Background Modification in Sketchup

Here are the tips on how to change the background in SketchUp (not for render).
Usually when we want to present our SketchUp drawing to our client, it’s only a sky, isn’t it?

SO, with this way, we can change / customize our background so at least it will make our scene more real although it’s only a sketch without rendered.

If you want to render the scene (vray or podium or anything else render engine), then you should use HDRI or customize on Photoshop.

So, here is the step by step:

1. Show the Styles window by accessing menu Window -> Style.
2. In window Style, choose tab “Edit”, then choose “Watermark” from the menu

3. Click “(+)” icon then select a bitmap whatever you want to show for your background image, usually its a sky image or something else. The bigger the image size will make more smooth.
4. then, you will get a dialog question window, choose “Background”. Then, “Watermark1” on the option can changed/renamed to whatever u want.
5. The next dialog, let the settings to the default, just click “Next”.
6. Next dialog, choose “Positioned in the screen”, then move the slider in the “Scale” to the right, This means our bitmap will strecthed fully. Thats why i suggest you use bigger image size so you will get smoother result.
7. Then, on the bullet icon, this means how the image repetition start. In this case, i select the bottom center. But you can select/try your own based on your image. Then, click “Finish”

Done.. ! ^_^ .. the parameter i mention above is not absolute, you can take your time to experience .. i hope this is useful for you ..

Background Modification in Sketchup

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FrameModeler for sketchup

FrameModeler is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2018.

This user-friendly architecture tool is compatible with elementary architecture components like column, beam, wall, slab, grid etc. and can be set by the users with their fingertips.

FrameModeler works out the area and volume of the material similar to excluding intersected faces and edges.

• Information Export Tool
Export Excel data
• Select model data from ModelInfo
• Update Model Condition
Excluding intersected faces and edges, updating grid position.

Download the extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

FrameModeler for sketchup

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How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis demonstrates the functionality of a useful sketchup plugin called FlexTools that can be used for generating dynamic components inside sketchup.

One can produce various smart objects like doors, windows etc. The plugin allows the users to arrange the doors, windows, louvers and other objects inside openings in your sketchup models instantly and smoothly.

This sketchup plugin is developed by FlexTools CC. It is a paid extension and cost is US$33 for one component and US$114 for all components.

One can download the plugin from thesketchupessentials.com/flextools.

Flex tools is a series of opening creation tools developed on the basis of sketchup dynamic components engine. It comprises of the responsive objects scale and modifies to openings automatically.

The components can be resized devoid of any distortion. Here, only the sections of components which are expected to resize like the door or the glass in the windows, will be only resized whereas the frames and other objects remain unchanged in sizes.

To get more detail, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

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An exclusive sketchup workshop with Lisa Bafagih, an educator at St John’s College Cork

Lisa Bafagih, a renowned architect and educator at St John’s College Cork, is conducting a workshop for sketchup users. The workshop will be held on Thurs 26th July from 10:00am – 4:00pm at National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork.

This workshop is specifically designed for the artists and creators who want to improve their basic knowledge and skill with the SketchUp Interface and modelling tools.

The workshop will also focus on the more advanced capabilities of the program with illustrations onthird party plugins and SketchUp Pro.

Topics covered:

a. Presentation with the SketchUp interface and navigation tools.
b. Best practice while applying SketchUp’s modelling and modification tools.
c. Elementary modelling techniques with 2D and 3D modelling tools.
d. Model organization along with groups and components.
e. Application of the SketchUp Warehouse.
f. Utilization of the materials editor to produce custom-made materials
g. Section planes, cameras and 2D export formats.

Presentations:

a. Scenes, animation export.
b. SketchUp Pro, CAD import.
c. Sketchup Pro, export to Layout, scale.
d. Twilight Plug -in, rendering.

