The basics of SketchUp consist of a simple process which is repeated every time you create a working model. First you create your model using the various drawing and modifying tools. If you’ve bought the professional version of the software, you can import an Autocad DWG file to assist in this. But if you only have a the free version, that’s ok too – you can import a JPEG and trace over it. We show you how in our SketchUp courses.
Once you’re happy with your model, you would add realistic materials and textures. SketchUp ships with its own libraries of materials, which you can modify. Or you can create your own from scratch using maybe some photographs you’ve taken of textures, etc.
Next you would add lighting. SketchUp has the means to reproduce real-world lighting conditions in accordance with the latitude and longitude of your site, or you can import data from Google Earth. This is great for accurate shadow mapping of buildings. If you need interior lighting, you can download free plugins which simulate subtle, photo-realistic light effects.
You can also create section drawings easily, and there are several means of outputing your models using various styles. If you have the professional version of SketchUp you can create drawing layouts with elevations.
And finally, you can create animated fly through movies, to give your clients a realistic impression of the represented space.
For many examples of how SketchUp is used in various industries, have a look at the Trimble SketchUp website.
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