How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, you will learn how to use v-ray proxies in skethup models to produce superior quality renderings with high polygon models.

Rendering in sketchup becomes complicated since sketchup can’t deal with high polygon models. So, if there are more faces and geometries in the model, the modeling process become slower since sketchup does not handle all the geometries efficiently.

With high polygon, high detail model inside your sketchup model, it becomes difficult to produce realistic rendering. But v-ray contains a tool known as proxies that facilitates to export the objects out of your model and substitute them with a low polygon preview model.

When rendering starts, v-ray will reference those files called meshes externally devoid of showing them in your model.

To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source The Rendering Essentials

How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies

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Highlights of three SketchUp Projects

Jeff Branch: Jeff Branch is a hobbyist woodworker, carpenter and blogger, who have been working as full-time in the flooring industry to build furniture for about 30 years in his home based workshop, Pelham, Alabama at USA. He has done his graduation from the University of Alabama with a BA in Communication; he has worked in the flooring industry holding both the positions of sales and sales management.

After that he has changed his job and recently working as a manufacturer’s representative selling residential and commercial flooring products to retail flooring stores and commercial sub-contractors in central Alabama.

He has started woodworking at the classes of his university and complete many projects on a commission basis; he has made fourteen woodworking plans till now where he uses SketchUp for illustrating and modeling his works. He prefers to work with SketchUp Make and Pro and has created many SketchUp models also.

Everyone is aware about Jeff’s awesome models in SketchUp which he used to make before doing any kind of Woodwork design but according to him all of his works are of same pattern so there is not a new thing for him. but he always has desires to do something new in SketchUp and whenever he gets a chance to do an out of track work he gives his full attention and on some occasions he also does free SketchUp work which can define his skills in a new way.

In this article we are going to discuss about three new completed SketchUp projects which Jeff has finished recently and he has shared his experience working in a new way.

• The AWG Workstation: Recently the Guild has told Jeff to create a SketchUp model for a new workstation which should be a combination of downdraft sanding station, router table and miter saw stand. After creating a simple model in SketchUp, Jeff found an error and used a new method to find it; at first he has created the cutlist for the workstation where a component was showing in the wrong dimension which he could not find in the SketchUp model.

There is a rarely used tool in SketchUp called the “Outliner” found in the following path Window > Default Tray > Outliner; it shows a list of the components in a model. By clicking a component from the list the component will be highlighted in the model and Outliner helped him to find out this mystery component and fixed the model. So basically in this project, Jeff created the SketchUp model based on a design by member Patrick Bush and then made basic images and a cutlist to show the measure of the material in the project.

• The Curio Cabinet: The Jackson Dresser woodworking plan was started off from an email request made by a reader for a particular curio cabinet and as it was a long process, he just made only one. Though he has made a SketchUp model for the reader and arranged scenes showing the method of making it. While making the broad curve of the legs, Jeff was facing some problems in the radius of the curve changes along its length so he tried a new tool named Match Photo from the Camera drop down menu. This tool imported the curio cabinet photo and then aligns each axis to the photo; next he traced over the photo with the line tool and Bezier curve extension to make a duplicate leg.

• Arts and Crafts Side Table: At first he took a standard quarter-sawn white oak and piled the color in Photoshop with two standard filters and warmed up the color a little bit. It gave the model a shiny look and made it a little different from the picture.

Article Source jeffbranchww.com

Highlights of three SketchUp Projects

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Eneroth Relative Camera – The newest plugin in extension warehouse

A new plugin known as Eneroth Relative Camera is added to the extension warehouse. This plugin is developed by the renowned plugin developer Eneroth3.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The plugin is used to remember the position of the camera with regard to a group or component and recall it subsequently relating to a group or component.

It can be applied to arrange various corresponding views associated with different buildings, floors, apartments or cars. Just ensure they contain corresponding axes placement.

The plugin is also applied to shift the camera in conjunction with an object to maintain the view of it when it has been shifted to the model. Initially, remember the camera, then shift the object and then recall the camera.

If it is required to shift different views, e.g. scenes, one will be able to copy the object rather than moving it, and then remember the views, one at a time, with regard to the old object and then recall it relative the new object.

Activate the plugin from Context Menu > Eneroth Relative Camera.

Go through the following sketchup video tutorial to learn how does it function.

Eneroth Relative Camera – The newest plugin in extension warehouse

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Some information about SketchUp’s new updates

Trimble has already released the newest version of SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro 2018 with some updates to give a free access to 3D modeling for everyone.

About SketchUp

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth.