This workshop is intended for all levels of expertise but primary computer skills are necessary. This workshop is part of an Art & Technology Workshop Series at the NSF for 2018 which will consist of workshops in Rhino – a 3D modelling programme; Blender & 3D Printing and introductory course to VR – Virtual Reality, its platforms, gear and the Unity Gaming Engine.

To get more details, go through the following website nationalsculpturefactory.com

An exclusive sketchup workshop with Lisa Bafagih, an educator at St John’s College Cork

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Demo of component finder, a new sketchup extension

This exclusive sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of a new sketchup extension called Component Finder. This extension can simplify the process to view and import components inside sketchup.

The tutorial video focuses on the following topics :- How to set up Component Finder, Navigate 3D Models, Add a component, Save a component, Rename a component, Update a component.

The extension contains the following exclusive features :-

Quickly filter through your local Sketchup components library, and find the components you need. Just a click away, all within Sketchup.

Enhanced Browsing: Now, it is possible to view all the components in a folder, it’s sub-folders as well as in their sub-folders all in one view.

View your components in each tab in best possible manner

Flat View: Avail the components in the present folder and in all of it’s sub-folders, and their sub-folders… (5 levels deep).

Nav View: The recognizable browsing view of folders and components. It is ideal for navigating and focusing on a specific folder.

Powerful Search: Type in with your search term, and ComponentFinder will filter through all of your tabs and the components in them unless you get your desired result.

Zoom In / Out: View bigger or smaller component thumbnails.

Save Components: After arranging some components into a model, if any modifications take place, one can save them right back into any open tab.

To get more information, go through the following link flextools.cc/componentfinder

Open multiple tabs at once: Choose numerous folders from your local library and include them simultaneously as separate tabs in ComponentFinder.

FlexTools Integration: ComponentFinder operates on top of the FlexTools platform. Same toolbar. Same settings location. Automatic updates when available.

Watch the following video for live demonstration.

Demo of component finder, a new sketchup extension

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SketchOSM by PlaceMaker – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

It allows the users to generate 3D buildings parametrically for the inclusion of site context to your model. The Buildings which are produced with SketchOSM can then be allocated universally by publishing directly to OpenStreetMap (OSM).

It is an extensive database for accessing and editing geo-information through GPS devices, websites, apps etc.

Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin :-

• Well matched with SketchUp 2017+ Make or Pro (Windows Only)
• Geo-location tool
• Geo-locate your model and import a satellite image from DigitalGlobe as a reference for tracing buildings
• Import OSM road centerlines and illustrate the current OSM 3D Buildings for reference
• Generate simple OSM 3D Buildings
• Generate Multi-Part Complex (Relation) Buildings
• Parametric tools to edit new buildings
• Height Tool
• Roof shape (gable, hip, round, skillion, onion, dome, round, pyramid)

• Roof Height
• Building Color
• Roof Color
• Edit Building Outline
• Minimum Building Height
• Copy Attributes (tags) from one building to another

To get more information, go through the following link. extensions.sketchup.com

To learn the complete process, go through the following video.

SketchOSM by PlaceMaker

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3D print with print a thing – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

3D Print with Print a Thing is the newest sketchup pluign available in extension warehouse. It is developed by Print a Thing, LLC.

It is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin will be very useful for various industries like engineering, gaming, woodworking etc.

This extension facilitates the users to simply upload their creations to the Print a Thing 3D Printing service for a quick quote, rapid turnaround, and superior quality prints.

In order to download 3D Print with Print a Thing, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

3D print with print a thing – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

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Christmas story in SketchUp

SketchUp is one of the most used software for 3D modeling and design tools across the world and SketchUp team works with a motto that is “SketchUp for everyone”. From their beginning they are continuously working to provide their users better and smarter experience in work than previous. With SketchUp and they have published so many tools that will be useful for designing and modeling.

