SketchUp Drawing tool: Freehand

SketchUp is a 3D modeling software which is full of easy using tools both are handy for beginners and professionals; though the Freehand tool is a drawing tool for beginners.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D 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. Almost everything can designed in 3D with SketchUp and who have splattered in 3D drawing or are interested to learn the basics of design, SketchUp for Dummies has made it faster and easier to learn the ropes of a powerful, user-friendly tool that bring life into the design ideas. Users can get guidance here from creating a basic 3D model to showcase their work through 3D print or animation, literally everything in SketchUp that can help in anywhere like from redesigning the house to mocking up the future great invention. More than that, SketchUp’s vast usability has gotten very wide success as a tool that even non-designers can also make basic drawings; there are also many expert tips from former SketchUp product director Aidan Chopra and co-author Rebecca Huehls that help to draw and access SketchUp.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

• Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
• They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
• Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

About Freehand Tool: SketchUp’s Freehand Tool is a handy tool which will help to trace imported drawings, create a2D sketch and decorate models. This tool will help to create hand-drawn lines, like the planter decorations or simple lines. This tool can be found in the following places:

• Getting Started Toolbar (Click the drop-down arrow next to the Line tool)
• Drawing toolbar
• Large tool Set Toolbar
• Draw > Lines submenu

Method to use Freehand Tool: Drawing Toolbar is found in the following path: View> Toolbars> Check the Drawing Option. After clicking on the Drawing option or Drawing Toolbar a small window will open where some icons can be seen; from there users need to left click on the Pencil icon which will activate the Freehand tool, then simply moving mouse users can draw their shapes and after completing the drawing just need to click on the mouse and the drawing will be completed.

Under the hood, the drawn lines with the Freehand tool become curve entities or ployline entities. Here is a little information that is needed to know about each of these entity types:

• The curve entity contains many line segments but can be defined and divided a face like a single line. Despite of selecting all the segments in a curve entity at a single time, the SketchUp inference engine displays point and edge inferences for every segment in the entity.
• While a polyline entity doesn’t create faces or affect geometry in any way. A polyline entity is created only when am user can hold down the Shift key similar as drawing with the Freehand tool. These polyline entities are thinner than curve entities.

Sourcewww.learn.sketchup.com

SketchUp Drawing tool: Freehand

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“Surface Imperfection Maps in VRay to create Realistic materials in SketchUp ”

This article is about the using method of surface imperfection maps to add realism on the rendered materials within VRay for SketchUp which Justin Geis has shown through a tutorial video. Here are some details about this Surface Imperfection and its use in SketchUp.

Surface Imperfection maps are very high quality textures which are scanned from real surfaces. These maps are not like traditional scatter textures but are scans of the delicate imperfections that are shared by most materials. The resulting grayscale maps can be used as glossiness, bump, anisotropy and reflective maps for adding those imperfections back into any 3D material.

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.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

This time Justin Geis has used maps from the website called Poliigon.com; the textures in this tutorial are all free textures which can be used in the renderings; Poliigon also has a paid option with access for many materials. One of the other map types has Poliigon is the surface imperfection map which is designed to apply with the other materials from poliigon to use them. In real life, materials are rarely perfect as in the renderings so in maps they can be used to add a little realistic feel to the renders. Justin has downloaded and used the free Smudged Large texture; he also created a material for the texture and applied surface imperfection map to the opacity section under color correction. This option allowed them to drive the opacity of the material as it is basically see-through material except for the Smudged areas. The power of the brightness can be adjusted later to change the power of effect; next they created a 3D material and the type of this one allows to blend multiple materials together. While creating a 3D material blend there will be an option to add a base material to create a wonderful texture.

Surface Imperfection Maps in VRay to create Realistic materials in SketchUp

Source:www.thesketchupessentials.com

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Some useful guidelines to perform exterior rendering with v-ray next for sketchup

This is an exclusive video tutorial for v-ray sketchup users. In this tutorial, detail process is given for performing a naturalistic exterior rendering with v-ray next for sketchup.

The following tools are used for different purposes :-

1. Sandbox tool, for forming the ground.
2. Artisan for completing the ground detail.

3. Solar North for settling the sun originates.
4. Skatter, to spray the assets to the ground.
5. Laubwerk, for adding the trees.

Sandbox Tools (extensions.sketchup.com)

The Sandbox Tools extension applies the concept of a sandbox that belongs to a surface to be created and managed with sandbox tools. This sketchup extension is effective for landscape design.

