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How To : Place a Google SketchUp model in LayOut

Working closely with SketchUp models is key to LayOut and the primary feature that makes LayOut so unique. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to place a SketchUp model in LayOut. To place the model, go to file and simply click insert. Find your model and the ...more

How To : Keep your SketchUp model organized

This video series explains how to keep your SketchUp model organized. The videos correspond to Chapter 5 of the book Google SketchUp for Dummies. PART 1 explains how to group things together. PART 2 shows you how to select and replace instances. PART 3 covers making new compon ...more

How To : Establish the modeling mindset for SketchUp

This video series helps you understand and get in the right mindset to model in SketchUp. It accompanies Chapter 2 of Google SketchUp for Dummies. PART 1 explains the relationship between edges and faces. PART 2 shows you how to give instructions with the drawing axes. PART 3 ...more

How To : Use SketchUp to model for Google Earth

This 3D software modeling tutorial series shows you step by step how to create a suitable model for Google Earth within SketchUp. The series will start by showing you how to export data from Google Earth to use for reference, how to build and optimize the modle, texture it in ...more

How To : Model in SketchUp and Google 3D Warehouse

This tutorial is on using SketchUp to draw a simple 3D model with textures and using Google's 3D Warehouse. In addition, the potential for use with Ppervision3D is discussed through SketchUp's 3D collada export. Mike Lively, Director of Instructional Design at Northern Kentuck ...more

How To : Accurately measure a room and model it in SketchUp

Alex leaves the studio to help a friend redesign his garage into his own video production studio. Watch and learn how to use SketchUp by starting a project from scratch. See how to take measurements of the space you want to model or remodel in SketchUp, then use those measurme ...more

How To : Model a lantern in SketchUp 6

How comfortable are you with designing products in SketchUp? Maybe you need a bit more practice? Why not try your hand at this SketchUp modeling challenge. Mike Tadros hosts a tutorial on how to best model a lantern in SketchUp.

How To : Model with photographs in Google SketchUp

This video series shows you everything you need to know about completing a model from photographs in SketchUp. It follows Chapter 7 of the book Google SketchUp for Dummies. PART 1 shows you how to add photos to faces. PART 2 explains how to move, scale, rotate, shear and disto ...more

How To : Model a dog house in SketchUp

This video series will help you get started learning SketchUp by showing you how to make a dog house. The videos correspond to chapter 3 of Google SketchUp for Dummies. In PART ONE you build the model, PART TWO you slap on some paint, and in PART THREE you switch on the sun (c ...more

How To : Model a tractor in Google SketchUp 6

Google SketchUp is a powerful 3 dimensional modeling tool that boasts comprehensiveness and versatility for the average, everyday user. Unlike some of its contemporaries, this program is very user friendly. Check out this tutorial and learn how to go about modeling a Tractor f ...more

How To : Model a house from an image in SketchUp 6

You don't have to have an authentic 2-dimensional CAD drawing to model a house or building in SketchUp, all you really need is a floor plan or good image. If you don't have a CAD drawing to use to create your SketchUp model, learn how you can take an image of any floor plan an ...more

How To : Model a roof with the Follow Me tool in SketchUp

One of our favorite tools in SketchUp is the Follow-Me tool. It's the kind of tool that takes awhile to master, but once you've got it, you're free to model complex shapes in SketchUp that might have been considered impossible. In this SketchUp 6 software tutorial, Mike demons ...more

News : A 3-in-1 Model

These drawings were made with Google SketchUp. There is a dodecahedral model, icosahedral model, and a third I don't know the name of, made of rhombic faces obtained by connecting vertices of the other two. The final image is all three models together. I'll use a ShopBot CNC r ...more

How To : Present your models in SketchUp

This video series shows you all the steps involved in properly presenting your models inside SketchUp. The videos correspond to Chapter 10 of the book Google SketchUp for Dummies. PART 1 discusses standing in the right spot and how to use the position camera tool. PART 2 expla ...more

How To : Use lights and shadows in SketchUp 6

Do you know where your shadow is? If you don't, it might be time to crack open SketchUp, download The Sketchup Show episode #42 and work along with Mike as he demonstrates how to harness the power of shadows and location in SketchUp. It's one thing to build a model in SketchUp ...more

How To : Use the camera tools in SketchUp

If you've ever wondered how to get more precise views of your model, The Sketchup Show episode #12 is for you. Alex covers the three basic "camera" tools in SketchUp, and explains how you can manually adjust view settings for the height and field of view of your SketchUp camera.

How To : Use the sandbox tools in SketchUp 6

SketchUp 5 and up has a Sandbox. But there are a few rules to know before you're allowed to play. In this episode of The SketchUp Show, Alex leads you in creating a landscape from scratch, and a second way to model terrain from existing contour lines using the sandbox tools. L ...more

How To : Match photos when modeling in Google SketchUp

Matching a photo allows you to import and align the SketchUp axes to match the photo perspective you want to use as a modeling reference. With this done, you can create models using the photo as a direct reference. PART ONE covers the basics of importing and aligning the axis ...more

How To : Intersect models in Google SketchUp

Did you know you can intersect models when working in Google SketchUp? If you didn't, that's because the intersection tool is only available from the contexts menu. This SketchUp tutorial will show you how to find the tool and use it to intersect SketchUp objects. These operat ...more