As a result of their constant improvement now-a-days it has been using by hundreds of thousands of architects, engineers, contractors, woodworkers, artists and other people from various fields. The team is also working on SketchUp Pro, LayOut, Extension Warehouse and the 3D Warehouse for designing each and every little object from motion centers to treehouses and many more.

Christmas is one its way and celebrated by most of the people in world with cheerfulness that become a huge celebration all over the world. In the outer countries especially the winter countries have lots of plans for this grand day and the festive mood starts from the beginning of December and SketchUp’s offices are not behind from that celebration. TY Schalamon has created some wonderful LED-star lights for decorating Christmas trees and made the print out and designs of the LED star lights with the help of SketchUp.

TY Schalamon is a user of SketchUp and works as a member of the Knowledge Team who provide Technical Support for SketchUp. In his team he has to work on fixing problems of the users and try to improve the support system to provide better help to the users. This article is a brief of the work of Ty for the Christmas.

Ty thought to make some variations in Christmas tree this year and he started to draw his idea in Sketchup that resulted print out of a LED-lit star for the Christmas tree this year and discussed about that. He also uploaded those models of LED-lit star in the 3D Warehouse so that anyone can use them for decorating his/her Christmas tree.

The unique part of the printing is that the models should be printed at 0% filling and they don’t need any kind of support. Ty also made snowflakes in SketchUp and for them he used a SketchUp pattern component method and kept the sides of all the snowflakes same. On the base shape he used a dodecahedron and then raised the edges up to a fixed point for every star point.

Dodecahedron is term used in geometry which is like any polyhedron that has twelve flat faces, also has three meeting at each height and represented by the Schläfli symbol.

After fixing the edges of the stars he used Fredo6’s Joint Push Pull tool for fixing the thickness to a perfect size that should enough thin to not filling while printing but should be enough thick to be strong. After that he added a certain fit sized hole in the bottom of the LEDs and send through STL export into the slicer software to print.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

Christmas story in SketchUp

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About Fred Bartels and his creation

Fred Bartels is an educator, builder, artist, maker and a very old member of the SketchUp community. He became inspired by Seymour Papert and many other education visionaries and hope that the future of SketchUp in the classroom of SketchUp. Bartels has introduced SketchUp to his students Seventeen years ago and from that time he continuously trying to create some variations in the classes of SketchUp from its normal class studies and also Bartels hope that other educators will realize this soon and follow the same.

In this article we will go through the idea of Bartels in encouraging students for a better study with some new techniques. As Fred has been with SketchUp for a long time, he can describe his creations better way through SketchUp.

Fred’s 3D modeling story: Fred Bartels had a great interest in art and architecture and had done some photography courses in high school but could not pursue it in future as a profession. He generally produced art in a summarized way and loved to work with the house designs and often made outlet for his designed ideas. He started to teach in the computer programming classes when the computer and 3D design tools became available in most of the schools and taught about many programs and software. But all were not much good for the students still he found SketchUp at MacWorld 2002 and loved it. From then he has been providing lessons and IT supports to the students of K-12 schools.

Special things about SketchUp: According to Fred, SketchUp is a vast and most useful tool even in schools as it has various option that help the students to stay focused more on the designs and knowledge not using the tool only. Besides this, Fred tried to do much more things than only designing in computer graphics, SKetchUp can be used in math, science, history and language classes for better understanding. Students loved the idea and some of them tried to make some innovative work; such as Andrew Nathanson who had made a unique design work and had been invited to the SketchUp Basecamp 2008. There he got a chance to represent his design and also shared the method of using SketchUp in K-12 environment in schools.

The relationship between technology and education progress: According to Fred, he and other educators have a wish that computers will provides a rich ranged world for the students where they could both play and experiment over things and can get loads of information. It will be done in a way that would give them abbreviate concept and keep them interested and focused.