Artisan (sketchucation.com)

This sketchUp extension comprises of powerful organic modeling tools. Artisan can be used to create Terrain, Furniture, Characters, Abstract Sculptures, Fabric/Curtains/Pillows, Rocks/Tree Trunks/Plants etc.

Solar North (extensions.sketchup.com)

It offers tools for the users to settle and exhibit the solar north angle that SketchUp applies to work out the sun location, and consequently shadow directions.

Skatter (extensions.sketchup.com)

With skatter, it is possible to populate your scenes with unconstrained vegetation with complete control, all while saving time and never leave SketchUp.

From small carpets in a living room to large scale forests, Skatter is developed to facilitate retaining the final look rapidly and efficiently.

Laubwerk (www.laubwerk.com)

Laubwerk provides user-friendly software extensions for architects and CG artists who are in search for genuine 3D plants, and plant scattering tools. With drag-and-drop simplicity, and user-friendly tools to alter the shape, age, season and level of detail for each of Laubwerk’s spectacular 3D plants, users will be able to effortlessly add 3D trees to any CG project. It is compatible with Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D, SideFX Houdini, Trimble SketchUp, and Python.

To get complete details about exterior rendering, go through the following video tutorial.

Some useful guidelines to perform exterior rendering with v-ray next for sketchup

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“Curic Space for SketchUp ”

SketchUp Extension Curic Space is designed to help users to space objects inside the models quickly and users can use this extension for making copies of single objects etc.

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D 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.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

This article is about the new SketchUp Plugin, Curic Space is an extension that gives users many options for spacing objects equally within SketchUp.

Curic Space: The simplest function of this extension is to choose multiple different objects, then selecting the axis with which users like the objects to be spaced and users can give any value to adjust the spacing. The entering of space values can be done as long as users don’t click out of the tool; they can also space across multiple axes by clicking on a new axis and typing in a value. Besides all of this, this extension also has an object duplication tool that can be activated in two simple steps: at first users need to click on a single instance of an object and then click on the Curic Space icon. Here users can type in the number of copies they like to make; just click on an axis and then type in a spacing. Hence users can do many things such as going back and spacing copies across multiple axes or using Curic space to space objects around a curve by making a circle from the selected objects and clicking on it.

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.

Source:www.thesketchupessentials.com

Curic Space for SketchUp

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MeshWrapper Tool 1.0.1 for Sketchup

MeshWrapper Tool is another useful sketchup extension from Cadman. It is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

It offers a series of tools for generating an exterior shell around 3D geometry, streamlining the model and leads to an equally distributed surface mesh around the object.

The Wrap Objects tool provides a consistent grid mesh around an object(s). The dissimilar grid projections belong to each group inside an overall MeshWrapper group. Each grid mesh is formed with a quad faces, and is well suited with quad face tools.

Choose the object(s) to be covered with a mesh. Then fill out the Gridding Options dialog:

the Grid spacing size. If this number belongs to a negative number, the longest dimension of the object(s) will be subdivided with that number to settle the grid size.

the mesh projection style, either all around (surround), Top and Bottom, Front and Back, or Right and Left.

the Shard filter indicates a grid edge multiplier. When the length of an edge goes beyond this multiplier, its triangle will be excluded of the final mesh.

Stitch edges: The subgroups of the mesh are detached from one another, but their perimeter grid cells are modified to sui each other while the Stitch edges variable is fixed to ‘yes’.

The Seam Zipper tool stitches the edges of two grid seams collectively, or fills in a 1x grid inside a mesh.

Ensure there exist an edge on each end of the seam opening to transform each end of the seam as a single grid width ‘boxed end’. A boxed end is when an edge contains faces entirely encircling it on one side.

To get more details or purchase the extension, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Choose the ‘box ends’ of the seam and the Seam zipper tool stitches the grid seams jointly.

The Reverse group faces tool reverses all faces inside a selected group.

If a seam from Seam Zipper is facing inside out, reverse it with the ‘Reverse group faces’ tool. Then rupture the seam group and it merges into the encompassing mesh.

The Diagonals to quads tool converts pairs of triangles into a quad face (four sided face). Choose the common edge among the triangles, (or multiple diagonals) and the tool will convert them into quad faces.

