Create beautiful custom materials and leverage powerful extensions for efficient modeling

Key Features

  • Understand how to get the most out of SketchUp's powerful native tools with key images printed in color
  • Customize and transform your workspace for efficient 3D modeling
  • Go beyond SketchUp's capabilities with extensions and free online resources

Book Description

Anyone who's worked with it will know that SketchUp is the quickest and easiest way to create 3D models. While its approachable interface makes it super easy to learn, this book will show you how the extremely capable SketchUp software can take you far beyond what you may have initially thought possible. Get ready to level up from a basic user to becoming a SketchUp ninja!

Each chapter will take you through the capabilities of SketchUp, challenging you to use tools in innovative ways. This includes organizing your model, modifying native commands, customizing your interface, utilizing inferencing, and much more. Additionally, you'll learn about the extensions that can be added to SketchUp to supplement the tools you have been using, allowing you to make your 3D modeling process quicker, easier, and more powerful.

By the end of this SketchUp book, you'll have an enhanced understanding of how to use the impressive range of tools and be on your way to customizing SketchUp for your one-of-a-kind workflow.

What you will learn

  • Recap the basics of navigation and SketchUp's native modeling tools
  • Modify commands, toolbars, and shortcuts to improve your modeling efficiency
  • Use default templates, as well as create custom templates
  • Organize your models with groups, components, tags, and scenes
  • Analyze your own modeling workflow and understand how to improve it
  • Discover extensions and online repositories that unlock the advanced capabilities of SketchUp
  • Leverage your existing SketchUp Pro subscription for even better results

Who this book is for

This book is for designers, architects, and professional modelers who have used SketchUp before, perhaps self-taught, or have completed software training but find themselves needing more than just the basics from SketchUp. The book assumes that you have spent some time in SketchUp and have basic modeling experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Taking SketchUp Pro to the Next Level
  2. Contributors
  3. About the author
  4. About the reviewer
  5. Preface
  6. Part 1: Getting More Out of Native Tools
  7. Chapter 1: Reviewing the Basics
  8. Chapter 2: Organizing Your 3D Model
  9. Chapter 3: Modifying Native Commands
  10. Chapter 4: Taking Inferencing to the Next Level
  11. Chapter 5: Creating Beautiful Custom Materials
  12. Part 2: Customizing SketchUp and Making It Your Own
  13. Chapter 6: Knowing What You Need Out of SketchUp
  14. Chapter 7: Creating Custom Shortcuts
  15. Chapter 8: Customizing Your User Interface
  16. Chapter 9: Taking Advantage of Templates
  17. Chapter 10: Hardware to Make You a More Efficient Modeler
  18. Part 3: Extending SketchUp’s Capabilities for Modeling
  19. Chapter 11: What Are Extensions?
  20. Chapter 12: Using 3D Warehouse and Extension Warehouse
  21. Chapter 13: Must-Have Extensions for Any Workflow
  22. Chapter 14: Introduction to LayOut
  23. Chapter 15: Leveraging the SketchUp Ecosystem
  24. Index
  25. Other Books You May Enjoy