A great supporter of this idea was MIT’s Seymour Papert; he had thinking that computers can be used in education as in books like Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas and The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School In The Age Of The Computer Reprint Edition. SketchUp is just like that and with the 3D Warehouse students could get an available way for sharing their designs and get feedbacks on them. In schools or educational institutions, computer is generally used as an information presentation tool for providing only some information; though it is not enough as there are more things than normal information. It is good news that there are some new software like Maker Movement, Sketchup etc. that are providing various additional roles in teaching and learning.

Fred’s new models for students: Fred has a keen interest in art and architecture and has examined many building and design ideas, shared them in 3D Warehouse. After quitting his teaching he took a number of courses at Yestermorrow; which is a design or build school in Vermont and became capable to do some more creative works. He got appreciation for his works that he had shared in 3D Warehouse or SketchUcation that motivated him to do more experiments. Later he worked over 3D printing and made some small sculptures designed in SketchUp and programmable using LEDs controlled with Arduino microcontrollers etc.

Besides SketchUp, he also shared his designs in another site named Thingiverse and has some other ideas about making larger designs for future, SketchUp’s role in designs of Fred: After discovering SketchUp, Fred found to work with his ideas and designs in a vast and better platform that also provide him to explore the designs and make creative works on them. SketchUp has now become a part of his work as it is ever growing software that provides new things every time.

Other extensions: He used the extension named Artisan for any kind of work and in addition with that Profile Builder, Solid Inspector 2, Align 2 and Export STL.

Fred is happy with SketchUp and has been using for the past 15 years and expect to explore more sides of his designing skill and also hope that SktechUp will play more active role in education system and will provide a great supportive, powerful and unique microworld to develop and explore 3D design ideas.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

About Fred Bartels and his creation

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Angular Dimension in SketchUp

SketchUp stores the most needed application to design some serious works. SketchUp users often face difficulties in inserting an angle correctly to the design. Angular dimension helps you measure the right angle. This content brings out the easiest way to put an angle with maintaining accuracy. The easy yet effective tool in SketchUp maps everything related to an angle dimension for you. Steve Baumgartner introduced Angular Dimensions for SketchUp users with adding essential aspects needed for adding the right angle to your design. The content deals with tips to add inner and outer angular dimensions to your design. It also discusses a few questions regarding this tool.

Angular dimension:

It is an extension that you need to install first. As the name said, it defines angles of your model. To activate the extension, choose the option angular dimension from the tools menu.

Angular dimension in 3D design comes up with an array of complexities. Steve tried his best to eliminate existing problems and offered an understandable approach that helps you know inner and outer dimensions.

To draw an angle, you need to choose three points in your design – the first end, the end point and the second end. The angular dimension shoes you the angle of your chosen area with a leader text. For toggling between inner and outer dimensions, use TAB button.

Generally queries related to SketchUp Angular dimension tools:

Many users complain that SketchUp Angular dimension tool is missing. They must understand that it is not a built-in tool and they have to install the plugin to use. For this, please check https://sketchucation.com/pluginstore?pln=draw_angle_dim

This tool comes under the features of marking dimensions in SketchUp. Whenever you need to mark a distance and angle in your model, linear dimension and angular dimension prove to be very useful.

A guide to create an Angular Dimensions:

It follows a few steps to design an angle. Details are mentioned below:

1. When the tool is in active, click a point that makes an angle. On hovering the cursor over the line, you will find On Line or On Point interference. A dash blue line will appear when you click the point.
2. Click the angle’s vertex to create a one-half of the angle. See Callout 1.
3. Click the point that creates the other half of the angle.
4. On moving the cursor to the angle’s vertex, a blue dash line will appear. When the line crosses the first line, a hollow point is created that defines angle’s vertex. Callout 2.

5. Click the angle vertex to create an angular dimension.
6. Move the cursor from the vertex area to the direction of the angle you measure.
7. Click to measure the angular dimension. Callout 3.

The information above helps you know how to measure angular dimension of your SketchUp design. it needs your creative part of your designing.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

Angular Dimension in SketchUp

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