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SketchUp Training class overview

GeniusDV's SketchUp training class makes 3D modeling easy for anyone to learn.  After attending our SketchUp 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.

You can view directions to the GeniusDV SketchUp training facility by clicking on the link.

Do you have a group of individuals that needs to be trained?  Then check out our flat fee 'on-site' SketchUp training options.

This class is part of GeniusDV's 2 day SketchUp Training course. *If you do not see our course schedule below, it's probably being blocked by a firewall. Please call 866-566-1881 for course schedule.

SketchUp 2-Day Training Class
Enrollment Fee: $795.00 (9am - 5pm each day)
2014-15 Schedule in Orlando, FL

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Benefits include

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

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.


We offer our SketchUp course approximately every month at our Orlando classroom, and 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.

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