PNG Trees in 3D Warehouse

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 give their users better, smarter and successful experience to work 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 different various fields. They are 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.

About SketchUp 3D Warehouse: The SketchUp 3D Warehouse is a wonderful part of SketchUp and popular among the SketchUp users where anyone can find various 3D models. It is generally an open source library where SKetchUp users can work on models, upload it there and also download various uploaded models for sharing with clients, teammates etc. The models can be easily downloaded into any program without saving in the computer, the file sizes of the models should be up to 50 MB and these models can also make, change and upload in the 3D Warehouse without any charge.

The models with the help of 3D Warehouse look lively and users can get various pre made objects here that can be easily applicable in any model like plants, trees, people, sun, moon, building etc. Here the modeling of PNG Trees is described with a scene of a beautiful cottage.

Verkley Design and Modeling has created a wonderful model of a lovely small cottage in the woods with full of trees and uploaded it in the 3D Warehouse. Users can download this model by clicking on the logo of the 3D warehouse or can use it in any other model having the same features. In the model, the trees can easily grab anyone’s attention as they are so well designed and furnished. The structures are made with simple group and components, except that they use photo painting than just modeling the individual leaf. These trees are more efficient and helpful to design any model rather than the original and large 3D trees.

To see the painted faces navigate around the model on the slower machines and using Monochrome view individual painted faces will appear that can help to understand the original technique of modeling the trees. For the big trees with the texture of lot of leaves they used the Shaded tool with Texture view and used a lot of painted faces at every angle with a transparent background.

Besides this model, there are lots of different tree models are also available at the 3D Warehouse library that can apply in the models. In case anyone want to use little trees, plants or shrubs to reduce the file size they can try some Face-Camera trees from the 3D Warehouse. In the place of PNG trees there are some other model trees can be a replacement of it that will give the model same look; such as Alpha Tree or Transparent Tree which are single, flat and printed faces.

Face-Camera Component: In the above part we have seen that the tree models can be made in Face-Camera tool rather than downloading the created models. The Verkley Design and Modeling team has worked with the tool in another model to make some trees; at first they take a model tree with a transparent background. Users can find the tree background from Google Images go there and search for “alpha transparent tree”.

Now choose one from the list of the trees; just right click on the required tree and choose one of the saving options and save it in the PNG format. After choosing team go back to SketchUp again and chose the File/Import option and imported as an image from the PNG files. Then they just clicked on the two corners for bringing the image as per size and worked from the front view and then orbit the image for furnished ending.

It is not the end, there were some fixes that need to done correctly, the tree has to make with groups and components. Users can do it easily by click the right button of the mouse to explode it and then it will become a component by selecting the image and edges. Next the axes box has to check to complete the component and it is very important for face-camera to work as the red axis menu has to go with the image and the blue one has to go up.

Also check the Face Camera box to complete the process and click on the Create menu to finish the works.

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Demo of VizPro for SketchUp

This sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of Viz parametric modeling sketchup extension.

The tutorial briefly explains how to operate through the extension as well as generate a basic parametric model in sketchup. The extension sustains all the modeling history.

Parametric modeling means monitor the steps to generate the model in order that the objects are modified in due course devoid of undo and redo the various steps.

To get started go to the menu Extensions -> Viz -> Start Viz, or click the Vz button on the toolbar. As soon as the Viz Pro window opens, press Spacebar key to include new nodes.


1. In SketchUp, choose Window > Extension Manager.
2. Click the Install Extension button.

3. A open dialog box will be visible, then navigate to the .rbz file saved to your computer, choose the file, and click OK (Microsoft Windows) or Open (Mac OS X).
4. Restart SketchUp

Watch the following video to learn the complete process to create parametric modeling in sketchup.

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Demo of VizPro for SketchUp

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Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

This sketchup video will introduce the functionalities of 1001bit Tools (Freeware). It is an exclusive sketchup plugin that contains different types of tools to produce architectural components in quickest possible time. GOH CH has developed this sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015.

The architectural components range from Staircases, spiral staircase, windows, doors, walls, customized openings on walls as well as automatic creation of hip roofs, rafters and purlins etc.

Inside 1001bit tools, there are some effective drawing and editing tools such as fillet edges, extend, chamfer etc.

The users can also save the parameters, which are normally utilized, for easy selection in future.

To download a 30-days trial version, click on the following link

Watch the online demonstration of the plugin

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How to Set Up Templates in SketchUp

Templates in SketchUp are the place where you are drawing on. Each template defines the type of your project. Depending on the applications, SketchUp comes up with an array of templates. The most common concentrated fields for SketchUp templates are – architecture, construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, woodworking, 3D printing, and more.

Templates generally define unite of measurement of your model. Each template has a specific default unit that helps you create a design easily with maintaining the accuracy. For example, if you are doing a woodwork project, then the unit should be in millimeters and inches because accuracy is a must-to-have thing in this case. For creating a building model, inches and millimeters will definitely irritate you. Each model needs a different unit to measure the model, and right templates make your job easier for you.

