SketchUp’s 10 Best Tools for Drawing

In this SketchUp article briefly describe top 10 drawing tools you can use to discover how to visualize and manipulate 3D shapes and edges.

1. RoundCorner

A 2D profile can be rounded along 3D edges and corners using Round Corner.

It has 3 modes, there are: Round corners, Sharp corner, Bevel

This plug-in lets you fillet and bevel 3D shapes. Moreover, Round Corner renders concave corners as round, as well as non-orthogonal edge faces. There can be 2, 3, or more edges on corners.

For more information, visit: sketchucation.com

2. Bezier Surface of Revolution

You can create Bezier surfaces by using Bezier curves, arcs, circles, and lines.

Various surfaces of revolution such as spheres, hemispheres, domes, cones can be created and edited using the context menu items of the Right Mouse Button and Draw and Edit menus.

The Bezier Surface of Revolution tool is accessible from the Right Mouse Button Context and Draw menus once a Bezier curve is selected as a profile curve on the XZ/Red Blue/Front/Backplane.

You can edit a newly drawn surface in the editing tool once the surface has been created.

You may edit the surface as necessary by moving the control points or lines or changing the “weights” of the control points.

Edit Rational Bezier Surfaces is also available by right-clicking within the context menu or Edit > Group.

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Seven Tips for Perfect and Realistic Renderings with Enscape

The creative processes and digital representation of architecture have always fascinated you as an architect and 3D artist. Your digital toolkit lacked a renderer that could keep up with your thinking speed, namely a real-time renderer. Enscape can help you meet that need. Now, you can create amazing images simultaneously to show the results of your design project as well as visualize them while you design it.

Visual references

Visual reference is crucial at any point in the creative process. Whether it is to learn from existing buildings or adopt trends or artistic movements for inspiration. Studying architectural photographers and analyzing their frame of mind, composition, lighting, and color choices will help you create realistic renderings.

Modeling

Modeling plays a crucial role. The quality of your model will decide your result regardless of how cool your rendering configuration is. It is preferable to think macro-to-micro when organizing this topic.

You start with global organizations like layers, components, blocks, and large elements, then go deeper into smaller details. You’ll stay organized and safe from crashes if you work with this careful mindset, even if you create entire 3D cities.

Blocks

The choice of blocks you use is also crucial to capturing great images. The importance of geometry, texturing, and optimization cannot be overstated. A high-quality, detailed model can be weighed down by heavy blocks.

You should therefore be familiar with proxies for this reason. Using Enscape for SketchUp, you can import proxies that have already been edited.

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Convert a Floor Plan to 3D with SketchUp

In this sketchup tutorial, we will show you exactly how to take a floor plan sketch and turn it into a 3D model in Sketchup.

How to import File?

The image can be downloaded or you can use your drawing. Simply choose the image you wish to use and click on ‘file’ > ‘import’. You must select ‘image’ in the ‘use image as’ options. Then click the ‘import’ button.

How to Scale Image?

The image can be scaled based on the measurement you know when using one of your images. Otherwise, we can assume that the doors are 36 inches wide. Select the tape measure tool on one side of the wall and click from one side to the other. Once you have typed 36″, press ‘enter’.

How to lock your Image?

If you don’t want the image to move, you will have to lock it. You can select an image by double-clicking it, followed by right-clicking to make a group. Select lock by right-clicking again.

Modeling a floor plan into a 3D Model

The Floor Drawing

You can trace the floor with the line tool starting at the reference point. If you have precise measurements, type those in for each line. If you are drawing something without measurements, use the line tool to draw a line, and if possible round to the nearest inch or foot. You can close off the last corner by holding shift on the axis and clicking on your reference point.

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SketchUp for 3D House Modeling

Modeling a 3D house in SketchUp will be presented to students. As each modeling program has its unique interface, 3D modeling is a talent that requires continuous learning. With SketchUp, you can create 3D models, architectural renderings, and more.

Building a house for students can be used for game assets, renovations, physical building designs, and much more. Despite being a 3D building application, SketchUp has many uses.

Activity

There are two types of activity. There are: Non Computer Activity, Computer Activity.

