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- Using SketchUp's unique 3D drawing and modeling tools to create realistic objects and scenes
- Creating textures and materials to add additional realism and depth to scenes
- Creating libraries of components to make changes on multiple models within a scene
- Creating walk-through animations for presentation and final output
- Outputting 2D bitmaps to create realistic or stylized renderings for clients
Skill Level Beginner
- Hi, I'm George Maestri, and today we're going to be learning Google SketchUp. SketchUp is Google's 3D drawing, design, and rendering application. Now SketchUp is a little bit different from most 3D applications, and the biggest difference is that it's easy to use. It has a very unique interface which actually gives it a much smoother workflow and it makes it much simpler to draw 3D objects than it is in some of the more complicated and robust 3D applications out there. SketchUp is used a lot for architecture and here we have a art-deco house that we drew in SketchUp.
You can also use it for more traditional types of architecture such as these townhouses, or you can use for even larger projects, such as an entire street of houses, or an entire city. You can also use it for non-architectural applicatons. Here we have a motorcycle that was drawn in SketchUp. And you can pretty much draw any 3D object you want in SketchUp. You can also use SketchUp for your own personal needs. Here we have an interior, and it's great for figuring out, in this case, where to put your furniture.
So there are a lot of applications for SketchUp and one of the coolest things about SketchUp is that it actually integrates with Google Earth. So you can draw a house like this art-deco house and then just put it anywhere you want, which is kind of cool. Google SketchUp runs on Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh, and the best thing about Google SketchUp is it's free. So you can pretty much download it from Google and we'll tell you how to do that as well. With all that in mind, let's get started with Google SketchUp.