Let's dive into the world of 3D drawing using Google SketchUp. Today we will get started by:
- Downloading and install SketchUp.
- Experimenting with Mouse Functions
- Learning how to use many of the basic SketchUp tools.
Google SketchUp Make is the free version. "Pro" is available for TCEA members.
3-Button (with scroll wheel)
- The scroll wheel can be used to zoom in and out.
- The middle mouse button button can be used for orbiting (spinning around objects)
TOOLBARS, MENUS, ICONS
There are many toolbars available under View/Toolbar
Mac: View/Customize Toolbars drag the toolbar onto the main toolbar to replace
Shortcuts are available under the drop down menus.
To use the shortcut simply press the letter (for example, "M" for Move, "E" for Eraser)
Zooming, Panning, and Orbiting
With 3-buttom scroll wheel mouse: Press and hold the middle mouse button while moving the mouse.
- Or click Orbit
- Hold ctrl button
- Move mouse
- Arrow: Select an item
- Eraser: Erase a line/face
- Line: Draw/Lines/Line
- Arc: Draw/Arcs
- Shapes: Rectangle. Circle, Polygon
Pan: Expand or retract a face of a closed object
Offset: Create inner/outer edges in a plane
Move: Move object or part of Object
Rotate: Rotate and Copy
Paint: Additional textures: Window/Color option
1. Start with a circle
2. Orbit so you can create a circle perpendicular to the first one
Start the new circle at the center point.
3. Select the new, larger circle. (face or edge)
4. Activate Follow Me, and click the smaller circle.
The smaller circle is driven around the larger one.
5. Erase the Larger Circle
Build a House
Getting students excited about architecture is so beneficial.
File ---> Geo-Location --> Select Region --> Grab --> Set Object in Place