Bezier Surfaces from Curves – The newest sketchup extension

Jacob Samuel has developed Bezier Surfaces from Curves. It is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The extension is used to generate and edit different types of Bezier surfaces out of Bezier curves, arcs, circles and lines.

This extension includes a toolbar and items to the Draw as well as Right Mouse Button Context menus with tools to produce Ruled Rectangle, Translational Rectangle, Coons Rectangle, Ruled Triangle and Coons Triangle rational Bezier surfaces out of bounding non-rational and rational Bezier curves, arcs, circles and lines.

The types of surfaces to be produced (availability of the tools) are based on the number of curves chosen and provided that they allocate common endpoints.

As soon as the surface is generated, the tools will assign you into the editing tool for the surface drawn afresh. If required, the surface is edited according to your choice by shifting the points or lines of the resultant control net or modifying the “weights” of the control points.

Inferencing can be accessed if a control point or line is shifted along with inference locking with the Shift key. If you press the Esc key throughout a move, the surface will be reset to the way it was prior to the starting of move./p>

With the purpose of modifying the weight of a non-end control point, hover the cursor over the control point for which the weight should be altered in order that it is featured in green, put the new weight you prefer for it, devoid of moving the cursor ahead of the control point, and press enter or return to affect the shape of the surface.

Afterward, choosing an obtainable Bezier surface drawn/edited with these tools and applying Edit Rational Bezier Surface or Edit Bezier Triangle in the Right Mouse Button Context menu will also activate the editing tool for the chosen surface.

Download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

This is an excellent video tutorial for sketchup vray users. The tutorial briefly explains how to use v-ray 3.4 in sketchup 2017 along with photoshop to perform interior rendering of a bedroom.

The rendering is done through v-ray asset editor. The V-Ray Asset Editor contains four different tabs ranging from Material Editor, Light Editor, Geometry Editor, and Render Settings Tab. These can be utilized for controlling V-Ray assets and settings.

Asset Editor Button is available in V-ray Toolbar. One can also avail it from Extensions > V-Ray > V-Ray Render and Options > Asset Editor.
Material Editor tab provides information and manages all the materials in the sketchup scene.

Light Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information and manages all the lights in the sketchup scene.

Geometry Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information on v-ray geometry assets in the sketchup scene.

V-Ray Render Settings tab provides controls for the V-Ray renderer.

Watch the online demonstration.

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Getting started in SketchUp

Everyone who is new to SketchUp, this article will help them to warm up their 3D modeling skills. Here you can find an overview of how to select a template, move around the SketchUp interface, create a basic model, and to save them.

After starting the SketchUp, the Welcome to SketchUp dialog box will appear. This box is the starting point for creating any model. This dialog box will appear every time after opening the SketchUP, unless one deselects the “Always show on startup check box. If you want to see the dialog box again, go to the Help menu and select “Welcome to SketchUp”. In the dialog box, one can choose template for the models, license a copy of the SketchUp Pro and also learn more about SketchUp.

With The following contents of SketchUp you will be able to know about the working on SketchUp:-

Selecting a template-Every model in SketchUp is based on a template that predefined settings for the model’s background and its units of measurements. You can select a template by following the process:

  1. At the top of the dialog box you can find the name of the currently selected template. To change the template click on the “Choose Template button” , or click the arrow next to the Template tab. Then you can select any template you like.
    2. Click the “Start using SketchUp” button, after it opens it is ready to start 3D modeling.

Exploring the SketchUp interface- when you want to create your 3D model, you can see a screen that includes the following:

  1. Title bar
    2. Menu bar
    3. Getting Started toolbar
    4. Drawing area
    5. Status bar
    6. Measurements box
    7. Window resize handle

Learning how to use SketchUp tools- As you use it the instructor and the status bar give you pointers on using each tool. If you want more detail see the Status bar.

Viewing the SketchUp Quick Reference Card- It is an easy-to-print guide to all the tools and their modifier keys. You can learn more quickly and efficiently.

