Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video LayOut document setup, part of SketchUp for Architecture: LayOut.
- [Lecturer] Chapter 02_05, we are looking at the Document Setup this time. So slightly different than the preferences, and on the Mac and Windows it's under the same location. So, File, and then down to Document Setup. The dialog box has the same six elements on the Mac and Windows, and we start off with the Auto Text. I'll do a separate little video on the Auto Text. We can skip past that one for the moment. We'll look at the grid next. We've got the option to show the grid, or we can not show the grid. Okay? Now be careful with the grid. Sometimes you setup a template file with a grid on it, and it will snap to the grid, and that can be a little bit confusing. But, this is the grid. We've got a Major Grid and a Minor Grid, and you can set the spacing to whatever you like and also the color. You've also got the option to print the grid, so if you would want to have graph paper, made in your office, then that's the way to do it. Clip grid to margins. So, again, that means this. So you either have them bleeding off to the edge, or you can clip them to the margin and draw grid on top, so you can put the grid on top of everything else. The grid is something I don't tend to use, you might find it useful for certain things. Things I do use, Groups. This is when you edit a group, then the rest of the drawing will either fade lighter or darker. It's entirely up to you how you set that. I'll leave it at default, or you can hide the rest of the drawing, should you want to. So I'll just turn off everything, and leave you to concentrate on the group that you're editing. Paper next. Because this is a template file, it came in at A3. We can have a whole host of different sizes. Okay? I'm not going to go through all of these, but all the types, letter, tabloid, A sizes, B sizes, C sizes, et cetera. If you want something that's different, you can set your own values. And you can just change the units as well. So instead of it being millimeters, you can change it to the inch format, and it will create it in inches. Margins, again, we can see the margin just around the edge. If I turn that off, we hide the margin. The margin kind of follows the border of this. I could print the margin lines if I didn't have a border. That's another option for you. And there we've got Rendering Resolution. The Rendering Resolution is really to do with the links with the SketchUp files. That's covered under references. We'll look at that in a minute. But, the Display Resolution is the resolution that we see when we are working, and then we've got an Output Resolution. They're both set to medium. I would never set the Output Resolution to low or medium. I'd always put the highest resolution I could to print out, but for working, then I usually leave it at medium. If your computer's struggling a little bit, then you can set it to low, or if you've got a good computer, with fast graphics et cetera, then you can set it to high. Then, we're going to skip References for a second, go to Units. This is a simple one. Choose your format. Millimeters or inches, usually. You can have decimal inches or factional inches, and then this is the level of precision. Okay, I'm going to go back to my millimeters, and I just changed my precision back to a millimeter. We're dealing with construction elements here, so one millimeter is more than sufficient for that. And then the last thing. This bit here. The References. The bit that can make or break this project. What LayOut does is, takes the files you bring in, and it creates its own separate file in the temp folder. Okay, that's deep inside the software usually. And what it also does, is it creates a temp folder with a name that is linked back to the time and the date in which it's created. We won't see anything at the moment, but when we start to build the project, I'll keep bringing you back to the references, so you see what's happening inside this box. It's absolutely essential that you understand how this works. Because, depending on how you use the stuff in here, whether it's embedded or linked, if I click on this we can see I've got the option to update, relink, unlink, purge or edit it, if we don't deal with this properly, then we could end up with areas where there's no referenced files. There's much in this as a big box of hyperlinks with things that are either linked back to the folder in the temp storage, or they're linked back to other files on the drive. That's the thing we need to be aware of at the moment. We haven't got anything in here yet, except for this image. And that's on the root folder, so that goes back to the preferences where the templates are stored. But again, I'm not going to confuse everyone by talking at length about this. All I'm going to do is say, this is really important, and we need to be aware of it. We'll cover that at length as we work through this project.
- 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