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SketchUp: January 2010 Archives

sketchup_icon.gifIf you're new to using Google Sketchup, you need to understand some key concepts before getting started.  The first thing to understand is that Sketchup is 3D, and when you're working in 3D, there are some essential tools you'll need to know.

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  1. The Orbit Tool:  the Orbit Tool lets you look around your model; it lets you look above, below, and orbit your view anywhere around the model.
  2. The Zoom Tool:  the Zoom Tool lets you zoom into the model and away from it.
  3. The Pan Tool:  Panning lets you move from side to side and up & down without orbiting

These are the 3 key tools you need to understand first to be successful in Sketchup.  Take a look at some of these examples as to how these tools work:



Notice on the right-hand side of the screen the Instructor:  each time we choose a different tool, the Instructor will give you hints as to what each tool does.  GeniusDV now has a monthly 2-day Google Sketchup Class that will teach you everything you want to know about 3D modeling.  Check out our schedule and give us a call today to book your next class.

sketchup_icon.gifOne of the best tips our Google Sketchup instructor tells his students is to always leave your Instructor Dialog Box open. The Instructor displays information related to the currently selected tool.  Click on any tool in the toolbar menu to see information about that tool in the Instructor.  You can also click on the links in the Instructor to navigate to sections in the Online Sketchup Users Guide.  Using the Instructor is a great way to find out what all the different tools do.

To see the Instructor, go to the Window menu and click on Instructor.

sketchup_instructor.gifGeniusDV has a great 2-day Google Sketchup class that teaches you how to build basic 3D models to entire scenes with a virtual walk-through.  Check out our class schedule and call us today to reserve your spot!

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This page is a archive of entries in the SketchUp category from January 2010.

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