Non Computer Activity

1. Let’s first draw a house using pencil and paper before we work on the computer. When we design on a computer, we will use this as a guide. Using a reference when building a 3D model is very helpful for keeping things in perspective.

2. We use it to model what we are going to do. We will use it as our blueprint for what should be in the final product, though the image is flat and two-dimensional with few details.

3. You do not have to make your model look exactly like your drawing, but having a guide makes it easier to remember what to create, and helps you stay on track.

Computer Activity

Student will create 3D model with their 2D diagrams.

1. First, Students will explore the interface of SketchUp. A blank world and a menu window are available. Stacy appears in the world. Erase Stacy by clicking the right mouse button. Users often keep Stacy in their models to show how big their model looks next to a human. When you click on Instructor in the Window menu, a helpful window appears.

It provides information about the tool that you are using, in addition to animation. SketchUp beginners might find this helpful. Scaling your model is easy with SketchUp, and SketchUp can measure dimensions on your behalf. A traditional Files and Help toolbars appear in the upper left corner.

2. Students will most likely use the default toolbar, Getting Started. Several editors and builders can be found in the Default Tray on the right-hand side. The Material dropdown will be the only option for this module. As well as the X-axis, Blue, Red, and Green axis represent the Y-axis, X-axis, and Z-axis. Use the circled arrows on your toolbar and the hand tool to move around. If you don’t see the circles, click on the circled arrows on your toolbar and use the hand tool.

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Top 10 SketchUp Plugin for Scheduling

1. BoxUp XYZ

The BoxUp extension for SketchUp Dynamic Components now adds Dynamic Materials, Costing, and Lists, as well as 14 new dynamic functions. In addition to working with modular systems based on sheets/profiles, this feature is useful for kitchens, office furniture, shelving, wardrobes, aluminum profile systems, etc.

You can use any sheet-based material, including MDF, plywood, glass, and acrylic. Using linear materials such as aluminum profiles, edge bands, and gaskets will help achieve better results.

You can make your collections of components or you can create collections for clients. Among the dynamic components provided by BoxUp for kitchen design are a wide range of dynamic components. Utilize it as a reference, the basis for building your own, or anything in between.

For more information, visit: boxup.xyz

2. mc_Compo-ID

Definition texts of compos can be placed at insertion points on top. It shows only its outline, an independent tag & 3D text. Select the compo by right-clicking.

Text’s height should be smaller than the component’s width.

For more information, visit: formation-sketchup-quebec.com

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Top Rendering Plugins for SketchUp

The topic of SketchUp rendering plug-ins is one of the most frequently discussed in the digital modeling world. As SketchUp’s intuitive and open design makes it easy to develop plug-ins, several plug-ins have been created to help improve the software.

The rendering plug-ins are one of the reasons why architects and interior designers use SketchUp so often. These may aid in creating photorealistic images, provide a larger library of materials, or even utilize tools that aren’t found in the basic SketchUp.

Thea

SketchUp’s Thea rendering plug-in is known for its material effects and material design features.

The renderer provides fog and cloud preset that can be used to run an interactive rendering through Interactive Region Rendering. With this option, designers can select and render a desired part of the design, and SketchUp will respond automatically.

For more information, visit: thearender.com

Twilight Render

Even though Twilight Render offers a library of materials, not all textures are included. Twilight Render is a great tool to learn about materials if you are getting used to SketchUp and learning to render photorealistic models.

You can use Twilight Rendering plug-ins inside SketchUp to work on your renders. No geometry is distorted or textures are lost in this process. As an example of Twilight Render’s beginner-friendliness, they have a rendering mode called Easy.

For more information, visit: twilightrender.com

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Top 10 Rendering Plugins for SketchUp 2021

1. Curic Align View

Curic Align View is one type of rendering extensions where the user can view; lock the camera, and much more.

User can position their camera view from standard to face or edge with the feature of camera lock.

To learn more, watch the following video tutorial.

For more information, visit: curic4su.com

2. CLF Camera Recorder

This extension records the model navigating. You can rotate each frame into a scene. If you can create an image collage from a movie from within SketchUp, then exports it out as a series to a capable video editor.