Creating the first 3D model in SketchUp –Following steps will help you to create a 3D model first time, you can find them in Getting started toolbar;

  1. Select the person, context-click selection, and select Erase.
    2. Select the Rectangle Tool.
    3. On the ground plane, in the space between the red and green axis, click the Rectangle tool cursor.
    4. Then select the Push/Pull tool and place over the rectangle.
    5. Click and drag the rectangle in 3D shape.
    6. Then simply type ‘6’ and press Enter.
    7. Select the Orbit tool. Place it above the created shape.
    8. Click the Zoom Extents button.
    9. Click Paint Bucket Tool.
    10. Select Colors from the appeared Materials box from drop down menu.
    11. Select Sketchy Edges or Simple Style option to modify.

Saving and reopening model – Select File>Save/Save As. Choose a place to save. Write the File name and save with .SKP

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Checkup to Detect Errors for SketchUp2017

SketchUp is evolving with time to meet the ever-changing requirements of the promising designers. With launching new features and tools, it has made an indisputable place among the existing applications. With a promise to offer a better accessing point and interface, it changes its inner complications to make the application user-friendly. In 2017, SketchUp has launched new software –SketchUp 2017 Checkup – to meet the growing queries of designers in respect to the SketchUp compatibility on windows. This software allows SketchUp followers to know whether their computer system is suitable for SketchUp designing or not. It finds out the reasons why SketchUp is not working on a system so that you take necessary steps to solve them. This application also creates a file which can be decoded by the support team of SketchUp in order to help the users with providing the needed solutions.

CheckUp Running: You need to install the application first to run the checkup on your system. Choose the ‘Run SketchUp2017 CheckUp’ as the last option while installing it. However, you can run the Checkup application anytime with selecting desktop icon button at the time of installation. Once the installation process completes, choose run Checkup button. The result box would appear on the completion of the process that lets you know what factors make problems for SketchUp in your system.

Decode the result:

Success: CheckUp application shows ‘Success’ for every successful test. This means the computer has no issue related to the test the application passes.
Errors:

  1. Error: ‘Hardware acceleration is unsupported or has been disabled on your graphics card. SketchUp requires that you use a hardware accelerated card’
    If Checkup shows such message, this means you need upgrade graphic card driver of your system. It accelerates your graphic card and makes your system compatible with the SketchUp design.
  2. Error: ‘Your graphics card’s OpenGL version is 2.1(changes as per the version). SketchUp requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or better.’
    SketchUp 2017 does not work on the computer having lower than 3.0 versions. To get rid of this issue, upgrade your graphics card driver is the ultimate solution you have as updating drive upgrades OpenGL 3.0 version as well.
  3. Error: ‘Tests that exercise your graphics card’s capabilities have failed.’
    Your graphic cards need to be capable enough to support every task of SketchUp 2017. It must support the rendering function which is needed to display SketchUp models. Checkup application tests compilation of SketchUp GLSL shaders and support of OpenGL framework. If your system has a compilation error in the mentioned checks, then you should think to update your graphics card drive
  4. Error: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp requires 2GB or more of system RAM’
    For having a smooth performance of SketchUp, you must have 2GB or above RAM for your system. Though, SketchUp can run on the system having RAM lower than that. In this case, the application reduces the performance level significantly.
  5. Error: ‘Your operating system does not meet the minimum operating system requirement. SketchUp requires Windows 7 or higher.’
    For SketchUp, you need windows 7 64 bit or higher version. SketchUp 2017 does not permit you to install it on the lower version of operating system.
  6. Error: ‘Graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp requires a graphics card that has 256 MB or more of memory.’
    SketchUp needs 256MB or above graphic card memory for giving you a smooth way of performing SketchUp.
  7. Error: ‘System RAM or Windows Version or Graphics Card Memory is missing.’
    Checkup application shows the above error in case it does not find the proper information it is looking for. Update your graphics card driver to improve the performance.

Warnings: The warning message is given when Checkup passes the test but detects a warning condition. In such a circumstance, SketchUp would run on your system, but the performance would be not as efficient as it generally is. Warning message alerts you to take the needed action to improve the workability of the designing tool.

