SketchUp allows you to add scenes and create interior backgrounds in your designs much like you create exterior views. For example, if your model is not finished or certain rooms aren't part of the project scope, you can use an image file, such as a JPEG, to set scenes instead of leaving rooms blank. In this online video you'll learn the process of creating interior backgrounds and adding scenes to enhance your presentations.
Next, after you've got an exterior one, you might want to consider as well to do some for the interiors. Reason that you might want to do this is that maybe your model isn't completely finished yet, or you haven't really thought out what you want to do. Or, maybe the rooms aren't part of your scope of work. So we can go ahead and put in one for an interior view as well. So I'm going to kind of zoom out again and I'm going to come over here in space and I'm going to pick the Rectangle tool a second time.
And in this case I'm going to develop one that is going to be roughly six inches thick and 18 feet, three inches, let's say. We'll bring that in, there we go, and we're going to basically lift this one up, approximately nine feet. So we're going to bring this up nine feet. Now that we have it set up that way we're going to bring in another image. In this case we'll go back to, Import. And, we'll pick up LR1 which has got a nice TV in there on the wall.
It'll look good in the living room, even though we don't have a finished living room, and we'll use this as an image as well. Then we'll pick a point, even though it doesn't stretch all the way across, which is fine, we're going to go ahead and just click there. Then go ahead as we did before. Right-click here, make sure that everything is selected. And right-click one more time and make it into a group. So now we have a group that's been placed. We're going to pick it up by its lower corner. We're going to just kind of move it into place which will be approximately right there.
Might have to zoom in a little bit so we can get it in a little bit better. There we go. So now we have two backgrounds set up. We have a background for the interior and one for the exterior. So, now that we have our backgrounds set up, we can now basically set up some scenes. So, we're going to first of all, go to Camera, which we can do either up here or down here. We're going to pick it up with a little guy, and I'm going to place him like so, so he's on the face of the floor.
We're going to use the eye to set up one scene right now. You can see that our TV screen shows up. And I'm going to basically kind of manipulate a little bit back and forth here. So I can see basically, maybe something like that. That's starting to look pretty good. Zoom it up a little bit and we'll change the eye height to five feet, eight inches, and that should help out a little bit there. So, we have this setup, we're going to come over her to View, go down to Animation, and we're going to click Add Scene.
So, we've now gone ahead and made one scene. We'll go ahead and make another one. We'll set this up a little bit differently as well, kind of get this out of the way. I'll put our little guy in here again, and we'll kind of zoom out a little bit, come over this way. That looks pretty good. So we'll take that, make another scene as well. So now we have two scenes that have been created. The other thing that you can do is you can also right-click on any one of these tabs and go to Scene Manager.
You'll notice that they're located right here. Now, this panel extends out, and you can actually go ahead and name each one of these in case you want to. So here we can call this the Bar Scene. We can have all these attributes for properties being saved, and then over here for this one we can call this, Kitchen Scene. Again, we can even add in a description, say, something like looking out the window. So all that information will go ahead and be there.
So again, you can create your scenes, and set them up, then once you're done you can also click to each one to see basically how they look, which is kind of nice. Create backgrounds to enhance your views. You can use any number of images, use photos from your camera or even images found on websites, particularly manufacturing websites where some of these things would work very well. There are a number of file formats available to choose from as well.
The most common one is to use JPEG files. Move the backgrounds into position and then set them up so that you can save them to a scene.
- Drawing 2D floor plans in SketchUp
- Selecting the right template and tools
- Creating components
- Cleaning up walls and creating door and window openings
- Using x-ray views when adding doors and windows
- Using layers to manage your views effectively
- Capturing materials to use in your design
- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image