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Google SketchUp Crash Course

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(c) Allison Albericci

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  • 1. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 1 © Allison Albericci Part 1: Basic Modeling Tools and Functions 1. Draw Tools:  Line  Rectangle  Circle  Arc  Dimension Entry and Measure 2. Orbit, Pan and Zoom: 3. Move, Copy, Rotate, Offset:  Move  Move and Copy  Rotate  Offset 4. Groups, Components and Extrusions:  The difference between groups and components  Before extruding a surface, be sure to group it.  Extruding 5. Part 1 Practice: Part 2: Basic Representation Tools and Techniques 6. Simple Materials: 7. Daylight and Shadows: 8. Setting Scenes:  Standard Views  Parallel Projection v. Perspective  Saving Scenes  Scene Manager and Updating Scenes  Exporting Simple “Animations” 9. Geo-locating and Previewing Model in Google Earth  Import ACAD File and Grab Location  Preview Model in Google Earth 10. Part 2 Practice
  • 2. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 2 © Allison Albericci 1. Draw Tools: Most of SketchUp modeling relies on manipulating basic geometric shapes and solids.  Line  Rectangle  Circle  Arc  Dimension Entry and Measure Begin by drawing some basic shapes in the workspace. Try each of the tools a few times. Control the size of the shapes by inputting dimensions in the MEASUREMENT box at the bottom of the screen, as shown below: These tools allow you to SELECT, draw a LINE, draw a RECTANGLE, draw a CIRCLE, and draw an ARC.
  • 3. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 3 © Allison Albericci Draw several shapes, and specify their size. Check the dimensions by using the TAPE MEASURE TOOL. 2. Orbit, Pan and Zoom: Use this tool to measure dimensions. Use this box to input dimensions. Use ORBIT, PAN, and ZOOM to view the workspace from different angles.
  • 4. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 4 © Allison Albericci 3. Move, Copy, Rotate, Offset:  Move  Move and Copy  Rotate  Offset Use the MOVE tool to move an object. Use MOVE combined with the CTRL key to COPY. Use the LENGTH box to specify distance of object movement. Use the ROTATE Tool to Rotate an object. You can enter the exact angle in the ANGLE type in, see below. NOTE: Pay attention to the Blue, Green and Red AXES. These are indications of orthogonal movement / modeling. The color of the directional indicator corresponds to the color of the axis of movement. Use these tools to MOVE, COPY, ROTATE and OFFSET Control distance of object movement here
  • 5. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 5 © Allison Albericci Control Angle Rotation here Control Offset Distance here. Use this tool to OFFSET Use this tool to ROTATE
  • 6. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 6 © Allison Albericci 4. Groups, Components and Extrusions:  The difference between GROUPS and COMPONENTS: A GROUP allows you to link a set of points, lines and surfaces for modeling and editing as a single object. A COMPONENT is similar, but allows you to edit multiple copies of an object simultaneously by editing just one.  Before extruding a surface, be sure to group the components that make up the surface (ie the edges, and surface are separate until you group them).  Extrude using the PUSH/PULL tool. Select multiple objects and right click to make either a GROUP or a COMPONENT. Take a moment to practice both of these actions. NOTE: Once you have created a GROUP or COMPONENT, you will have to double-click on it in order to edit it. Create a COMPONENT as shown in the first image below. Then, use the EXTRUDE tool to extrude the box, as shown in the second image below. Use this tool to EXTRUDE Select objects and right-click to make GROUPS or COMPONENTS
  • 7. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 7 © Allison Albericci Use this tool to EXTRUDE Control EXTRUDE height here.
  • 8. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 8 © Allison Albericci 5. Part 1 Practice: Practice your skills by making this image (or something like it). HINTS: Think geometrically. Use all the Draw tools, the Push/Pull tool, Rotate, Move, Move+Copy, Group, etc. Use the type-in to control dimensions. Pay attention to object snaps and the colored axes to model with better precision. Have fun. TAKE A BREAK! 
  • 9. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 9 © Allison Albericci 6. Simple Materials: Go to Window > Materials to bring up the MATERIALS palette. Use the Materials Palette to apply various materials to your model.
  • 10. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 10 © Allison Albericci 7. Daylight and Shadows: Go to Window > Shadows to bring up the SHADOW SETTINGS. Use SHADOW SETTINGS to set Time Zone, Time of Day, Day of Year, Lightness, Darkness, and other settings. Play around!
  • 11. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 11 © Allison Albericci 8. Setting Scenes:  Standard Views  Parallel Projection v. Perspective  Saving Scenes  Scene Manager and Updating Scenes  Exporting Simple “Animations” Go to Camera > Standard Views to see the Standard Views. The Standard Views are Top, Bottom, Front, Back, Left, Right and Iso. All can be shown as either Parallel or Perspective Projections. Parallel Projection shows you an orthographic view of the model. Perspective shows the model in perspective projection. Try several different views to test this function. Go to Window > Scenes to bring up the SCENES Box, as shown below.
  • 12. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 12 © Allison Albericci Use this tool to create new scenes – make one for each standard view. Add, Subtract, and Update Views
  • 13. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 13 © Allison Albericci Export a simple Animation: Go to File > Export > Animation to create an animation from saved scenes.
  • 14. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 14 © Allison Albericci 9. Geo-locating and Previewing Model in Google Earth  Import ACAD File and Grab Location  Preview Model in Google Earth Go to File > Import Set file type to AutoCAD Files (.dwg, .dxf) Select the File “MIT Kendall Basemap v2004”
  • 15. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 15 © Allison Albericci You now have the linework for the Kendall Square Area of MIT in your model.
  • 16. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 16 © Allison Albericci Go to File > Geolocation > Add Location The Model is now Geo-located.
  • 17. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 17 © Allison Albericci Move the linework, rotate and scale to align with the Aerial imagery.
  • 18. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 18 © Allison Albericci Use the Draw tools and the Push/Pull to propose new massing for the area. Tracing and snapping to object points allow you to model a variety of shapes. Pay attention to the snap points and colored axes for improved modeling accuracy. Use the Distance type-in box to specify the height of extrusions. Then preview the massing in Google Earth! Go to File > Preview in Google Earth.
  • 19. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 19 © Allison Albericci Go to File > Save Image to export views from Google Earth.
  • 20. MIT | SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING | FALL 2011 DUSPviz Google SketchUp Tutorial Allison Albericci | 03 February 2012 | 20 © Allison Albericci Part 2 Practice: Practice your skills by proposing a new design vision for MIT-Kendall Square. Play around with applying materials, displaying shadows, setting views, exporting animations, and previewing your model in Google Earth. If you get stuck, use the HELP menu. More Help: http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos.html GO HOME! 

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