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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
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Working with dimensions


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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

with George Maestri

Video: Working with dimensions

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.
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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
2h 25m Intermediate Jan 15, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Making custom Dynamic Components
  • Drawing with Layout
  • Editing textures outside of SketchUp
  • Creating and managing styles with the Style Builder
  • Exporting objects for rendering
  • Creating scrapbooks and presentations
  • Exporting model attributes to reports
Subjects:
Architecture Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Working with dimensions

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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