Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", May 22, 2009 - Computers - 602 pages
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If you want to learn to create 3-D models using Google SketchUp, this Missing Manual is the ideal place to start. Filled with step-by-step tutorials, this entertaining, reader-friendly guide will have you creating detailed 3-D objects, including building plans, furniture, landscaping plans -- even characters for computer games -- in no time.

Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual offers a hands-on tour of the program, with crystal-clear instructions for using every feature and lots of real-world examples to help you pick up the practical skills you need. Learn to use the basic tools, build and animate models, and place your objects in Google Earth. With this book, you will:

  • Learn your way around the SketchUp workspace, and explore the differences between working in 2-D and 3-D
  • Build simple 3-D shapes, save them as reusable components, and use SketchUp's Outliner to show or hide them as you work
  • Tackle a complicated model building with lots of detail, and discover timesaving tools for using many components
  • Animate the model by creating an interior walkthrough of your building
  • Dress up your model with realistic material shading and shadows, and place it in Google Earth

It's easy to get started. Just download the program from, and follow the instructions in this book. You'll become a SketchUp master in a jiffy.


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Your First SketchUp Model
Starting Off in Two Dimensions
Drawing in Three Dimensions
Drawing a Basic House
Working Smarter with Groups and Components
Changing Styles and Applying Materials
Organizing with Outliner and Layers
Adding Shadows and Placing Your Model in Google Earth
Saving Views and Animating with Scenes
Importing Exporting and Printing
Finding Creating and Sharing Components
Designing Edge Styles in Style Builder SketchUp Pro
Presenting Your Model with LayOut SketchUp Pro
Installing SketchUp and Getting Help
SketchUp Menu by Menu

Drawing a Hipped Roof and Using Follow Me
Advanced Techniques for Groups and Components
Matching Your Photos in SketchUp

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About the author (2009)

Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He's also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual and Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual.

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