Tips to create column in sketchup quickly

In this sketchup tutorial, you will learn some useful tips to create the model of a column by applying various sketchup plugins like Curviloft, JHS Power Bar, True Bend, Fredo Scale, Sketchy FFD.

The details of these plugins are given below :-

Curvilotft – This sketchup plugin is used to make surfaces from curves or contours by lofting & skinning.
Loft by attaches individual contours, open or closed, with smooth splines.
Loft along Path attaches contours, along a specified rail curve.
Skinning makes surfaces confined by 4 or 3 contiguous contours.
JHS Power Bar – This tool comprises of a series of powerful extensions from other developers, like TIG, Thom Thom, Rick Wilson, Christina Eneroth, and more.

Some of the useful functionalities of the tool set are given below :-

Softening and unsoftening hidden geometry.
Extrude a face whereas still keeping it upright.
Fll in faces on coplanar edges for a selected set of geometry.
Offset a single edge object in SketchUp.
Extrude an individual line into a 3D shape.
TrueBend – It is used to bend instances to a specified degree, without changing the original length of the reference segment. Presently the reference segment refers to the bottom front of the boundingbox.
Fredo Scale – This plugin allows you to orientate the selection box around a set of objects and internationally employs a number of geometric transformations, like Scaling, Tapering, Stretching, Plane Shear, Twisting, Bending and Rotation.
Sketchy FFD – This sketchup pluign is used to include a control cage to an object that facilitates the mesh to be maneuvered through control points.

To learn the complete process to make column in sketchup, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Tutorials Up

Tips to create column in sketchup quickly

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Budgetime 1.0 – The newest sketchup extension

Budgetime belongs to a low-tech BIM tool that facilitates the users to automatically, easily and perfectly measures times and costs of a construction project.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The design of your project will be enhanced with BIM LowTech since time spent on design and consultation with the Budgetime platform will be decreased significantly.

Given below, some exclusive characteristics of the plugin

Computation of times and costs of a construction project
Bills of Materials
Quantity of Materials

Get access to a collaborative database of price ratios.

Relationship among companies, project managers and building owners.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

To watch online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following link.

Video Source Budgetime

Budgetime 1.0 – The newest sketchup extension

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A position is vacant for Architectural Project Manager/Architectural Designer in USA

Chandler Pierce Architect, a New York City-based firm having more than 25 years of experience in the practice of architecture, is inviting applications for the position of Architectural Project Manager/Architectural Designer having 2-4 years of working experience in architecture or interior construction.

The prospective candidate has to mainly deal with an important client at the job site and working on projects that require high-end renovation and new construction. The suitable candidate should contain a sound aspiration to learn carefully and practical experience in different facets of architecture. The candidate should have the capability to draft quickly, assess to organize tasks, and offer an adjustable work style.


a. It is full time work. A standard office week is M-F and 40 hours.
b. Travel to and deal with showroom job sites in most important US cities.
c. Practical working knowledge to create designs and ideas materialize.
d. Start off and execute in various tasks like architectural design, project management, researching, and drafting in a quickly manner.
e. Organize construction documents, NYC permit sets, and give general support to team-members.
f. Be competent, organized, and detail oriented at the time of presenting strong design and drafting skills.
g. Ability to handle construction projects from preliminary design stage through to final execution without any support.
h. Confidently and efficiently collaborate with the construction team on job sites and provide solution to construction dilemmas when they occur.


1. Entitled to work in the United States.
2. An Undergraduate degree along with a Graduate degree in Architecture is preferable.
3. Strong communication (both verbal and written), listening, and follow up skills.
4. Fluent in written and spoken English.
5. Well versed with handling clients.
6. Knowledge of building materials and construction practices
7. Good knowledge in Vectorworks/AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp.
8. Mac savvy.
9. Friendly behaviour.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

It is mandatory to have knowledge in Revit, 3D modeling, drafting by hand or Adobe Suite. Added advantages will be given for the candidates who have good experience with Vectorworks.

BENEFITS: Competitive salary with health care benefits, IRA, vacation time, holiday pay and personal time off/paid sick leave.

