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SketchUp Pro Training class overview
GeniusDV's SketchUp training services make 3D modeling easy for anyone to learn.  After attending a SketchUp training class you'll be able to use the software to work under real-world time constraints.  From broadcasters to architects and engineers, virtually every industry uses SketchUp to model and animate 3D objects and environments.

Show what a new building would look like on a real map.  Recreate and fly through the scene of an accident.  Visualize your set before you build it-complete with simulated weather conditions for the day of your shoot.  And get a head start with Google's 3D Warehouse, which is full of pre-built models of famous buildings and common objects.

Our two-day SketchUp training covers the entire authorized curriculum, from how to open the software to the most advanced techniques.  By the end of our course, you'll be able to create, animate, and display 3D environments at a sophisticated level.  

An architectural visualization is an incredible way to promote or demonstrate your product. Take your SketchUp model(s) to an entirely new level in our Lumion 3D course. 

If you are unfamiliar with SketchUp Pro, check out the YouTube video from a user to see what's possible.

Recent Training Testimonial: "Hi John, I wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed my training last week with Katya. She is amazing! I've undergone a lot of different types of training during my 40-plus years of work-life - government, corporate, small business - and Katya is among the top three best trainers I've had the pleasure of working with. She's patient and encouraging and always made me feel I was up to the challenge (even when I wasn't so sure myself!). And she made it fun. This training was worth every penny. It's going to make a big difference in the product I'm able to offer my clients.  Warmest regards, Liz - Elizabeth Rand (cool CAD)

GeniusDV offers three methods for learning SketchUp Pro.

Classroom Training Option

We offer our SketchUp course approximately every month at our Orlando classroom. We can also teach you at your own office. Book a seat in our regularly-scheduled Orlando classes, or call (866)566-1881 for details about on-site training.

Benefits include

  • Hands-on exercise driven training
  • Certified courseware
  • Ongoing support
  • Framed certificate
  • Licensed Landscape Architect's in FL may receive 16 CE Credits.

Katya Kean is a freelance professional SketchUp designer that specializes in designing hyper realistic models for Google Earth. She has taught classes in SketchUp for companies such as Walt Disney Imagineers, Architectural firms, Major Dept Stores, City planners, educational facilities, and technology companies.

Matt Donley is the founder of MasterSketchUp.com, a popular online resource for learning SketchUp. He is also the author of the book SketchUp to LayOut. Matt uses his experience in the construction industry to help him connect with other construction professionals who are interested in learning SketchUp and LayOut.

Steve Gross is a SketchUp Trainer and software beta tester. Steve uses SketchUp on most of his major projects, including the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park and the new Transformers theme park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Helen Ammon is a visual storyteller and specializes in designing scenic environments. Based out of NYC, her previous credits include design work for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, prop design for Walt Disney Imagineering, and set design for numerous NYC theatrical performances. She has also worked on unique projects ranging anywhere from The Bronx Zoo to a Circus in Times Square.


Day 1:

  • Starting a project
  • Setting up a project preferences
  • Geographically locate your project
  • Creating a template
  • Modeling
  • Construction
  • Navigation
  • Organization


  • Using lines, circles, polygons, arcs and surfaces to create 3D shapes
  • Understanding edges and faces and how to avoid common mistakes
  • Scale and precision
  • Push -Pull, move and follow-Me tool
  • Constraining object movement


  • Using tape measure
  • Dimensions
  • Protractor
  • Text
  • Scale and precision
  • Using axes


  • Zoom
  • Pan
  • Views - Standard and their uses
  • Camera tools - field of view, creating cameras, position camera
  • Making/saving and editing scenes


  • Layers - what they do and how to use them
  • Making groups and components - what they do and how to use them
  • Scenes - creating, modifying and updating
  • Outliner

Day 2:

  • Developing your project
  • Advanced modeling
  • Adding materials
  • Rendering
  • Creating animations
  • Using Google 3D Warehouse
  • Using Google Earth


  • Applying materials
  • Making new materials
  • Adjusting material mapping on faces
  • Mapping materials to curved surfaces
  • Editing material


  • Applying Styles
  • Editing styles
  • Creating styles
  • Exporting 2D graphics

Advanced Modeling

  • Modeling organic objects
  • Intersecting models
  • Using Sections
  • Using the Sandbox tools
  • 3D Text
  • Plug-in tools
  • Using Google Warehouse
  • Using Google Earth
  • Smoothing of faces using both soften smooth edges and the eraser tool
  • Photo match models
  • Using AutoCAD files
  • Exporting models to Photoshop CS4


  • Making animations from scenes
  • Scenes - Transitions and delays
  • Export settings - frame sizes
  • Frame rates


These topics are part of GeniusDV's 2 Day SketchUp Training Course.

These topics are designed in conjunction with the official SketchUp learning platform to provide a fast understanding and a working knowledge of SketchUp. How it works. How to use it. What you can do with it. SketchUp is a user friendly 3D, graphic, design and animation software package that can do almost anything an architect or designer needs.

If you are unfamiliar with SketchUp Pro and/or Layout check out the YouTube video to see what's possible.

Visualizing spaces in three dimensions is critical to the success of the design of architectural spaces. The interplay of light, color, space, and form make exciting spaces function successfully. Traditional methods for exploring these issues are very labor intensive. Use of computer software has enabled quicker (and sometimes more accurate) study models to be generated, explored, and iterated more times in the design time available to you.

