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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How to perform version control in sketchup with trimble connect

This exclusive sketchup video is the part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchup video tutorial, you will learn how to perform version control in sketchup with the help of Trimble Connect.

Version control means how you track diverse versions of your files as they develop.

Trimble Connect offers a new way for designers, builders, owners and operators to collaborate, share, view project information as well as control the latest project documents, photos, drawings and 3D models via the cloud over the design, build and operate stages of a project.

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

How to perform version control in sketchup with trimble connect

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Curic Align – The newest sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

Curic Align is the newest sketchup plugin that is available in extension warehouse. This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

The plugin will be very effective for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

This sketchup plugin can be used to align one or more elements as follow :-

– Align objects with the faces/axes of BoundingBox (Left – Center – Right).
– Align to edge, face, section plane.

– Ctrl = copy
– Shift = Move from point to plane

In order to download Curic Align, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Watch the following video tutorial for online demonstration of the plugin.

Curic Align – The newest sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

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Some useful tips to enhance your rendering in v-ray 3.6 for sketchup

In this exclusive sketchup video tutorial, Mint from architectural inspiration, provides following handy tips which are useful for making more realistic rendering in v-ray 3.6 for sketchup.

1. Use surface imperfections – If the objects in your renderings appear to be very clean or accurate, it will seem a little unrealistic.

So, it is necessary to include some surface imperfections to the materials in your model.

2. Bevel your edges –Any accurate 90 degree edge exists in the real world. While viewing some objects having sharp corners and magnifying closer, a curvature or smoothness to that corner will be visible.

In computer graphics, this straight lines and sharp edges prevail by default. In order to check this, beveling or rounding the corners of your objects are recommended when required.

3. Use ambient occlusion – Ambient Occlusion alias AO stands for a shading process that allows you to generate soft shadows in cracks and crevices in any 3D objects while indirect lighting is thrown out into the scene.

Ambient Occlusion can provide more depth and definition to the geometry as well as more realism into your scene.

To learn how these are applied to a scene, go through the following video tutorial.

Some useful tips to enhance your rendering in v-ray 3.6 for sketchup

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2018 SU2XL – The newest sketchup extension

2018 SU2XL is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It is accessible in English and French languages.

The sketchup users can apply this extension to interchange data among sketchup and excel.

The extension contains two tool bars SU2XL toolbar and WATTRIBUTES toolbar.

SU2XL toolbar:

With this tool, it is possible to export SketchUp entity (line, surface, volume) data to Excel or a csv file as well as import some data from excel (or a csv file) to SketchUp.

WATTRIBUTES toolbar:

It is possible to include personalized pieces of information to the entities. It’s valuable to recognize the entities exported by SU2XL to a worksheet.

This extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

For demonstration, watch the following video.

2018 SU2XL – The newest sketchup extension

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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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How Accurate Are SketchUp Shadows?

Shadows add a real essence to your design. The same is true for your 3D modeling also. SketchUp, being the most popular 3D modeling design application, has come up with different shadow effects required for creating the environment as per the sun movement. Now the question is – how accurate are SketchUp shadows? The application follows a general rule and helps you add shadows the way the sun casts naturally. Mimicking the real-world shadow is not easy. But, SketchUp allows you to observe how the real shadow enhances the visibility of an object.

With SketchUp, you can calculate the best angle for adding shadows to your design. Below are a few features that are commonly available in the application.

• The latitude and longitude of a model.
• Cardinal orientation (north, south, east or west) of a model.
• Time zone selection

The shadow feature of SketchUp only brings out the general rule of how the Sun casts a shadow as per the geo-location. Since you cannot adjust time in the application, getting the right show effect is a bit difficult.

To add shadow effects to your design, you must put your model in geo-location. In SketchUp Pro 2017, you can easily import terrain to your design with the Add Location Tool. The steps can be done manually, as well. Follow the steps below:

Window > Model Info > Geo-location > Set Manual Location > Latitude and Longitude

Once you make your model Geo-located, the sun creates shadow naturally on your model. It creates your design more realistic. How to turn on Shadow in SketchUp:

SketchUp turns off shadow feature by default because shadows are consuming more computer processing ability. You can turn on shadow manually by following the steps: View > Shadow

To get a complete control over the tool, open the shadow feature on a default tray and customize everything that is needed. To add the time of the day, you can either drag the time slide along the timeline or insert a time in the time box. Steps will be the same for adding a month and day – dragging the date slide or inserting the date in a date box.

