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Google SketchUp is the exciting free software package that makes 3D available to everybody. Whether you need to build 3D models for work, or you’ve just always wanted to explore 3D modeling, Google SketchUp was made for you. Still, it does take a bit of understanding to get started, so turn to Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies.
In classic For Dummies tradition, Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies gets right to the point so you can start creating 3D models right away. You’ll learn to:
On the book’s companion Web site, you’ll also find a bonus chapter and videos demonstrating more about what you can do with Google SketchUp. Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies also shows you what SketchUp can and can’t do, and offers tips for solving common problems. Add a new dimension to your work today!
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SketchUp brings 3D to everybody! Find out how, and start creating 3D models today
Maybe you need to build 3D models for work, or maybe you've just always wanted to explore 3D modeling. Well, Google SketchUp was made for you, and here's what you need to get up to speed right away. Learn to make buildings and other objects, print your models, export them to other programs (including Google Earth), create 3D animations, and more!
Hit the ground running — set up SketchUp, learn about edges and faces, use inferences and guides, and build your first model
Develop a workflow — set up basic end-to-end workflow for creating and sharing models with your friends, clients, and co-workers
Beyond buildings — model non-boxy objects like terrain, simple characters, and household objects like furniture
Take a different view — spruce up your models with styles and shadows to add effects, make objects pop, and enhance realism
Create presentation documents — use LayOut in SketchUp Pro to add text, callouts, and images; draw with vector tools; and print models to scale
Open the book and find:
What SketchUp can and can't do
How to add style to your model
Tips for building different types of roofs
How to add stairs, furniture, and landscaping
Effects that add realism to your models
How to build models for Google Earth
Ways to solve common SketchUp problems
Ten plugins, extensions, and resources to consider
Aidan Chopra is the product evangelist for SketchUp at Google. He writes and edits SketchUpdate, a popular e-newsletter and blog that reaches hundreds of thousands of SketchUp users worldwide.
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