If some old guy could figure it out 500 years ago, why should your computer have problems? In the Shadow Settings dialog box, move the Time slider back and forth. Computers are lousy for browsers like me. Do you always check the nutrition information panel on food packaging? You can figure yours out with a tape measure and a calculator. Go 3D with Google s exciting architectural design software for Mac and Windows Whether you need to learn 3D modeling for business or you re just eager to see what you can create, Google SketchUp and Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies are for you. Chapters 14 and 15 provide an introduction to LayOut.
Wiley also publishes its books in a variety of electronic formats. If you use Zoom either of these two ways, you actually zoom in and out by clicking and dragging up and down on your screen. From creating a basic 3D model to showing off your work via 3D print or animation, this all-access guide pulls back the curtain on using SketchUp to do anything from redesigning your house to mocking up the next great invention. Without clicking the Measurements box, type the dimension you want. If you type 6 and press Enter, and then type 6s and press Enter again, SketchUp draws a hexagon a 6-sided circle with a radius of 6 inches.
Straight lines Figure 2-2: Even curved lines are made up of straight edges. Yes, SketchUp has a Layers feature. Going into orbit Hold a glass of water in your hand. With the Select tool, double-click the group containing your lower exterior walls. Fortunately, these kinds of shapes are exactly the ones that most people want to make with SketchUp, most of the time. This turns the instances you selected into a separate component. The drawing on the left in Figure 2-1 is a basic cube drawn in SketchUp.
Operating under the assumption that lots of people might want — and need — to make 3D models, the folks who invented SketchUp decided to design a program that worked more intuitively. Select the Eraser tool and then click the horizontal line between the rectangle and the arc to erase that line. Still, it does take a bit of understanding to get started, so turn to Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies. For technical support, please visit www. One of these new tools is Intersect; the existing tool was renamed to avoid confusion.
Double-click inside your first face. SketchUp has three tools that are dedicated to letting you get a better view of your model. It also has information on updated equipment and resources. It covers information on the newest and safest natural fertilizers and pest control methods, composting, cultivation without chemicals, and how to battle plant diseases. I mean for this book to be useful for people with just about any level of SketchUp skill. Other modeling programs have other kinds of geometry, but SketchUp is pretty simple.
From clearing the way for me to be able to write this book to patiently explaining things more than once, I owe the following people and almost certainly a few more a whole lot: Tommy Acierno, Brad Askins, John Bacus, Brian Brewington, Brian Brown, Todd Burch, Chris Campbell, Mark Carvalho, Chris Cronin, Tasha Danko, Steve Dapkus, Jonathan Dormody, Bil Eberle, Joe Esch, Rich Feit, Jody Gates, Toshen Golias, Scott Green, Adam Hecht, Barry Janzen, Alex Juhola, Tyson Kartchner, Chris Keating, Patrick Lacz, Mark Limber, Scott Lininger, Catherine Moats, Allyson McDuffie, Millard McQuaid, Tyler Miller, Parker Mitchell, Simone Nicolo, Steve Oles, Bruce Polderman, Alok Priyadarshi, Peter Saal, Brad Schell, Gopal Shah, Matt Simpson, Mike Springer, Tricia Stahr, Bryce Stout, Vicky Tait, Daniel Tal, James Therrien, Mason Thrall, Nancy Trigg, Tushar Udeshi, John Ulmer, David Vicknair, Greg Wirt, and Tom Wyman. See your model swiveling around? Use this tool it looks like a brown box with a red arrow coming out the top to pull your rectangle into a box by following these steps: a. This book will take you step by step through downloading and using both versions on both Mac and Windows. For a refresher on using guides, have a look at Chapter 2. Most animals you can name, the majority of the furniture in your house, and your personal helicopter — they can all be modeled by building half, creating a component, and flipping over a copy.
Draw a diagonal edge on the corner of your box. Draw a few more guides the same way you drew the first one. The Table of Contents I settled on is a list of what most people want to know, most of the time. See your model swiveling around? Draw a rectangle on your front face. Use the Line tool to create an outline of the parts of your roof that will have eaves of the same height. Now you have an opening in your wall. Exterior models are easier to make because you can use single faces to represent walls.
To access the Cheat Sheet created specifically for this book, go to www. The thing is, human perception of depth on paper is a trick of the eye. Here, I help you make a simple model step by step, spin it around, paint it, and even apply styles and shadows. In short, it is a great learning resource for mastering the SketchUp. Google SketchUp is available for both operating systems, and it looks and works about the same way on both. In other words, a face is defined by the edges that surround it, and those edges all have to be on the same, flat plane.
I type the dimension I want what I just measured to be: 7 for 7 inches. These black areas are areas of transparency: When you paint a face with one of these textures, you can see through the areas that look black. The Shift key works both ways when it comes to the Select tool. Your doghouse casts a shadow on the ground. Some content that appears in print may not be available in electronic books.
Figure 4-3 shows the basic toolbar; everything you need is right there: Green axis Figure 4-2: Your modeling window should look like this before you start drawing in 2D. Consider the example shown in Color Plate 3: If I click the cylinder with Chapter 2: Establishing the Modeling Mind-set the Move tool and move my cursor up, how is SketchUp supposed to know whether I mean to move it up in space above the ground or back in space? In Chapter 2, I jump right in. As you drag, notice your Rotate protractor changes orientation; the line from where you clicked to your cursor is the axis of rotation. The box moves another 10 meters in the blue direction. Perhaps I want to make five equally spaced copies of a column, as shown in Figure 2-23.