models with Google Maps
  • Modeling in Photo Match
  • Hiding objects dynamically
  • Creating solids
  • Exporting objects for rendering
Subjects:
Architecture Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Using the Tape Measure tool

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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