  1. Warning: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp recommends 4GB or more of system RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp needs 4GB or above RAM for a ceaseless performance. Lower RAM may allow you install the application, but its performance will be reduced.
  2. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp recommends that your graphics card has 1024 MB or more of RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp requires 1024MB graphics card RAM. If your system has one lower than mentioned limit, it informs you to upgrade it.
  3. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a depth buffer that is less than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit or more depth buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    The message is given in a clear way for your understanding, and it also presents what you should do to avert the problem.
  4. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a color buffer other than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit color buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    You may face display issue if you have a color buffer lower than 24 bits. Upgrading of which solves the problem.
  5. Warning: ‘Your graphics card does not support stencil bits. Shadows may display incorrectly on your current configuration.’
    Graphic cards with stencil bits are best to get a proper shadow in your SketchUp designs. If you find incorrect shadow that means you need to add stencil bits for designing purpose.
  6. Warning: ‘SketchUp has detected you are using () when your system is capable of using an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card () .SketchUp will likely perform better if you change your system to use the AMD/NVIDIA card.’
    A multiple GPU system needs AMD/NVIDIA card to run SketchUp application.
  7. Warning: ‘System Ram or Graphics Card Memory or Depth buffer or Color buffer or Stencil buffer information is missing.’
    This message is being shown when the above-mentioned conditions (missing of Depth buffer, Color buffer and Stencil buffer) happen. Take the necessary steps to solve the problem.

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How to install Plugins in SketchUp

This is guidance for everyone who has just begun to explore to vast world of plugins and new to SketchUp. You all can find every possible method for installing plugins in SketchUP. It is trouble free and easy. It is also familiar for the BEGGINER users who use various apps and dig about their computer innards.

There are some of our much known communities driven, like Plugin Index, Didier Bur’s Ruby Depot or Smustard; you can choose one from them. But installing these for the first time it can be little tricky for new users and sometimes it can be frustrating when the things are not clear from the outset.

  1. Installing RBZ files in SketchUp: After the release of SketchUp 8 M2 the clever folks at SketchUp introduce a new file format (.rbz) which made installing plugins a one click operation so that you can install plugins from within SketchUp itself.

Click the Window menu and select Preferences to display a dialog box. Then select Extensionsfrom the sidebar lists to active and inactive plugins currently installed. Then click Install Extension to navigate to the .rbz downloaded file. A warning dialog will ask to confirm to install this plugin and make changes your file system. Click Yes and the installation will be successful.

  1. Installing RB files in SketchUp:The.rbformat is a simple text file written in the ruby language that is saved as a ruby file. These can come in varying complexity. Some are in simple single file that will add a menu item. While others contain folders with multiple files in zipped format that may add toolbar and all sort of goodies. Whether it is about PC or Mac users first they have to select the location of SketchUp Plugins folder.

Mac users need to know that it is a common misconception that the plugins folder is located with the SketchUp package.

With our plugins folder installing any plugin is a simple drag and drop procedure from your default browser download folder location to the SketchUp Plugins folder. If SketchUp is already running just restart it to appear of plugin.

Please follow the link for further details: sketchucation.com

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Yulio launches SketchUp plugin

It is a brief description about the Yuilo Technologies’ newly launched SketchUp plugin that will change the view of the designers and develop their designs.

Yulio Technologies has announced the launch of its new Sketchup plugin, a tool developed to enable SketchUp users the ability to instantly create detailed and immersive virtual reality experiences (VREs) from their designs. These can then be shared with clients or remote collaborators.

According to Yuilo’s managing director, Robert Kendal Yulio’s goal has always been fully democratize the use of VR within A&D and put tools to create VR experienced in every designer’s hand. While developing the SketchUp plugin, they worked incredibly hard to develop a tool that’s 100% accessible to every user s and designer’s transition their work from 2D renders in CAD to VR ready files seamlessly and lightening fast.

It is also said that designers are utilizing the communication ability with clients via virtual reality mediums that begun to grow steadily in popularity as they could give clients a better experienced design than before.

According to Yulio, there are a few tools that can create VREs from SketchUp renders, but it is also said that the entry level costs for these plugins can be up to $600-$2000 for enterprise licenses.

But there is a news also that the downloading of it is free of cost for all Yulio users. The company also said that it was designed to be fast and it will provide greater realism than the previous VR realism while viewing the designs.