How to install CLF Camera Recorder?

Plugins > Chris Fullmer Tools > Camera Recorder

You can start recording and navigate the model. Then stop and delete the recording if you want to or you can export the animation into scenes or an existing folder. It supports different image types like jpg and png file types.

For more information, visit: extensions.sketchup.com

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Top Six Landscape Architecture Plugins in SketchUp Extension Warehouse

1. MODELUR for Urban Design

MODELUR is a parametric urban design tool impeccably integrated into SketchUp. It helps user quickly create and test different urban design alternatives with the real-time calculation of key urban parameters like FAR, number of apartments, required parking spaces, etc. It also gives Interactive 3D Zoning that includes warnings when the design is not in line with zoning regulations (Buildings are too high or if they place too close together, etc.), GIS data import/export, Live Sync with Excel, and much more.

BENEFITS:

a) Boost your productivity design 3 to 5 times faster
b) Make well knowledgeable decisions
c) Increase confidence in your design
d) Work directly inside zoning policy
e) Quickly iterate and evaluate design alternatives
f) Focus on the design conclusion

FEATURES:

a) flawless integration with SketchUp ,making it as simple as intuitive to use
b) Parametric Buildings, City Blocks and Land Uses – Interactive 3D Zoning
c) Live Sync to Excel only for Windows
d) Real-time calculation of key urban performance indicators (FAR, apartments, parking spaces, etc.)
e) Real-time zoning compliance check (FAR is exceeded or buildings are too close together, etc.)
f) One-click Import of OSM 3D buildings and 2D footprints – GIS (SHP or Geo JSON) import and export.

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Concept of Building Home Office using SketchUp with help of top Architect

SketchUp competition gives all top Architects to design their dream home office in SketchUp. Work from home now becomes new norm in this pandemic. That has influenced Architect to showcase those creative and technical skills. Sadly, SketchUp has to pick one winner out of all those beautiful design.

It’s a huge congratulation to Pedro Sousa, an architecture student at Anglia Ruskin University. SketchUp swag, a 3D-Connexion Space Mouse Wireless, £250 Voucher Express vouchers, plus unlimited bragging rights give to the worthy winner.

SketchUp wanted to showcase as much of his talent as possible as SketchUp also selected some other fantastic entries SketchUp enjoyed and have included the corresponding designer’s descriptions.

Pedro Sousa

My Kitchen Design Office is at the south facing garden end , stone building with a sedum roof, roof lantern, and full-width oak sliding doors for an inside/outside living feel.

The continuous stone walls connect the indoor and outdoor spaces together. Although the style is fashionable, the natural materials of oak, stone, and granite give a relaxing feel. Planting in the exterior walls gives a soothing view with protection from the wind when I am sitting in the sunshine on my breaks. The flooring materials run through the two spaces of the inside which has a bespoke brass inlay within the dark granite border.

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The Top Six Import and Export Plug-in for Construction in SketchUp Extension Warehouse

1. LIPID OBJ Exporter for SketchUp

The LIPID OBJ Exporter SketchUp plug-in enables Sketch Up users to export an OBJ file complete of geometry, texture images, mapping coordinates, colors, and the hierarchy scenes.

The plug-in works under Windows only, No Mac OSX version is currently planned; it was tested with SketchUp 2014 and released with no known issue. Please remember that the OBJ format does not support instancing multiple copies of the same object (components). If you are using Components, keep in mind that the output OBJ file size will impact.

Save the SketchUp model before exporting it to the extension won’t work. Ignore back face? It is impossible to assign different front and back materials to the same surface in the OBJ specification. SketchUp face has various materials. The face export twice, then the back face is shifted in its normal’s direction to avoid face superposition. If this method causes negligible changes to your model.

For more information, visit: lipid.epfl.ch

2. Cities Skylines Tools

Tools to export Cities Skylines assets and create a Grid Export tool for SketchUp Pro to export FBX assets for Cities Skylines. The SketchUp exporter inserts an extra node in the exported FBX. That makes the game no import the geometry.

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