MeshWrapper Tool 1.0.1 for Sketchup

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“Curic Space for SketchUp Function description”

SketchUp Extension Curic Space is designed to help users to space objects inside the models quickly and users can use this extension for making copies of single objects etc.

This article is about the new SketchUp Plugin, Curic Space is an extension that gives users many options for spacing objects equally within SketchUp.

Curic Space: The simplest function of this extension is to choose multiple different objects, then selecting the axis with which users like the objects to be spaced and users can give any value to adjust the spacing. The entering of space values can be done as long as users don’t click out of the tool; they can also space across multiple axes by clicking on a new axis and typing in a value. Besides all of this, this extension also has an object duplication tool that can be activated in two simple steps: at first users need to click on a single instance of an object and then click on the Curic Space icon.

This extension does three things which are:

  • Creating Copies of Single Objects
  • Space objects based on the object centers
  • Space objects based on object origins

Copying objects: Users can create copies of objects with Curic space by selecting a single object and clicking the curic space button. If user selects only one object, the extension will ask the number of copies want to create and after creating the copies, all are inserted at the same point that can only space out by Curic space.

Spacing objects based on centres: The following extension allows users to neglect objects based on object centers where the center is found as pr the selected objects, then space every along a selected direction. Users can type in a numerical value and press the enter key to space every object; also users can enter a different value and press enter key to put different spacings.

Spacing objects based on origin: Curic space also has the option where users can space objects based on the object origin which can be useful while dealing with objects which are not the same width.

Source:www.thesketchupessentials.com

Curic Space for SketchUp Function description

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“Creating Walkthroughs in SketchUp”

SketchUp users should create the walkthroughs in SketchUp models as it will help to move the model continuously even with turns and corners by giving it smooth steps.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D 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.

Aidan Chopra was a beloved member of the SketchUp team for 10 years; he is the creator of SketchUp Blog where SketchUp members and professionals share their new designs and tells some tips and tricks to design various designs that help users a lot. This Blog has attracted huge number of people and helps them to know more about SketchUp tools and extensions, moreover that users can now easily use SketchUp in their everyday life. Aidan also taught countless classes on SketchUp, he authored the SketchUp for Dummies Book.

Walkthrough is a really great method to use scenes as here users have to pretend as walking or flying through their SketchUp model; just need to set up the scenes continually and here they can add a seamless tour without messing around with the navigation tools. This setup is very easy to use while walking and talking at the same time, so here are some tips about simulating a person walking or flying through the model wit scenes:

  • Adjusting the field of view:

Users can adjust their field of view for interior animations and it follows some steps- at first the camera has to see in a wider “see” area by setting the field of view to 60 degrees. If they want to adjust the exterior view, they just need to try a field of view that is between 30 and 45 degrees.

  • Scenes should not be too far apart:

Adding scenes in the SketchUp model gives the model more lively attractions and it will also make the model more attractive.

  • Adding scenes at equal distance intervals:

It is good to add scenes in an equal distance as SketchUp only allows users to control the scene transition timing for all the scenes in one time.

  • Always set the animation settings in the Model info Dialog box:

The users can set the scenes delay to 0 seconds that will help to continue the animation at every scene and it will gives the audiences time to look around and notice every scene in detail.

  • Slide around corners:

While setting up a walk animation, users can have an easy and certain way to turn corners without making it to technical. Generally the trick is to add a scene just short of where the users want to turn like a few feet ahead of the doorway. The reason is to angle the view into the turn slightly and then set the next scene just past the turn, close to the inside and facing the new view; this whole technique makes the model like turning corners naturally.

Source:www.dummies.com/programming

Creating Walkthroughs in SketchUp

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Demo of transmutr, a brand new sketchup extension

Justin Geis, the renowned sketchup instructor, has presented this useful sketchup video tutorial that focuses on the demonstration of Transmutr, a brand new sketchup extension from the developer of skatter to instantly import and export external models with several formats into sketchup.

It will allow sketchup to read along with the capability to generate proxies for your rendering programs.

This sketchup extension contains some unique features like automated render-ready materials and proxies, geometry simplification. Besides, there are some useful options like scaling, unit conversion, axes/origin transformations and lots other.

Details of the features are given below :-

Automated render-ready materials: Automatically transform render-ready materials or fine-tune them with some simple mouse clicks.

Automated proxies: With a single click, Transmutr can create proxies for V-Ray, Thea and Enscape.