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Some handy sketchup tips for newbie sketchup users

The newbie sketchup users will be greatly benefitted by watching the following sketchup video tutorial presented by Justin Geis. In this sketchup tutorial Geis will introduce you with top 10 sketchup tips.

1. Apply Keyboard shortcuts: Every tool in SketchUp is supported with keyboard shortcuts. You don’t require to click on icons to obtain different types of tools in sketchup through these shortcuts. Beside, these shortcuts can reduce your modeling time significantly.

2. Move along axes: It is frequently required to shift objects both up and down and left and right concurrently. While trying to shift an object in both directions simultaneously, your object may not proceed at the desired location. Therefore, it is suggested to shift your objects along the red and green axes initially, then along the blue axis (or alternatively), so that you can get your objects to shift according to your choice.

3. Move with inferencing (Kitchen Example): While moving objects throughout SketchUp, sometimes it become complicated to procure objects to go in the exact position in a 3D space as per your choice. To make this process simple, apply inferencing to shift objects around. Inferencing is SketchUp’s way of helping you move objects around. As for instance, when you prefer to move a table and chairs with the purpose of aligning them with the end of a cabinet – you can choose and shift your objects by holding the shift key to lock along an axis, then move the mouse over the cabinet end and click to set your objects in your desired location.

4. Utilize the 3D Warehouse: SketchUp contains an extensive library of free models which can be imported into your model instantly. Highlight your modeling time on modeling spaces, and download furniture and other interior objects from the warehouse as much as possible to save significant modeling time.

5. Model with groups: When objects do not remain in groups, faces are merged, you have to face problem. If you group your geometry, your objects will not be merged with other objects and you will be able to make modifications instantly and efficiently.

6. Model with components: A component belongs to an object and when you copy it, any modification occurred in one copy will be updated in all the other copies as well. If you wish to have more than one of something in a model, create it as a component. If it is not required to create a copy of something, it will be a group.

7. Use Copy Mode: The move tool and the rotate tool can be utilized to generate copies of geometry. By clicking the control key with these tools active, the copies can be produced.

8. Generate multiple copies simultaneously: Besides, producing single copies, the move and rotate tools can also be applied to generate multiple copies. While making a copy of an object, just type “*” and the number of copies to be produced, then press the enter key to generate that number of copies. It is possible to modify the number of copies by hitting “*” and a new number, then the enter key provided that the tool is still active.

Watch the video, presented by Justin Geis.

9. Generate equally spaced copies among two points (Fence Posts): Besides, producing multiple copies, it is also possible to set an end point, then hit the divided by key and put a number of copies to generate equally spaced copies among two points

10. Apply extensions: SketchUp and SketchUcation both contain extensive warehouses of extensions which can be set up in SketchUp to make its functionality superior. Use new extensions in spite of native tools, to extend your modeling skills.

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10 Awesome SketchUp Plugins to improve Modeling Game

It is another simple description about the SketchUp plugins, where we find 10 different SketchUp plugins, its designing process in GIFs that are in the following link: www.archdaily.com

The following SketchUp plugins are used in various processes and created by experts to make the SketchUp tool more attractive and helpful for architects and designers. They can now use Google locations also to create an appropriate design, the view, basic points and finishing would be easier.

After the successful 6th edition in 2007, SketchUp has become one of the world’s most widely used 3D modeling software products. This success was possible for its intuitive toolbar, interdisciplinary use within the creative industry and for a free version that doesn’t use watermarks. Its open source library helped the software provide a wide range of 3D objects, while hundred of users developed their own plugins not only to solve the problems of each version but also to exploit the potential of their tools.

This article is about the 10 new and really useful SketchUp plugins that will make any design much better than before. Follow the link for the GIFs: www.archdaily.com