SketchUp enables you to draw using a familiar pencil and paper paradigm in a software context. The Mastering 3D Using SketchUp: Essentials One Training course provides students with an excellent choice for beginning to learn to use SketchUp. This course is intended for students with little or no 3-dimensional drawing or SketchUp experience, but who want to start to create 3-dimensional models using SketchUp.

To be successful with learning these topics  you should already be able to:
•  Define fundamental geometric terms including: polygon, parallel, perpendicular, axes, arc, and array.
•  Define 3-dimensional drawing terms including: rendering, field of view, and point of view.
•  Demonstrate mouse skills including: double-click, single-click, drag, and right-click (context-click).
* You will need a basic 3-button scroll wheel mouse to use SketchUp efficiently.

Upon completion of these lessons will be able to:
• Create 2-dimensional (2D) geometry in a 3-dimensional (3D) environment
• Create surfaces from lines
• Create surfaces from circles
• Generate surfaces from polygons
• Generate surfaces from arcs
• Demonstrate stickiness of geometry
• Create 3-dimensional geometry
• View a model in 3D
• Create surfaces from lines in 3D
• Demonstrate stickiness of geometry in 3D
• Create geometry with the Push/Pull Tool
• Move entities to manipulate geometry
• Maintain coplanar geometry
• Connect and generate forms
• Lock inferences
• Generate forms quickly
• Restore/Heal a surface
• Create a model, step-by-step
• Mirror a model
• Create an array
• Apply materials
• Create 3D Text
• Import (download) models from the Google 3D Warehouse
• Alter a model using Styles
• Import site information (imagery and topography) from Google Earth
• Position and export models to Google Earth


These topics are a continuation of the day 1 SketchUp Essentials. You will learn how to efficiently build and organize your project with the use of groups, components, layers. You'll also learn how to build geometry in the most effective way.   These topics will show you what to do when creating complex projects. You will learn how to avoid  simple mistakes to increase your design speed, accuracy, and efficiency.

You should already be able to:
• Define fundamental geometrical terms including: polygon, parallel, perpendicular, axes, arc, and array.
• Define 3-dimensional drawing terms including: rendering, field of view, and point of view.
• Demonstrate mouse skills including: double-click, single-click, drag, and right-click (context-click).
• Demonstrate proficient use of the Line (pencil), Move, Erase, Orbit, Zoom, and Select Tools in SketchUp.

Upon completion of this section you should be able to:
• Understand and leverage stickiness in the model
• Use Groups and Components to isolate geometry
• Know the difference between a Group and a Component
• Create a Component
• Demonstrate Component inferencing behavior and how to edit a Component
• Work with Component nesting, scaling, reloading, and use of the Components Browser
• Browse for and download Components from the Google 3D Warehouse
• Utilize Dynamic Components; use Component Options and Scale Tool to change behavior
• Combine Components to create a model in Google Earth
• Locate a site in Google Earth
• Import that site into SketchUp
• Insert a Component from a file
• Model from a photograph
• Match Photo
• Texture Tweaker
• Create materials and use the Materials Browser
• Use the Follow Me Tool
• Work with SketchUp Styles
• Apply
• Edit
• Mix
• Create a basic presentation with LayOut

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With time permitting, these topics are incoporated into GeniusDV's 2 day SketchUp Course.

These topics introduce advanced modeling,  tools, and project management. You will learn how and when to use styles, how to create your own Styles, the use of scenes for project views or to be used as keyframes for animations, create sun studies with precise geographic location, how and when to use shadows texture mapping, Using LayOut for advanced project presentation techniques and combining everything together with Google Earth. Everything you need to know to efficiently design and present your project - anyway you want.

SketchUp is a powerful tool for communicating 3D design concepts in professional workflows. The advanced topics course is designed for experienced SketchUp users who want to investigate advanced topic areas including working with CAD, creating curved surfaces and employing advanced presentation techniques for SketchUp models. Detailed instruction in the use of Google LayOut for print presentations is provided. SketchUp's strength is its ability to integrate with other systems. Participants will be given a thorough review of the entire design environment.

If you are unfamiliar with SketchUp Pro and/or Layout check out the YouTube video to see what's possible.

You should already be able to:
• Define create basic geometric forms, including polygons, arcs and use more advanced features such as the FOLLOWME tool and TEXTURE TWEAKER.
• Use Groups and Components to isolate geometry, know the difference between a group and a component and understand component inferencing behavior and how to edit a component.
• Create materials and use the materials browser and libraries.
• Understand how to apply SketchUp Styles.
• Users should also have basic familiarity with use of LayOut for creating presentations.

Upon completion of this section, you should be able to:

• Photomatch from multiple images and integrate a model into a site photograph
• Create and manipulate Curved Forms
• Import and Export CAD
• Understand and employ Ruby Scripts
• Effectively create a massing interior and exterior model from a CAD file.
• Efficiently organize groups, components, and layers to increase model performance
• Leverage Advanced Presentation Techniques
• Understand the uses of the Section Tool
• Apply Styles to showcase and present models in unique ways
• Make compelling presentations with Google LayOut from Scenes and Styles created in SketchUp