Customize shadow:

Besides the above-mentioned tips, there are a few things that help you customize the shadow attributes the way you want. The tips are given below:

• In the upper left is a display shadow button for switching the shadow effect between on and off.
• The time-zone tab allows you to select a new time zone. If the design is geo-located, the time showing in the model is accurate.
• The light slider is for changing the intensity of the light. This way, you can lighten or darken your model.

• The Dark slider is controlling the intensity of the shadow.
• On Face slider helps you cast the shadow of the one face on the other face logically.
• On Ground slider is for casting a shadow on the plane ground.
• From edges denotes the edges of the face can cast a shadow.

The SketchUp Shadow tool is amazing to use as you can change the effect of shadow as per the movement of the sun. All advanced functions along with the basic ones will help your make your design as much real as required.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

How Accurate Are SketchUp Shadows

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How to make complex shapes with various skethchup plugin

n this sketchup video tutorial, you will learn how to generate complicated shapes with the use of different types of sketchup plugins like Extrude Tools, Flowify, Mirror, Split Tools, Vertex Toos, JHS POWERBAR. All these plugins are available in SketchUcation Plugin store and extension warehouse.

Extrude Tools – A series of toolset which can be used for extruding edges into meshes etc.

Flowify – A powerful extension that twists groups or components along a quad surface. The source geometry is associated with a projection grid and the geometry is then mapped onto a quad target surface.

Mirror – Mirror the selected objects by choosing 1/2/3 points to describe a point/line/plane: then select to retain/eliminate the original objects.

Split Tools – Integrates the Split-Donut, Split-Sausage and SplitUp tools into a single toolbar of face splitting tools.

Vertex Tools – Manage each vertex with this vertex editor for SketchUp. Soft selections are obligatory organic modelling and the manipulator gizmo provides you great control at the time of modelling.

JHS POWERBAR – This tool is unique in that it’s actually a collection of powerful extensions from other developers, like TIG, Thom Thom, Rick Wilson, Christina Eneroth, and more.

Watch the video to learn the process for producing complex shapes with skethup.

Video Source: Tutorials Up

How to make complex shapes with various skethchup plugin

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Using Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp

The Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp is used in SketchUp to scale or measure between the points and also it is useful to create construction lines. This construction lines are work as referral geometry in SketchUp. Users can also re-size any group or the whole model by using this Tape Measure Tool. In SketchUp, along with Tape Measure Tool, the Protractor tool and the Measurements box are allowed to model accurately different things, those are:

a. Tape Measure Tool is used to scale a distance and fix exact guide lines or points.
b. The Protocol Tool can use to scale angles and fix an exact angled guide line.
c. The Measurements box waits to accept an exact value after using any kind of tool.

Under the Tape Measure Tool the things can find are:

a. Getting Started Toolbar
b. Construction Toolbar
c. Large Tool Set Toolbar
d. Tools menu on the menu bar
e. Tools palette

Raylectron Render – The newest sketchup plugin

SoftByte Labs, Inc develops Raylectron Render, a user-friendly and photorealistic rendering and animation plugin for sketchup to transform any 3d models into a photo-realistic image.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018 as well as windows platform.

Raylectron facilitates the professional artists, hobbyist or anyone who produce 3D designs and wishes to convert their models into photorealism presentations, and/or to observe their models in 3D stereo just as they were real.

Raylectron includes all the settings to modify the output, as a result, no other software is necessary for executing the task.

With the help of material, it is possible to provide diverse effects for materials. It ranges from reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Generate your individual grass & fur. Shadows are not fraudulent or simulated like “Soft shadows”. Caustics are also real, not fraudulent or simulated.

Make your own animation that offers you a hands-free tour of a model.

Raylectron employs all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render at a rapid speed and new GPU version available.

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

To know it’s features and download the plugin from extension warehouse, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Raylectron Render - The newest sketchup plugin

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