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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.
SketchUp also has the ability to create dimensions. Now, this is done using the Dimension tool. I have a file called House_Section open and it's basically a Google SketchUp image that's been imported into LayOut. It's basically the floor plan of a house. I can use the Dimension tool simply by picking it from the Timeline here under Dimension or by using Tools > Dimension. Then all I have to do is click on an endpoint or a starting point of my dimension and then finding a second one.
Then just pulling that down to whatever size I want and then clicking again to end the procedure. So if I wanted to do this again on a vertical dimension, I can do it this way and so on. Now if I want to modify these dimensions, maybe I don't like the type style or the way the lines are drawn, all I have to do is just highlight one of these and I can rescale it if I want, or I can go to the Dimension Style tab here and expand that.
Now if you don't have that in your sidebar here, you can always get it by just clicking here on Dimension Style. Once that's open, you can change how the dimension looks. You can either make the dimension above, below, or in the middle of the drawn line, you can make it vertical, horizontal, or if you have lines that are drawn at an angle, you can make it aligned to that line and you can also change the format. So, for example, if you wanted it to be Engineering, Fractional, in other words, Inches and so on. Of course, we want to use Architectural for this one.
We can also do the same for this. So, for example if we wanted to center that to the line and make it vertical, we can do that as well. Now the dimensions themselves calculate to the exact size of your SketchUp model. So, if your model is drawn to scale, these will just naturally flow into LayOut. You can see how it's very easy to create dimensions within LayOut.
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