How To : Use SketchUp with CAD files to create structures

There are varied approaches to using SketchUp with CAD files. This video series presents one method we suggest as it is quick and creates a good clean SketchUp model. In the first video we import a CAD plan, group and lock it, delete extra layers and create a unique layer for ...more

How To : Create tileable textures in imageSynth & SketchUp

Mike demonstrates how to quickly and easily create custom tileable textures for your SketchUp models using a Photoshop plug-in called imageSynth. You will be using Photoshop and imageSynth to create the textures but the end goal is to be able to apply those seamless textures t ...more

How To : Create standard & spiral staircases in SketchUp 6

It's one thing to learn how to model a building in SketchUp, and if you are a new SketchUp user you may not remember that multi-level buildings will need a staircase! Mike demonstrates a few different methods to create both standard and spiral staircases in this SketchUp 6 tut ...more

How To : Use the walk tool in Google SketchUp

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use the walk tool in Google SketchUp. The walk tool allows you to explore model from eye height. When you click and drag, you'll see a plus sign appear. YOu'll be able to move slowly or rapidly accordingly. This tutorial ...more

How To : Use the dimension tool in Google SketchUp

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use the dimension tool in Google SketchUp. This tutorial covers how to add dimensions directly to your model and how to adjust dimension settings. To dimension a distance between two points, simply select the dimension t ...more

How To : Use the section tool in Google SketchUp

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use the section tool in Google SketchUp. This tutorial covers how to create cut-away views of your model in any direction, the context options for the section plane, and how to move and rotate the section plane. You can ...more

How To : Use the tape measure tool in Google SketchUp

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use the tape measure tool in Google SketchUp. You can use this tool to measure edges and distance, create construction geometry or dashed guidelines, and resize individual groups or the entire model. This tutorial covers ...more

How To : Master Maya modeling by making a 3D airplane

Maya is arcane, complex, but incredibly powerful software. It is the industry standard for 3D modeling in games and film. This video for Maya beginners will teach you how to create a model of an airplane as a means of teaching you a lot of the basics of Maya. It is meant to be ...more

How To : Learn the Maya modeling basics by making a toy

Mastering the intricacies of 3D modeling in Maya can take a lifetime, or as close to a lifetime as anyone has had since Maya came out in. This video for Maya beginners will teach you the basics of modeling by walking you through modeling a toy rooster. The model doesn't look t ...more

News : Making Art on Your iOS Device, Part 3: 3D Modeling

Today's segment of Making Art on Your iOS Device takes us into the third dimension. The below apps are suitable for beginners looking to venture into the world of 3d modeling, as well as pros who simply want the basics of Maya in their pocket. Build models/3D mockups or small ...more

News : New Release of AR-media 2.0 for 3ds Max

AR-media has made some great Augmented Reality software. You can check out their new AR-media™ Plugin for Autodesk® 3ds Max® OR their AR-media™ Plugin for Google™ SketchUp™. They use a marker based technology that allows you to create models in either 3ds Max or SketchUp, then ...more

How To : Use the select tool in Google SketchUp

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use the select tool in Google SketchUp. Making good selections in SketchUp is crucial in properly using the other tools available in this 3 Dimensional modeling program. This tutorial covers the basic selections, window ...more

How To : Build a building in Google SketchUp

This video series takes you through every step of building a building in SketchUp and is taken from chapter 4 of "Google SketchUp for Dummies" in case you want to follow along. PART 1 explains how to switch to a 2D view to get you ready to build the floor plan. It's a good ide ...more

How To : Make a Yamaha papercraft motorcycle YZR-M1

Learn how to make your very own Japanese Yamaha paper craft motorcycle YZR-M1! These easy-to-follow instructional paper craft video clips explain everything from basic paper craft techniques and how to make major parts of the realistic paper crafts, right up to the final assem ...more

How To : Create your own ring light for lighting and more

Ring Lights can create a specific lighting that brings out warmer hues from your actors/models, as well as giving you a cool effect for the eyes. If you're not looking to spend a fortune on buying an already made one, you can make one with items from around the house on the ch ...more

How To : Buy An Electric Guitar

Choosing the right axe for you There are many choices and factors when it comes to buying a new electric guitar. Price, style, quality and comfort are major players. Many new guitarists start off with a box set, one that includes a guitar, amp and cable. These are good for t ...more

How To : Master 3D modeling in Maya by modeling a chair

Maya is the most powerful 3D modeling tool that most people are likely to have access to. This video will teach you some basic techniques for creating 3D models in the program by teaching you how to make a chair from scratch. It's not a very exciting chair, sure, but you have ...more

How To : Create a poker game in SketchUp

Poker in SketchUp? But isn't SketchUp a 3D modeling tool? It sure is, and you sure will learn how to create a poker game (well the table at least) using SketchUp 6 in this tutorial. Part 1: Join Alex as he uses the Move and Rotate tools in SketchUp to create a poker game. Part ...more

How To : Use LayOut in SketchUp 6 Pro

Have you seen the new 'program-within-a-program' in Google Sketchup 6? It's called LayOut, and it provides SketchUp users a cool way to present their 3D models in a 2D paper-space environment. Mike Tadros shows you how to use the new program LayOut available in SketchUp 6 Pro ...more

How To : Make a baby Spider-Man balloon with diaper

One of the tougher models to make in balloon twisting is a balloon baby, also seen on an episode of Scrubs. If you were curious how they made a balloon baby, check out this video. In it, you will get a full tutorial on how to create your own balloon baby that you can write mes ...more

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