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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.
LayOut also allows you to create text for describing things within your drawings or adding entire paragraphs of text. We have a Text tool here which basically allows us to place text wherever we want. All we have to do is just click and type and once we have our text, we can just move it around. If we want to edit the text, we can open up Text Styles and then just change the type of text we want.
So for example, if we wanted a new font, all we have to do is just select this and change whatever font we want. We can also change the font size and whether or not it's bold or italic or whatever. Now, along the top here we have additional things such as Underline, Cross Out and Color. So if we want to change the color of the text we can also do that here.
So for example, if we wanted to make it blue or violet text, we can do that. We can also change alignment. Now this is more important for paragraphs than for single words. Let's go ahead and type in a few more words. If you want to change text, all you have to do is double-click in the box and just start typing. Double-click out of it and we have the box. Now when you resize the box, notice how the text wraps to fit the size of the box.
Stretching the box isn't going to stretch the text. It's just going to re-wrap the text. So it's not so much like Photoshop. A little bit more like Illustrator in the way that works. Now with text alignment, we have Left alignment, Center alignment, Right alignment. We also have Vertical alignment, Top, Middle, Bottom and so on. Then we also have what's called unbounded text and bounded.
So those are the basic Text tools. We also have what's called a Label tool, which allows us to point to things and label them. So what you do is you left-click-and- drag and you drag out a line and when you let go, you can now type in text. Now once you've created this, you can actually select the text and move it around and the arrow will follow. You can also change the type styles and all of that sort of thing. Now one thing you have to be careful about with this is that if you actually move the line off of the original text that connection in between the two breaks.
So you got to be careful not to move them separately. So those are some of the basic Text tools and as you can see, you can create all sorts of text and arrange them pretty much however you want within LayOut.
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