SketchUp is a project creation and tridimensional modelling tool that is extremely easy to use, quick and intuitive.
The ease of use of this program allows different professionals to use it for the initial stages of a space or object creation project; a sketch can be created so that the client can quickly visualize an idea, and by adding more information, it also allows to provide more detail to those spaces or objects, up to the execution stage of the project.
Apart from its functionality as a tool for modelling, for creating images and animations, all of which is available in the free version, with Sketchup Pro you can export and import models in compatible formats to and from other softwares, for exemple Autocad, 3D studio, etc. You can also create tridimensional models from photos, and build presentations of a project. Apart from all the functions available in this particular program, there are increasingly more applications that can interact with it, which increases its usefulness as a tool, namely for projects involving natural or artificial lighting, etc
Graphic interface and model creation
Introduction to SketchUp and notions of how it functions
How SkethUp’s interface is organized: menus, commands, keyboard shortcuts;
Commands for visualization control;
Commands for creating bidimensional forms;
Commands for creating tridimensional forms;
Commands for modifying forms;
Organization of the workfile
Organization in layers;
Creating and managing groups and components;
Visualizing the model
Applying visualization styles
Choosing colors and textures
Creation of new materials.
Creation of scenes
SketchupPro compared to other software
Creation of project documentation;
Communication with other software:
Exporting in 2D format;
Exporting in 3D format.
Final assessment exercise