As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

Trimble has recently updated SketchUp with some new features which are also very easy for the beginners as Trimble has focused this time on some important workflows in this new version. Users can easily feel many big improvements to mange section planes, extorting model data into collected reports for takeoffs and making even better drawings from the SketchUp models. Besides that, Trimble has brought their new web modeler out of beta and introduced SketchUp Free for everyone.

updates about SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Free

SketchUp Free is fast, stable and capable; Trimble has taken the motto to give access of free 3D modeling in the world for everyone and SketchUp Free is made to be used by lots of people everywhere. This new technology composes the middle of SketchUp into a web browser and is behind SketchUp for Schools which is one of the most famous apps in G Suite for Education; that’s why the new web applications can divide the DNA of the desktop modeler to provide better performance and stability of SketchUp for everyone and everywhere. In today’s 3D world of design, most of the designers and architects are familiar in using SketchUp’s desktop softwares such as SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Make; as a help they had also released a support update for SketchUp make which may be the last update for Trimble’s free desktop version.

According to the developers, SketchUp Free is the simplest, consistent 3D modeling till date that will help the user to access, learn and share the models with others easily. On the other side SketchUp Pro has developed to measure more ideas, make nice drawings and better buildings so that users can become more expert in their 3D designs to deliver some better things to the world.

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Some useful sketchup tips to improve your modelling skill with sketchup

Given below, some handy tips for sketchup users to improve their modeling skills significantly.

01. Apply the 3D Warehouse gallery: examine and cleanse models prior to importing them.

There is a universe of downloadable 3D models made by other users that can fast-track the construction of your own models. To avoid adding additional information such as lines, layers, and materials, which will only increase file sizes, purge the model’s components before saving them.

02. Place the model properly in space.

Geo-referencing a project facilitates you to consider it with regards to location, an intuitive quality for any successful architectural scheme. It is required to place a 3D model, avail it from the window> model information> geolocation> add location / define location customarily.

It is also very important to consider the time zone of each location.

03. Employ plugins and explore the new things in Extension Warehouse.

SketchUp users create different types of plugins which provide solution to the problems in each version as well as utilize the capability of accessible tools, and integrate new 3D modeling equipment.

Extensions are available from Solar North, which offer tools to fix the orientation for the angle of sunlight and shadows, to Sketchy FFD, a mesh operated with a series of control points in its vertices and edges to manipulate the dimensions of the chosen object.

04. Arrange and save your toolbar settings.

It is very crucial to customize the work surroundings as per your requirements and preferences. Make sure that your ideal settings are saved for future application, just manage sufficient time to arrange a toolbar. It will be possible to accomplish tasks in organized way and invest more time in concepts, design, and detailing.

05. Utilize groups and components to streamline editing and developing a model.

The most powerful feature of sketchup is to arrange models into groups of objects, lines or figures. The process is very quick and easy (secondary button> create group) and facilitate you to modify a specific section of your model (by double-clicking on it), keeping the other figures near the object unchanged. It is suggested to double-click on the newly generated surface, thus choose both faces and edges, and make a group prior to utilize the push / pull tool or any other modification.

To get more useful sketchup tips, go through the following link archdaily.com

Some useful sketchup tips to improve your modelling skill with sketchup

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Artisan Organic Toolset now supports sketchup 2018

Artisan Organic Toolset is the most recognized sketchup extension that now supports sketchup 2018. This sketchup plugin is available in different languages like Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish.

Artisan comprises of robust subdivision, sculpting and soft selection tools which can be used for making the followings :-

• Terrain and landscapes
• Furniture
• Characters
• Abstract sculptures and decorative objects
• Fabric, curtains, and pillows
• Rocks, Trees, and Plants

The extension offers the following exclusive features :- Subdivision Surfaces

• Powerful subdivision algorithm to deal with all types of complicated geometries
• Subdivide and smooth selected faces, groups, or components
• Crease edges or vertices to form hard edges
• Knife subdivide tool for producing loops
• Extrude tool to generate loops devoid of interior faces
• Low-poly ‘Proxy Mode’ that automates the process for updating the subsurface geometry as you edit

New Subdivision Features in Artisan
• Accomplish subdivision or smoothing on any selection of faces
• Auto-subdivision of selection boundary faces that leads to cleaner meshes after subdividing
• Instantly preview subsurface geometry before committing
• Proper interpolation of UVs for subdivided geometry
• Quicker subdivision and superior topology

Brush Tools
• Sculpt Brush (sculpt, pinch/spread, flatten, inflate/deflate, smooth/jitter)
• Choose Brush (select faces by performing strokes)
• Paint Brush (paint SketchUp materials on faces with virtual brushstrokes)
• Uniform sculpting mode applying user-defined work plane
• Lock vertices to user-defined work plane