There is another option called custom template that allows you to add your preferences to the template. Sometimes the default ones seem not enough as per your requirement. In this case, you can customize the details to make it fit for your model. The list below contains the things you can add or modify in custom setting.

• The model Info Dialog Box:
The model info dialog box gives you information about a model. You can change the needed fields as a default for your model.
• Save Geometry for your template: when you save geometry to a template, then the models based on the same template will also add the geometry. It works as a default.
• Styles: you can work with an array of styles in SketchUp. The Style browser has as many types as you want. The common options include edit edge, face, background and watermark.
• Shadows: Shadows give your design a complete touch. Maintaining the right shadow behavior is a necessary thing. The option is not default, though. You have to turn on shadow separately as the feature consumes much computer processing resulting in a slow performance.

Change Default Template: When you get started with SketchUp, the first thing that the application asks you to do is selecting a template. This default template can be changed further. For this, follow the steps below:

• Window > Preference for Microsoft Windows and Sketchup > Preferences for MACOS X.
• Select the Template option from the sidebar.
• Choose a template from the drawing templates box and then click OK.

Create a Template: Creating template will help you start your work without giving time in changing the default option of templates. If a set of changes has always been used, then save it as a default. This option proves more beneficial than you could ever imagine. Follow the steps to do this.

• Start a new SketchUp file with your present template.
• Add all essential modifications such as style and shadow to your SketchUp.
• Select File > Save option.
• Save your template adding a name
• Click the Save option

The Model Info Dialog Box: The content below presents a short knowledge about a Model Info Dialog Box that helps you create your model with all necessary details. Different types of settings are categorized in the dialog box. Check the list below:

• Animation: to animate your scene, you can set transition time between scenes.
• Classifications: this feature will work on the classification data and BIM.
• Components: you will learn how to add changes in a set of components in your model.
• Credits: credits let you know the owner of the model or components. You can also Claim Credit to add the license holder’s name to the model.
• Dimensions: you can add text to the model. Follow
• File: this represents the details of a file.
• Geo-location: you can make your model geo-located by adding location through Google.

Besides the above-mentioned options, you can also get features like rendering, statistics, texts, and units. The Model Info Dialog Box has come up with the options that you want to have to create your design more smoothly.

The content describes steps and information associated with the SketchUp Template. You have to have detailed knowledge regarding this particular tool since it forms the base of your design.

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nz_Implode – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Implode, the newest sketchup extension developed by Natale Zappia. This extension is well suited with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

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

The objective of this extension is to explode all the groups and components along with all nested instances inside a selection or the whole drawing.

This Extension comprises of the following two robust tools.

Implode_All: Explodes all the groups/components which are contained in your drawing.

It is mostly suitably for the following :-

• If it is require to clean your drawing or groups/component before exporting them to another application
• While importing outside models which should have been equally cleaned or curtailed to a singular collection or entities.

Implode_Selection: Explodes all the groups/components with your selection parting everything unchanged

It is mostly effective in the following case.

• if you do not want to run Implode_All outwardly inside another drawing in order to defend the rest of your model
• if you require to instantly clean your own groups/componenets of their sub-components
• if your require to clean imported models which already exists inside your workspace.
• As soon as the exploding process is completed, this tool provides you the option of gathering all the loose entities in a new group or releasing them. It signifies that one can both visually reassure yourself that the operation was successful (through outliner) and/or make sure that none of the entities are lost in among the implosion and your consequent command.

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Aluvision for SketchUp – The brand new sketchup extension is just launched

Aluvision for SketchUp is the newest extension available in extension warehouse. This sketchup extension can be applied with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for Architecture, Construction and Engineering sectors..

It can be used for smart snapping and detailed part list functionality with price.

To download readymade Aluvision 3D models from 3D warehouse, click on the following link

To get more information on this sketchup extension, send email to

Watch the following video tutorial for online demonstration.

This plugin is available in extension warehouse

Aluvision for SketchUp – The brand new sketchup extension is just launched

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SketchUp Plugins for Structure TrussFab Made of Plastic

Till date, different experiments and innovations have been made with SketchUp. But this one is indeed the creative one that opens up another perspective of the 3D modeling software. SketchUp has already been proven as an effective tool for designing real objects and its applications go far beyond your imagination. SketchUp has been used as the primary tool of designing TrussFab structure, which is new in concepts and ingenious in appeal.

TrussFab is the system of fabricating a large structure that is strong and tough enough to withstand the human weight. The process has designed a large-sale structure made of plastic bottles where bottles are used as beams instead of bricks. Node-links are used to keep this fabrication settled always, even in loads or pressure. The best thing is that it does not require sound knowledge in engineering and designing.

