Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Introduction to templates, part of SketchUp for Architecture: LayOut.
- [Instructor] In chapter 4, I'm going to run through templates with you. We'll be creating one ourselves. So this is a drawing not a template and then we'll be saving this as a template. So we'll do that next but first of all let me explain little bit about templates. So templates are pretty much your standard drawing sheets and there are a number that LayOut give you to start off with. So if you went to file and new, then we can see we've got default templates, which are split up into the graph paper ones or the plain paper ones. We've got storyboard type ones or we've got the various title block ones. Then there's something called my templates and I've currently got this thing, which I've already saved as a template. So we can use that each time we are drawing something. So you always got a button here, always use selected template, so that can be something that's useful. Alternatively, we've got this thing which is our recent work so we can open up a previous drawing. Which is not necessarily a template. So I'll just cancel that. The other thing that we need to know is where these templates are stored. So earlier on in the series we looked at the preferences and where the file paths were so we'll do that again. I'm using Window machine, so it's edit, preferences. If you're on a Mac, then go down to layout and preferences and then we'll see under folders, we've got templates, scrapbooks and pattern fill images. These are the two file paths currently assigned to the templates. So if I wanted them to be less buried in my machine, then I can click on the plus sign and give it a new file path, and as many as I wanted. The other thing that we need to look at is start up. Onthe start up section, under new document, we've got several options. Open the getting started dialogues box, which has all the pre-configured templates listed, or we can create a blank new document, so there's nothing on it. Or we can use a default template to create a new document or we can choose that later. Maybe we'll choose the one we've created, maybe we'll just decide that we want to use blank documents each time. But these are your options okay? So let's close that down. So now let's say that we've finished this and we're happy with it. Then we can go file and save as a template. This is not a document, this is a template. And we give it a template name. We can save it into my templates, or in the default templates, or wherever we want okay? So that's pretty much how templates are created and saved. I'm going to cancel that for now. So in the next lesson we'll look at how we can create one of these. We know how to create rectangles, so I've put some dimensions on this. This is an A3 sheet so if you prefer using letter sizes then you can adapt to suit, but it's basically just a load of rectangles and I thought I'd put an image in as well okay?
- Customizing LayOut preferences
- Working with the drawing tools in LayOut
- Adding text and labels
- Creating linear and angular dimensions
- Creating templates
- Linking SketchUp with LayOut
- Building a scrapbook
- Exporting options