Geometry simplification: Streamline high-poly objects with numerous faces down to a few thousands or hundreds.

Direct link with Quixel Megascans Bridge: With a couple of clicks, it is possible to deliver Megascans assets from Quixel Bridge to SketchUp.

Correct units, scale and axes: Scale the model, amend t the origin or modify the Up Axis with just a couple clicks.

Clean model hierarchy: Transmutr retains the model hierarchy whereas simplifying it to get rid of unnecessary nesting.

To get more details or purchase the extension, go through the following link https://transmutr.com

For online demonstration of the extension, watch the following video tutorial.

Demo of transmutr, a brand new sketchup extension

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“Medeek Wall in SketchUp Extension”

The Meedek Wall Plugin is another one from SketchUp Extension Warehouse that provides a simple interface to create accurate 3D Wall framing geometry within SketchUp.

About Extension Warehouse: It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

About Meddek Wall (BETA): The Medeek Wall Plugin is another SketchUp Plugin that provide a simple interface to create accurate 3D wall framing geometry within SketchUp. This plugin also uses the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface and is consistent with the newest SketchUp versions like SketchUp Make 2017 and SketchUp Pro 2018 as well as earlier versions like 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Currently the plugin allows the making of the following types or panels of wall which are in Metric and US/Imperial:

Rectangle (Ext-Int), Rectangle (Int-Int), Gable and Shed.

  • Door types in Rectangle: Solid, Six panel, Half Glass, Full Glass, Double Solid, Double Six Panel, Double Half Glass, Double Full Glass
  • Window types in Rectangle and Half Round: Picture, Slider, Single Hung
  • Garage Doors: Under Construction
  • Columns in Wall: Dimensional Lumber and Timbers, Parallel Strand Lumber
  • Pre-Fabricated Shear Panels: Simpson Strong-tie Wood Strong Wall®, Simpson Strong-tie Steel Strong Wall®, Mitek Hardy Frame® HFX Panel.
  • Engineering(US/Imperial): It is under construction

All these wall types are designed using industry standard practices, there are some other wall types for doors and windows which are in the process to add on weekly basis. Some Advanced options and features like crown moulding, baseboard, chair rails and wainscoting are also now under development. So basically this plugin allows users to create wall panels in a polyline mode; after selecting the rectangular wall tool and choosing the line mode, the wall is then defined by selecting two points from the start to end of the wall panel. After choosing this polyline mode each point defines a wall panel end point and the next wall panel starts point, when the auto-corner configuration is allowed within the global settings the wall panels will automatically form inside or outside corners as per the angles between the wall panels. When the wall panel is created then it can be moved while at the same time

remaining fixed to other adjacent wall panels; wall framing with other options are automatically re-calculated and re-drawn. This automation will provide a design tool that will reduce the need for manual modifications to the model; custom layers can be enabled in the global settings to allow various walls, window and door components to be placed on specific layers.

The Medeek Wall Plugin thus help users to accurately depict conventional wood frame construction will fully integrated windows and doors within SketchUp and better confirm the architectural models.

Medeek Wall in SketchUp Extension

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Skimp – The newest sketchup extension to import high-poly models rapidly

Mind Sight Studios released skimp, a new powerful import extension that can be used to import high-fidelity models into SketchUp rapidly and easily.

This sketchup extension supports SketchUp 2018 and SketchUp 2019.

It is specifically designed for Interior Designers, Architects, Game Developers, Landscape Architects / Civil Design etc.

The extension contains the following exclusive features :-

Get rid of slow, bloated models! Skimp retains your model light and prompt by streamlining it to the correct balance of detail and performance.

Choose any object in your SketchUp model, streamline and restore.

Import and decimate models with numerous faces instantly. Skimp can import FBX, OBJ, STL, DAE, 3DS, PLY, and VRML.

Perfect metric-based simplification.

It is possible to truly preview the model prior to importing with the purpose of modifying the scale, orientation as well as minimizing the polygons.

Skimp can significantly lower the size of your SKP file with some simple mouse clicks whereas retaining the visual appearance of the model.

It is exceptionally rapid and effective for both importing and polygon diminution.

It can sustain model hierarchy.

With skimp, it is possible to identify a metric-based tolerance while simplifying that is useful for CAD / CAM and 3D Printing applications.

Preserve Materials, UVs, and Normals at the time of importing and simplifying.

Skimp – The newest sketchup extension to import high-poly models rapidly

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