Process for sending application: To apply, send email to with subject line “Architectural Project Manager”. Please include cover letter, resume, (2) references and work samples. In the (1) page cover letter, briefly answer the following:

a. What experiences do I have to offer Chandler Pierce Architect?
b. What do I hope to experience at Chandler Pierce Architect?
c. Where do I see myself in 5 years?

A position is vacant for Architectural Project Manager/Architectural Designer in USA

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Design a staircase instantly with s4u stair plugin

In this exclusive sketchup video tutorial, you will learn step-by-step process to design a staircase with the use of s4u stair plugin.

This plugin is developed by Huynh Duong Phuong Vi. It is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

With this plugin, it is possible to create stairs from faces. This plugin allows you to create different types of stairs like simple, slab, zigzag, steps, extrude, treads, slope, slope simple and slope solid.

To speed up the process, apply the following shortcuts :-

Ctrl (Alt on Mac) + Select Point > Set Heigth Stair
Ctrl (Alt on Mac) + Select Face > Set Landing
Tab > Reverse Direction Stair
Double Click on Screen ( or Right Click) > Set Parameter
Double Click on Face > Set Index,Landing.
Double Click on Face (1 Selected Face)> Change Start Edge

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

To watch online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following link.

Video Source Tutorials Up

Design a staircase instantly with s4u stair plugin

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Demonstration of extrusion tools sketchup plugin

This is another useful sketchup video tutorial presented by the renowned sketchup trainer Justin Geis. In this video tutorial, he shows how to apply TIG’s extrusion tools to generate faces from edges by extruding them along an arc. The plugin comprises of a set of useful tools.

These tools can be used for extruding on the basis of the edges, rails, and more. The plugin makes the process simple to extrude edges into meshes.

The purpose of this exclusive sketchup extension is to produce faces and objects in sketchup with extrusions.

One can download the plugin by clicking on the following link.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TheSketchUpEssentials

Demonstration of extrusion tools sketchup plugin

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Download Ambient Occlusion Style 1.0

Ambient Occlusion Style 1.0 is the newest paid sketchup plugin that is available in extension warehouse. This plugin is developed by Rafael Rivera.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This sketchup plugin can be applied to create fake ambient occlusion in SketchUp with various colors for concave and convex edges which are adjusted in the material editor. By default, the concave material is dark to create the edge look like a shadow and the convex edges are painted white to provide a highlight effect.

Once the tool is operated all the convex edges are concealed but another tool button is arranged to simply switch concealed geometry on and off so as to unhide the convex edges as per your requirement.

Besides, three pages are built with various edge widths in order that your favorite can be selected easily.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse with free trial version.

Go through the following video tutorial to learn the functionality of the plugin.

Video Source CompoGames

Download Ambient Occlusion Style 1.0

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“Quantities and Cost estimates with Quantifier Pro in SketchUp”

SketchUp’s Quantifier Pro is a brand new extension and amazing extension that is used to quantify and help to apply pricing to things within the SketchUp model.

Quantifier Pro: SketchUp 2016 or the newer version is suitable for Quantifier Pro and it is also compatible with both Mac and PC. This is the ultimate tool to get instant quantity and cost information from the SketchUp model. It has various features like:

  • Selecting the objects in the model will instantly show the total length, area, volume, weight and cost
  • After using the model all the reports are model-driven and automatically update while the model will change.
  • Fully Customizable Component Reports are found there which will show length, width, height, projected area, surface area, volume, weight, cost and many more things.
  • There are also detailed cost reports.
  • Instant Material Report will show the surface area of all materials in the model
  • Assign re-usable cost rules are shown by layer, material, object or to the whole model
  • Cost Inspector tool will show total cost calculation for the selected object to verify accuracy
  • In Windows, Microsoft Excel is used to share unified cost data across many SketchUp models
  • This extension also supports many languages and international currency
  • There are full control of units and accuracy shown in reports
  • If Profile Builder 3 is added with this extension, then it will be even more colorful.

