Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the template, part of SketchUp for Architecture: Details (2015).
- Now, before we start modeling, I want us to create a template that's similar for everybody. I'll be using metric units for this, so we'll configure this to use metric units, and we'll strip out the ground and the background sky. We'll also strip out any existing components and materials. And we'll have a nice, fast, clean style to model with. So, I've got some window palettes here from the Window menu. So, we've got the Entity Info, the Components, the Styles, and the Outliner.
Just expand the Components, and we need to delete this component first, and then either right-click and delete, or we could go onto the details button and "Purged Unused." Now, that's grayed out, because there's nothing to purge. Similarly, if we just load up our materials, then we get this button, the in model materials. Now, these materials are here because of the component we just deleted.
So again, as there's no materials in the model, you can click on that and "Purge Unused." So let's get rid of those. Similarly, we can go into the Styles, and if we go to this section here, where it says "In Model," and click on this dropdown, and go to the "Default Styles" option, and pick this one, this is the shaded style. This is a fast style. I'll show you what that means. It means that all the profiles, the Depth Cue, the Extensions, the Endpoints, the Jitter, these have all been turned off.
We've only got Edges for those. And once again, click back onto the In Model for the styles, and we can right-click and delete that one. So, we've got our template pretty much sorted out. We have to go into the Window and Model Info to get to the Units. And make sure you set this for Decimal and the Precision of zero. I'm only going to give millimeter units for the various objects. I'm not going to give metric conversions to those.
If you want to convert and use imperial, then you can by all means do so. But I'm going to call out all the units in millimeters. There won't be too many that we have to worry about. Just really the size of the brick and the block that we're going to be creating, and a few other bits and pieces as we go along. Everything else, then, tends to be relative to the object. So once we've done that, we can close that down. Finally, if you want to, under the Window and Preferences this time, where we've got the Files option, we could go in and change the paths to the file locations, the component locations, the materials, et cetera.
I'm going to leave these as they are, but if you wanted to change these to a more convenient path, then just click on the little file browser and locate these. These are the way it'll open up models, look for components and materials. Just saves a little bit of time in the long run, sometimes. So we'll close that down, because that's okay. Before we just, we'll look at this Template option. This is where we can set our default templates. So this is again in the System Preferences. So, we've got all the generic templates that this software ships with.
I've just clicked on the Browse button there. These exist under the Resources, enUS, Templates, in the program files, SketchUp 2015. So that's where that Templates folder locates. If you wanted to get rid of them, you could just delete them, but it seems pointless, as we're not going to use them anyway. And all that's left for us to do is to save this as a template. So, File, and Save As Template. And we'll give it a name. So, I'll call it "SketchUp for Architecture 3." You can call it anything that you like, really, but this is what I'll call it.
And, if you just sort of click into one of these boxes, I'm not going to give it a description, then this file name pops up. You can change the file name if you want, and with this little tick box selected, "Set as default template," then we just save that template. So, if we now go to Window and Preferences, we'll notice that "SketchUp for Architecture" is sitting there, and if we go to Browse, then it's just saved it into our Templates folder as our default template. I'll just OK that. So, we are ready to go. In the next video, we will be looking at creating bricks and blocks, ready to start our first detail.
This installment concentrates on organizing the details in your scenes with the Outliner and Layers panels. As the course shows, well-built and organized SketchUp components allow architects to have greater flexibility at every stage of the design process.
- Creating the brick and block components
- Building walls
- Laying courses of bricks and blocks
- Trenching and backfilling
- Creating the brick halves
- Adding mortar fill and insulation to the cavity
- Creating windows with casements, sills, and jambs
- Organizing the model
- Adding materials
- Exporting the SketchUp model
- Working in LayOut