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Google SketchUp and using Face-Me components

When you open SketchUp for the first time, on your screen will be "Sang", a 2D Face-Me component created in SketchUp.


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SketchUp is a 3D surface modeling program and it has a unique way to control file size and that is the use of 2D Face-Me components.  These components are unique in that instead of using a 3D tree which may have thousands of polygons,  a 2D component with just one polygon can be used instead.  This is possible because with a 2D Face-Me component the image will always face the camera and give the illusion of 3D.
The palm tree on the left is a 2D Face-Me component and the  one on the right is a typical 3D model with lots of polygons.


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As your your model gets larger the use of 2D components is advisable.  The best use of 2D components is for people and landscape.
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