This Plugin cost $79 alone and if it is bundled with Profile Builder 3 then it will cost 25% off of each extension

Functions of Quantifier Pro: This particular extension is designed to help in quantifying and price in different things within the SketchUp models; at first the users have to select different objects within the model and then apply cost data to them within quantifier. Within quantifier, users can select different objects and can be viewed within the quantifier dialog. It should be kept in mind that while using quantifier, users have to put the objects on the same material on their own layers; as an example if one is going to quantify a block wall then he/she will try to put all the block wall objects on a block wall layer. After this, this extension will allow the users to apply various cost properties to the objects on the layer. Moreover that, this extension can be used to apply costs to objects by other units within the model like length; and it also works with profiles that have not been created with Profile Builder or by the users themselves.

Users can also apply costs based on SketchUp materials also and this will calculate the cost based on materials that have been applied to front side faces only to avoid double counting back side materials. It is also possible to directly overrule the cost added with an object using the object opinion and while modeling an object that are punching a bunch of holes it; then it is better to model that as standard geometry rather than a profile builder assembly as they actually calculates using the bounds of an object. Finally besides all of these one can create reports within quantifier that can either viewed within SketchUp or can be exported to Excel, theoretically one an import cost data from an Excel spreadsheet also.

Justin Geis: Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and started using SketchUp while he was working as a general contractor in 2008 and after using it he found that SketchUp is extremely powerful that he just started to use it in his personal works also. Then he started The SketchUp Essentials as a place where he could share his ideas of using SketchUp easily through some tutorials and tips to help other users controlling the power of 3D Modeling in everyday lives.


Quantities and Cost estimates with Quantifier Pro in SketchUp

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“Multiple Profiles can be handled by Follow Me extension”

SketchUp Warehouse is full of various wonderful and useful extensions and tools that make the design thing a lot easier, Follow Me is the newest of them with some unique features.

Aaron Dietzen this time comes with his new useful creation of importing and exporting via SketchUp Shop which is the newest thing for SketchUp users. This article will describe the whole process according to Aaron and his video tutorial where the new tool Follow Me Tool is introduced and Aaron is in love with this tool as it can be used as a substitute of Push/Pull tool.

About Follow Me Tool: The SketchUp Follow Me tool is the Pied Piper of 3D geometry as it leads a face with a path to build a 3D shape. Though this is the only thing this tool does but it has a pack of applications and enables the users for drawing difficult 3D models with only a few clicks. The Follow Me tool can find in many places in SketchUp like Tools menu, Edit toolbar, Large Tool Set toolbar and Tool palette (macOS).

Aaron has been using as a replica of Push/Pull tool and also as a modification tool; in his words though Push/Pull tool is great but while he wants to seep a molding profile around a room or round-off the corner of a table he can easily does with this tool. But there are lots of places when he finds difficulty to use this tool such as while working with a bunch of shapes and have them all follow the same path. Follow Me tool will do the work but with an unwilling way where lots of selecting, path picking, then Follow Me tool, and then again picking the profile etc. which will continue to the next shape again. So it is a time taking matter for everyone and Aaron tried to solve this problem with using some idea and through his video tutorial he has presented the whole matter well. This article is a little description of his taken steps and here is also the tutorial link for further help; so let’s begin:

Aaron has created a wonderful model where he has used a lot of shapes of different sizes and he has made all those shapes and sizes to follow a single path in one click. At first he has selected the path and then click on Follow Me icon; after clicking the exact work the tool does as it name replicates it created a whole Follow Me path on the selected areas. Again he did the same thing; selected the path and clicked the Follow Me tool to create another path from the shape and it will continue till the last shape gets completed under Follow Me path. Actually the shapes like circle or rectangular are made at the end of the Railing bar to make them able in using the Follow Me tool; he has created some little shapes there and he drew a rectangle over the first shape and then copy it through all the shapes that created another thing. He just used the Follow Me tool and clicked on the rectangular shape to make it a covered area. Next he took the top of the shape and deleted couple lines which created a followed path with detailed design. The same thing he has done with his next shape; like working with the stairs, he created inside and outside to make a voy, then copied the ‘N’ shape on the other side and repeated the whole process again.

