# Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes

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## Description

• Dimensions: 5-3/8" x 8-1/4"
• Pages: 240
• Edition: 1st
• Book
• ISBN-10: 0-672-33547-6
• ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33547-1

Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp™ 8 in 10 Minutes

Steven Holzner

Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons you’ll learn all you need to use Google’s free SketchUp 8 to create pro-quality 3D models of practically anything!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

• Quickly get up and running with SketchUp 8
• Draw basic figures with the Rectangle, Circle, Polygon, and Arc tools
• Create freehand drawings of any shape
• Incorporate text into your models–even 3D text
• Convert 2D models to 3D using Push/Pull, Move, Rotate, and other tools
• Control your view of 3D objects with Orbit, Pan, and Zoom
• Accurately measure lengths and angles
• Create construction guides with Tape Measure, Dimensioning, and the Protractor
• Organize your models into components and groups
• Paint SketchUp objects in realistic colors
• Use the innovative Follow-Me tool to quickly create complex 3D models
• Instantly repeat edges and surfaces at offsets from the original
• Draw cross-sections through any surface

Category:  Graphics & Design

Covers: Google SketchUp 8 Free Edition

User Level:  Beginning

## Sample Content

### Sample Pages

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Welcome to SketchUp

Getting Started with SketchUp ..................................................5

Drawing Lines..........................................................................7

Drawing Simple Figures ............................................................7

Pushing (or Pulling) for 3D ........................................................9

Panning and Orbiting ..............................................................10

Rotating and Moving ..............................................................15

Painting ................................................................................17

Using the Component Libraries ..............................................18

Zooming................................................................................19

Creating Guides and Dimension Indicators ..............................22

Lots of Cool Stuff Coming Up ................................................23

Chapter 2 Up and Running with SketchUp

What SketchUp Is All About ....................................................29

Getting and Installing SketchUp ..............................................30

Starting SketchUp..................................................................33

Understanding the Parts of SketchUp......................................36

Using the Orbit Tool ..............................................................37

Using the Pan Tool ................................................................39

Using the Zoom Tool ..............................................................40

Selecting a Work Template ....................................................42

Understanding SketchUp Axes ................................................44

Understanding Edges and Surfaces ........................................45

Drawing Edges ......................................................................48

Inferring Edges ......................................................................50

Chapter 3 Drawing Shapes: Lines, Rectangles, Polygons, and Circles

Getting Started ......................................................................55

Drawing Lines........................................................................56

Drawing Multiline Shapes ......................................................57

Drawing Measured Lines ........................................................59

Drawing Rectangles................................................................60

Drawing Circles......................................................................62

Drawing Polygons ..................................................................65

Setting the Number of Sides of Circles or Polygons..................67

Orienting Shapes ..................................................................69

Chapter 4 Drawing Shapes: Arcs, Freehand, Text, and 3D Text

Arcs, Freehand, and Text ........................................................73

Drawing Arcs ........................................................................73

Drawing Measured Arcs..........................................................75

Drawing Arcs Tangent to Corners ............................................76

Drawing Multiple Tangent Arcs ................................................79

Setting the Number of Arc Segments ......................................80

Drawing Freehand ..................................................................82

Drawing Surfaces Freehand ....................................................83

Drawing Text ..........................................................................84

Annotating Objects with Text ..................................................86

Setting Text Properties ..........................................................88

Drawing 3D Text ....................................................................91

Chapter 5 Going 3D

Getting Started ......................................................................95

Pulling Objects into 3D ..........................................................96

Pushing Objects into 3D ........................................................98

Using Measured Push/Pull ..................................................100

Inferring Push/Pull ..............................................................101

Cutting Openings ................................................................103

Erasing Edges with the Eraser Tool........................................106

Selecting Edges and Surfaces with the Select Tool ................109

Copying Objects ..................................................................110

Moving Edges and Surfaces with the Move Tool ....................112

Drawing 3D by Subtracting Elements ....................................115

Chapter 6 Creating Components and Groups

Getting Started....................................................................119

Using Sticky Geometry ........................................................120

Creating a Group ................................................................121

Creating Components ..........................................................125

Editing Components ............................................................127

Understanding the Difference Between

Groups and Components......................................................129

Exploding a Component........................................................132

Managing Components ........................................................133

Using the Component Sampler ............................................135

Using the 3D Warehouse......................................................136

Painting ..............................................................................141

Using the Paint Tool ............................................................143

Selecting Materials ..............................................................145

Drawing in Solid Color ..........................................................148

Painting Multiple Surfaces at Once........................................149

Examining All Materials in Your Model ..................................151

Creating Materials ..............................................................152

Editing Materials..................................................................154

Replacing All of a Material in a Drawing ................................156

Sampling Existing Materials..................................................157

Undoing Changes and Canceling Operations ..........................160

Chapter 8 Using the Rotate, Scale, and Follow-Me Tools

Using Some New Tools ........................................................161

Rotating Objects ..................................................................161

Rotating Parts of Objects......................................................164

Locking the Rotate Tool’s Orientation ....................................168

Scaling 2D Objects ..............................................................171

Scaling 3D Objects ..............................................................172

Tapering Objects in 3D ........................................................175

Scaling from the Center of Objects........................................177

Setting Exact Scale ..............................................................178

Using the Follow-Me Tool ......................................................179

Chapter 9 X-Raying Objects, Creating Guides and Offsets

Getting Started....................................................................183

X-Raying Objects ..................................................................184

Offsetting Edges with the Offset Tool ....................................186

Selecting Edges to Offset ....................................................189

Creating Exact Offsets..........................................................192

Repeating Offsets on Other Surfaces ....................................194

Measuring Distances with the Tape Measure ........................195

Creating Guides with the Tape Measure Tool..........................198

Drawing Guides at Specific Offsets ......................................200

Deleting Guides ..................................................................204

Chapter 10 Dimensioning, Drawing Angles, and Getting Cross Sections of Models

Dimensioning Distances ......................................................206

Dimensioning Arcs ..............................................................208

Freezing Dimensions ............................................................209

Configuring Dimensioning Labels ..........................................211

Measuring Angles ................................................................214

Creating Guides at Specific Angles........................................217

Creating Cutaway Views of Your Model ..................................220

Reversing the Direction of a Section Cut ..............................222

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