SketchUp modeling

by Design Workshop Sydney

SketchUp modeling makes it easier than ever to create stunning 3D images and animations. You don’t need to buy expensive 3D modeling software such as 3DSMax and Cinema4D. SketchUp presents a free, user-friendly alternative. You can also post your models onto Google Earth for easy file sharing. In our SketchUp courses we introduce all the main features and functions of the program.
The latest 2014 version has also been integrated with Google Maps enabling you to geo-tag your model. You then receive a snapshot which includes 3D terrain data plus colour aerial imagery.
You can also upload your 3D models for free storage at Google’s 3D Web Warehouse.
SketchUp avoids using technical jargon and there are lots of useful tips and guides to ease the learning process. The program predicts where you want to draw and join objects which will save you lots of time fiddling around.
Options can be accessed in a variety of ways: by using the tools, the menu system or by keyboard shortcuts. You can also place extra palettes on the workspace to save wading through menus. Realistic materials and textures are added via the Materials palette, which contains over 100 different preset swatches, such as vegetation, metal and glass. And the Shadow Settings palette  allows you to apply realistic shadows using simple time sliders.
SketchUp provides a simple and easy approach to 3D graphic design and modeling and is ideal for beginners to CAD software. Recent changes include: improved support for larger models, photo textures and nearby models.
For more information, go to Trimble’s SketchUp website.
And for many examples of our clients’ work on our Facebook page.
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