  1. Multiple Offsets v4: This plugin creates multiple offsets of selected surfaces in a model. And it is created by Sam D Mitch.
    2. Angular Dimension: It seems very basic and simple and this wasn’t included with SketchUp, but this was actually done by someone who took the time to program a plugin to fix it. It allows drawing angles and calculating on the surface of a volume. It is developed by SLBaumgartner.
  2. Chain alongPath: It is created by 3dalbertsoft, helps to create a helical turbine by selecting a curve and a predefined shape in SketchUp. From a dialog window numerous parameters can be chosen to create the final shape. It is quite useful to define seams, seals, springs, tensioners and cables.
    4. LSS Matrix: It is created by Kirill B and it is used to create a sequence of chained components by simply updating the parent block.
    5. Quad Face Tool: It is created by ThomThom, and it solves one of SketchUp’s major shortcomings that are its trouble working with non-flat surfaces. With this tool it is easy to create figures with continuous edges as topographies, or give a much more real surface to a helmet that was originally reticulated.
  1. Location: This useful tool helps to choose the satellite image of the place where the project is going to end up by entering an exact address in Google Maps. Then, with a click, it is easy to replicate the actual topography of that location.
    7. Sketchy FFD: It is created by CPhillips and it helps to create an invisible control cage around an object. Actually it is a mesh defined by a series of points in its vertices and edges that helps to manipulate the dimensions of a selected object.
    8. Components: It is created by Chris Fullmer, and it allows replicating a component onto a surface. It is highly recommended for designing parameterized facades.
    9. Camer Tools: It is also created by ThomThom, and it offers a series of new cameras for projects’ animations.
    10. Curviloft: It is created by Fred06, and generates parameterized volumes when a series of curves on a 3D model is selected. After creating, it offers nine different possibilities, including the possibility to redefine its final thickness. It is very useful for designing furniture.

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SketchUp Plugins for Ultimate 3D modeling

It is an overview about the using of SketchUp plugins for the 3D modeling. Its variations, installation process, various plugins are described here. There are two types of installation that is mentioned. It is an easy way to design your 3D models, make variations, choose different textures and also get advice from different authors to improve the modeling. It is the best software for new users to plan their designs in a better way.

SketchUp – Best 3D Modeling: SketchUp is a perfect combination of ease and usefulness. SketchUp can be used to stretch, rotate, copy and paint these structures according to need.

SketchUp Extensions and Plugins: SketchUp Plugins is best in the 3D sketching software. The added plugins allow SketchUp to be used in a plethora of industries like education, architecture, engineering, gaming, interior designing, fashion and films, wood working, urban planning and landscaping as well. It can access separate plugins for individual purposes like simple drawing, rendering, animation, text and labeling, energy analysis, 3D printing, scheduling and import/export. These all plugins are available in the current versions and can be downloaded. There is opportunity to explore and know new and well reputed plugins from over 15 authors. It is a complete a devolving software for 3D designs and much more.

How to install SketchUp Plugins and Extensions: To make a designers work even easier there are 2 ways to install SketchUp Extensions.

1) Automatic installation:

  • It is a valid option for SketchUp 2013 or 2014. Go to Window>Extension Warehouse.
  • Then sign into the account to download any extensions of choice, then by clicking on Download option (red button) in the upper right corner of the page.
  • By clicking through the coming up successive pop-ups, the extension will be installed and activated automatically for MAC or PC.

2) Manual Installation:

  • This is applicable for the extensions found in the web; it should be saved the .rbz file in the SketchUp/Tools folder.
  • Then go to Windows>Preferences and select the desired extension.
  • By clicking on the “Install Extension” button at the left bottom of the pop-up window it will be installed.
  • By clicking through the pop-ups the extension will be installed.

3) Tips for Secure installation of Plugins:

  • While installing the SketchUp plug-in the file must be in .rb format. Locate the file in SketchUp tools folder. That will be easy and recommended.
  • Reopen SketchUp to initialize plug-in; check the Menu or new Plug-in at the top of the program to view new plug-in.
  • Correct plugins and extensions will be found in SketchUp Warehouse. As it is powered by SketchUp itself and is the safest place to find the moist compatible and useful plugins. The official marketplace has a huge list of free, premium SketchUp plugins which can radically expand the working horizons of SketchUp software. There are many more advanced and complicated plugins and extensions also those are useful and best.
  • SketchUp 3D Plugins: By using the 3D printing and plugins it is easy to create 3D sketches and models within just a few minutes and few simple steps. The SketchUp plugins are mostly free and also compatible with all versions of software. Minecraft characters, Hellboy Samaritan guns, countless skyscraper and door models are also available for 3D printing.
  • SketchUp Rendering Plugins: Multimensional figures, blending renderings, night lighting renderings, sunlight renderings and much more can be found in this repository. There are several ready to render 3D models, 3D figures, derived models and plugins that can make a SketchUp users day without any added effort.
  • SketchUp Productivity Plugins: There are hundreds of free SU productivity plugins which readily convert SketchUp models to formats which can be viewed by using iPad or iphone. They convert the geometry and textures to .xcs formats. There are other extensions that can help to import models andthen publish it to a Project and share it with Team members.
  • SketchUp Reporting Plugins: These can be used by individuals as well as SketchUp service providers to enhance and include new features. It is also useful for component and model makers.