Phd researcher Robert Kovacs has recently created a large-structured trussFab using the plastic bottles. His team from Human Computer Interaction Lab from Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany has given a complete support to achieve this high. They made an end-to-end large-scale structure which is sturdy enough to stay unaffected.

The use of plastic bottles and 3D printing joints make the things even easier to construct for the team.

TrussFab uses plastic bottles to make rectangular trusses that are called the building blocks for designing a large scale TrussFab. SketchUp is offering TrussFab plugins that allow users to design the structure digitally prior to the construction. This plug-in also converts an existing structure into TrussFab one smartly without your intervention.

TrussFab SketchUp Editors has primitives that are used as building blocks for designing the model digitally. Generally, tetrahedron and octahedron shapes are available for designing trusses. Once the model is complete, the plug-in generates 3D model file for each node, which can be sent to the 3D printing.

With this SketchUp plugin, 3D printer and necessary materials, anyone can try their hands at designing TrussFab. This fabrication of large-scale structure made of waste materials gains popularity across the world. Designers also exhibit their creativity by making different models using the rule of TrussFab.

TrussFab presents an amazing application of SketchUp. Before this, the 3D modeling application has been famous for many creative projects like designing a playground with waste materials. The playground has become a successful venture in distant areas in the world and it earned appreciation from government and non-government organizations.

TrussFab is also gaining publicity as the nascent designers come up with plans to design big structure. SketchUp is the core platform where designers can test their skills virtually.

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How to start modeling with Voronoi Patterns in Sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial is presented by Justin Geis.

In this tutorial, Justin shows how to generate a pattern on the basis of voronoi diagram with the purpose of produce a nice organic shape in sketchup. To produce this organic shape successfully, Justin uses various most recognized sketchup plugins like voronoi, conic curve, JHS power bar and shape bender.

With voronoi and conic curve, it is possible to generate a Voronoi diagram from guide points cloud as well as nice cutouts in those cells (conic curves).

Chris Fullmer has developed the shape bender plugin. It is a nice tool to warp objects over curved paths. With this tool, one will be able to generate curved objects with precise correctness.

It is recommended to work in top view while applying voronoi XY plugin.

The tool facilitates the sketchup users to indicate what area should be suited over a path and the shape bender plugin automatically adjusts the object over the path.

To learn the complete process, watch the following video tutorial.

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Eneroth De-DC-ify – The newest sketchup extension

Christina Eneroth is the developer of Eneroth De-DC-ify. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This 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 and Other.

Eneroth De-DC-ify cleanses Dynamic Components of their dynamicness and converts them into regular components. The role of the plugin is to safeguard your intellectual property prior to deliver a model with custom DCs to a client. It is also useful in case you do not prefer to use Dynamic Components and just would like imported components to perform as normal components.

 Watch the following video for online demonstration of the plugin.
Access the plugin from Extensions > Eneroth De-DC-ify
Eneroth De-DC-ify – The newest sketchup extension
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Easy learning video on Sketchup 2017

Purchase training tutorial DVD on sketchup 2017. Improve your sketchup skills with this video based sketchup tutorial. The duration of the video is 3:40 Hours.


  1. The SketchUp Interface
    Interface the basics for the Windows
    Varations in the Mac interface
    Operate in the SketchUp
    Walk around in SketchUp
    The Create camera views
    Shade the faces Edges
    The Create shadows and fog
    Generate the multiple views with the scenes
  2. Maneuvered the objects
    Select objects and move
    the Scale and the rotate objects
    the Manipulate the faces Edges and
    the Advanced selection tools
  3. the Drawing in the SketchUp
    Basic of Line tool
    Solution: Employing the Line tool for 3D drawing Explosional drawing
    Application of Eraser tools
    Application of Rectangle tool
    Generate rotated rectangles
    Push and pull the faces into 3D
    Application of Offset tool for outline formation
    Draw curved and freehand shapes
    Generate circles and polygons
    Produce smooth and soften Edges
    Application of Follow Me tool
    3D text formation
  4. Measure and the Label
    Application of tape measure tool
    Application of Protractor tool
    Formation of labels with the text tool
    Produce cutaways with section plane
  5. Stay Organized
    Group the objects
    Application of the layers
    Application of the outliner and entity info
  6. Work with Components
    Demonstration of Component window
    Creating components
    Application of 3D the Warehouse
    Application of component options window
    Utilization of Interact tool
  7. Work with materials – application of materials, edit materials and generate materials
  8. Work with Materials on Mac – application of materials, edit materials and generate materials
  9. Work with the textures
    Map textures Interactively
    Map curved objects
    Project maps on curved objects
    Generate a floor plan with bitmap images
    Draw a structure out of a floor plan
  10. Rendering and Animation
    Apply styles
    Edit and create styles
    Export in 2D and 3D
    Basic animation, conclusion and next steps

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Easy learning video on Sketchup 2017

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