Multiple Profiles can be handled by Follow Me extension
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EYECAD VR – The real-time rendering engine for Sketchup & Revit users

eyecad VR is the new real-time rendering engine that is compatible with an extensive range of software suite like Revit, ARCHICAD, Rhino, Cinema 4D, ALLPLAN, SketchUp Pro, Maya, Max, Blender, Mudbox, ACCA Edificius, and 3CAD Evolution.

It facilitates AEC professionals like architects to delve into and examine their designs with some exclusive features like dynamic environments, interactive lights, moving objects, the importing of HDRI images of the real world from project sites, and the inspection of materials and library objects. As soon as an environment is set, one click renders up to 4k resolution are created with a single mouse click and interactive exploration of the environment occurs with output to different VR options.

Eyecad VR Start

The basic version is known as Start and it has the capability to import your model, apply VR interactions, and function with objects and materials and the material editor itself. It is also possible to distribute your work with your clients to mobile and desktop.

Eyecad VR Advanced

The Advanced version includes lighting sources, the environment editor, photo-realistic rendering, and ultra quality options. There are more than 400 PBR (physically based render) materials accessible in eyecad VR. eyecad VR Pro

The Pro version comprises of the Landscape toolset that can be used to produce amazing landscapes. Besides, there are Videomaker and Worldmap features. By applying the robust terrain editor, make realistic natural environments along with water like as in rivers, ponds, lakes as well as with animated vegetation, hills and mountains and more.

The DEM (Digital Elevation Map) support in Pro facilitates the user to arrange their project in the real world. The WorldMap function sets in actual map-based context data and the height of all buildings can be easily decided. This tool is based on GIS technology. With the real world visible the user can then arrange their building into this environment. The Pro version offers some ground-breaking technology to create stunning video animations and several water simulations for renders.

Virtual Reality Apps for Mobile

There are also both Apple iOS and Google Android mobile apps called eyecad VR. These free apps can be utilized for viewing projects in virtual reality and in Cardboard.

To download the software, click on the following link

EYECAD VR – The real-time rendering engine for Sketchup & Revit users

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“Hiding things in a Model”

SketchUp Tools are making things easier and by its constant upgradation, it is solving many problems such as Hiding things in a model while editing single geometry.

While working with a model, users or designers often places geometry into groups or components as it helps in two ways; one is that this geometry makes the model more functional and secondly it becomes easier to guide. But often placing geometry can make things difficult to edit and there the user faces problem though there are ways too like: 1) the users could move the group out of the model or off to the side and then may get it back exactly where it was once edited. 2) The users could make a copy of a component, paste it off to the side and then edit it; this will help to assume the changes in the original component while making. 3) One could simply delete the remainder of the model, and then can make other changes by selecting group and redrawing everything again.

These above options are little difficult and time consuming processes, they could be hard to adopt for users to do in a model, so Aaron has found a way to manage this thing in his new video tutorial which will describe the way of controlling the visibility of containers. This process has made the process easier to see the working while editing groups and components.

Hiding rest of model: Groups or components are very essential in every model but while adding geometry here it become little difficult when the geometry is needed to edit that’s why Aaron finds a way to edit by hiding the rest of model while editing geometry. If anyone follows the video properly he or she will see a model existed there which is grouped and the inner geometry has to edit within the group; so for this he double clicked on the group which is need to edit. Now while clicking inside the model a little box will be created like a shell that will disconnect the edit object from the rest of model. Then at first he clicked on the window and chose the option ‘Model Info’, from there he went to components tab and clicked on it; it opened a pop-up where some sliders can be seen and by moving the sliders it will seen about the faded color of the rest of the model in similar of the selected component or group.

Beside the sliders option, there is another check-box called ‘Hide’ and checking it the rest of the model will hide leaving the selected group. In that components dialog box, one can also separately control the fading capacity of the rest of the model; now for editing same process need to do: first double click on the component and then chose view menu. In the drop down of view menu, there is an option called component edit having two options: hide rest of model components and hide similar components. The first option hides the rest of model without the clicked area and the selected parts can be changed or edited easily; moreover that this Hide option can be made hotkey under the Windows menu for future easy use.


Hiding things in a Model

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