Vertex Transformation Tools
• Soft Selection
• Soft Move, Rotate, and Scale
• Make Planar (XY, XZ, YZ, or best fit)

Mesh Optimization (Polygon Reduction)
• -More rapidly and more powerful as compared to the free Polyreducer plugin

To download the extension, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Artisan Organic Toolset now supports sketchup 2018

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Drawing basics on SketchUp – Edges and Faces

SketchUp is the easiest 3D software application that allows you to draw models flawlessly. The drawing basics involve a few interesting features and tools that help you understand how to sketch the model correctly. They are as simple as the uncomplicated a designing concept of 2D. Since the edges and faces play the primary roles, you have to understand the application of different tools concentrated on performing the same task. Learning them will keep you a step ahead to design the models without any obstacles. The content discusses lines, faces and inferences.

Drawing a line:

Drawing a line in SketchUp does not take your long time. It follows some simple steps and they are described below.

• Choose the line tool from the tool bar or press L. The cursor transforms into a pencil.
• Click on the starting point of the line on SketchUp.
• A line will follow when you move around the cursor.
• The measurement box displays the length of the line.
• The line you are drawing turns into a specific color (red, green or blue) as per the color of the axis it parallels with.
• Click the end point of your line. Remember, the end point can be a start point of a new line.

Creating a face:

A face on SketchUp creates with the assembling of lines or edges. It is a common kwon fact that faces are plain always. On the application, some faces remain in shading and some are opaque. This very characteristic represents the core design of 3D that distinguishes from the 2D part. Shapes can be rectangular, circle and polygon.

Dividing faces:

Dividing faces of model is as simple as you expect. Draw a line on the model and use the push pool tool to divide the face.

Opening in 3D shapes by erasing edges and faces:

Opening in 3D shapes is a must-know lesson that enhances your knowledge to design even the toughest models. You can use an erase tool to eliminate the lines and edges to create an opening. The steps below will help you.

• Select the erase tool.
• Click the edges that you want to erase.
• To erase a face, context-click on the face and choose the erase tool.

Lines and inferences:

Inferences are an associated tool that tells the cursor position in the line by different color dots and screen tip boxes. Hover your cursor around the model and you witness many inferences with different applications.

The drawing basics on SketchUp are based on the two basic characters of the application – edges and faces. To draw anything on Sketch, these two dominate your complete drawing.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

Drawing basics on SketchUp – Edges and Faces

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SketchUp to VR in 10 seconds

This article is about the new SketchUp tool VR that is a very useful helping hand for the science fiction fans and have some really great features. But it works on SketchUp’s latest versions. Here is some information about the working process in VR. Here are also some reviews about the working features of VR; it is a smart simple and useful tool. The getting process, the inside view all are described here for the readers.

VR or Virtual Reality has been a dream of science fiction fans for decades and at last it has appeared. It is mainly a multi-sensory computer simulated visual environment which allows users to immerse themselves and interact with 3D worlds. Innovates from all over industries are now using this technology for telling stories and taking users on a far away adventure. SketchUp is one of the world’s well known popular 3D modeling programs. There is a wide variety of industries here like architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and film and product design. They all are depended on the program for bringing their ideas to life. For viewing SketchUp models, right hardware and prospect is necessary.

Getting Ready to Go Into VR: At first check that the file can be viewed in Prospect, as VR only works in SketchUP 2014-2017 and also check if there is the accurate geolocation set in the file. Actually Geolocation in SketchUp is for informing the ability for adjusting Sun Settings in VR and perfect asses glare and shadows that casts from the natural light entering in the place. For viewing different scenes in the model or jumping between different rooms always make sure to have a number of clearly named Scenes set up as well. In the next step, configure the workstation for the virtual reality by checking that the headset is either an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and then open the Prospect in the desktop. After opening the prospect, drag and drop a SketchUp file into the dropzone or find and upload the file by simply clicking the “Browse” option. After the file get selected, click the “Launch” option and for going to VR is ready.

Inside the 3D model: After entering the VR the first thing will appear that the loaded model is in front in the Scale Model Mode. There one can rotate, scale and section their model for better view in the enclosed areas. By pressing the menu button on the controller for toggling on tooltips while in VR the user and clients both get familiarized with the various features. To enter in the models inside at 1:1 scale, select “Navigate” on the menu for teleporting you in. after entering one can explore the model and begin the mesmerizing review.

In- Vr Tools for Immersive Review: There are many tools available for helping to produce actionable next steps and valuable design insights from the users time spent on reviewing the model in-VR.

• Sun Settings: This tool use the actual geolocation that you have set up in the original Sketchup file for displaying the accurate lightning and shadows. By adjusting the time and date it allows user for making informed decisions about windows, lighting and to do shadow studies.
• Viewpoints: They are like the camera views that are located within the model. It is a best way to walk a client or colleague through a project by creating a solid narrative about the space. Prospect uses Scenes from SketchUp for creating Viewpoints. These viewpoints can be navigated between from both scale Model Mode and in the model.
• Layers: It can be advantaged to easily and effectively showcase the various design options, material combinations or can also walk through fully different layouts. The associated layers with groups can be automatically pulled into Prospect from SketchUp. By turning of the visibility the layers will be kept off.

For more information and video visit blog.irisvr.com

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Career Options SketchUp Users Have

SketchUp is not only a 3D designing tool but also a way leading to many career options. The best thing about the application is that you can learn easily how to design 3D models without having prior knowledge. The job profiles associated with SketchUp include architect and interior design, and a design aid in AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction).

If you design in SketchUp to meet your passion, then turn your passion into a profession simply. Career options are numerous, and each of which relates you to the interesting world of building structures virtually. There is no certain direction for SketchUp Jobs, though. One can use the application as per their demands.

SketchUp does not follow any stipulated format. This is why jobs are increasing in numbers in the fields. Innovation enriches its application, and designers come up with several new ways that will make you more creative. Knowing career option hones your skill to beat more complex designs.

The content deals with some innovative career paths that remain unknown to the designers till date. The paths are as interesting and creative as their thought. Read on to learn more.

• Architect/ Architectural Visualizer:

Architect is another job option where SketchUp has been used primarily. You can design in the application if you are master over SketchUp. But to get a professional tag, you need to earn knowledge in other related software applications such as Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD and Revit.

Though one can be an architect without knowing Revit or BIM applications, AutoCAD and Photoshop are the must-to-have option. The software will help you design more clearly and precisely when you prepare to make 3D models in SketchUp.

As per the experts, SketchUp is a self-study. The more you spend time with the application, the better you will be in designing. You can also earn architect job without having the formal study of architecture. In this case, you will be restricted to a certain position and salary.

• Project manager:

A project manager uses SketchUp as a communication tool to bring out the inside of a work to the clients. SketchUp helps a project manager in many ways such as illustrating a worksheet condition, measuring safety issues, and more. The average use of SketchUp in a project manager’s job profile is 5%.

• Concrete Product Design:

In a concrete product design, SketchUp works as a communication tool that helps clients understand what they get. The 3D design of a project communicates well to the workers also as they visualize the complex works which need to be done applying the right method. The application in a product design includes things more than you count.

Reference site: forums.sketchup.com

 

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SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

SketchUp rendering is the option that allows you to visualize your 3D design in a picture perfect manner. The option enhances the quality of your work and markets your products the way you want. There are many SketchUp plugins for rendering available to give your design a perfect touch. Choosing the best option depends on the type of work you want to get from your 3D model. The content mentions names of plugins as many as it could. You can use one of them as per your requirement and demands.

• AmbientOcclusion Lite: This plugin is helpful to get a fast visualization from your 3D model. It also gives a model a real touch with highlighting space. If you want more than usual features of rendering, you must opt for the AmbientOcclusion Pro that comes up with the depth of fields, colors and texture effects.
Visit stg-extensions.sketchup.com

• ArielVision: This rendering option follows the easiest steps to render your SketchUp model. Its easy-to-use interface makes the rendering process simpler with focusing on some essential features of rendering. You can start rendering just by one click.
To download the application, visit extensions.sketchup.com

• Bloom Unit: Bloom Unit uses the cloud computing system to create a photo-realistic view of your images. You no need to be expert in every detail of rendering since it anonymously adds all essential features your model needs.
Do not forget to visit www.bloomunit.com

• Brighter3D: This extension promises to give you a hassle-free ways of rendering on SketchUp. The built-in features automatically look after important things like lighting, noise and material. It also offers you the multi-threading option with which your system will create a realistic image of your design using the CPU power without the need for graphic cards.
Visit www.brighter3d.com

• Corona Renderer: Corona Render solves every problem regarding rendering and transforms your model into a real visual. The extension gets updated offering you new features and functions.
Follow corona-renderer.com to get more information.

• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
Visit www.fluidray.com for more details.

• LightUp: LightUp is an object-based rendering that instantly transforms your model to a visually appealing object on the SketchUp window itself. The extension ensures that you will get no-waiting rendering opposed to the traditional process.
Visit www.light-up.co.uk to know more or download the plug-in.

• LumenRT: It is another rendering extension for SketchUp that helps you create a photo-realistic view of your design. It understands the photographic environment better than others.
To know more about the design, visit www.lumenrt.com

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