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How to Improve the SketchUp Skills

SketchUp has been providing an essential platform to the 3D modeling designers for decades. The easy-to-use features and functions made the application one of the most popular designing aids across the world. The intuitive working tools and the advantage of using accessories generated by users, including open source libraries and plugins, solve the complexities of 3D modeling and offer you an understandable way to create designs as per your requirement. Drawing designs on SketchUp is so easier that even children at their nascent designing stage are exposed to the architectural designs.

SketchUp has proven to be a great application for the beginners as its functions are made user-friendly and simple. Due to its simple approaches to the designing, SketchUp has faced difficulties to fulfil the requirements of designers at their advanced stages. Many would consider the application as a ‘rookie tool’ and feel a need for replacing this designing aid with comparably advanced ones such as Revit, Rhino, and AutoCAD. To change the scenario and to hook budding designers with them, SketchUp started evaluating with time by launching new plugins and increasing a greater user interface. With an array of creative and innovative functions, the application is successfully offering organized and efficient ways for making designs more prominent and efficient.

The content discusses on particularities of SketchUp application that allows you to design, adding real and vibrant details easily. The object of the discussion is to make the designing code simplified for you that ensures you to draw your imagination like an expert designer.

  1. 3D warehouse gallery: 3D warehouse comes inevitably with Sketchup as a distribution platform to promote 3D modeling designs. The gallery contains different 3D models designed by other users and it welcomes you to choose the right design for your designing project. This eliminates the necessities of using lines, layers and materials in your design. Thus, you can also reduce the file size.
  2. Place the model rightly in space: Conceptualizing a project as per the real location is a necessary work of an architecture. SketchUp gives you the needed reference of geo-location to analyze your plan according to the location. For placing your 3D model in a particular location, use the geo-referencing tool that can be accessible from window> model information>geolocation>add your preferred location.
  3. Plugins in extension warehouse: Plugins are best to give you a magnificent experience in 3D designing. With each version, SketchUp launches an array of plugins to solve the shortcoming of previous versions. They not only offer a new brunch of features but also enhance the efficiency of existing tools. Solar north is such an extension that allows you to change the direction of solar angle as per your design for adding a realistic view to the details. Sketchy FFD is another extension that looks after the dimension of the selected objects.
  4. Organize and save tool bar: Organizing a toolbar lets you manage and save your preferred options for the next use. It cuts down and offers you a better working environment. The process needs time to select the functions of your choice, but the end result will definitely give benefits in designing things instantly. This lets you perform your work efficiently with giving a keen attention to designs and concepts.
  5. Groups and Components for making editing easier: Using Group proves to be very beneficial in editing. It organizes your models into groups of objects and figures. You can easily change a particular portion of a model without disturbing the rest of the design. Using group in SketchUp needs just a few clicks – secondary button>create a group.
  6. Use layers, but not many: A small number of layers have been enough to control the element on the screen. Hiding layers, which are of no use, allows you to perform work in SketchUp smoothly. In case of importing models designed by others in your project, you need to take extra care and time to delete layers. Deleting those helps you reduce the file size.
  7. Reference point for enhancing accuracy: For creating or duplicating an element from your design, reference points can be handy. It also increases an accuracy of designs and makes your project flawless. For duplicating an object of your design, select the element and choose the reference point in space. Press the control key for activating the copy mode. In case of new element, use ‘measure tool’ for inserting a guide. Click on the beginning of an existing edge and its extension.
  8. Keyboard shortcut: Keyboard shortcuts make you speedy for accessing tool and needed functions. SketchUp has some existing shortcuts, they can be customizable though.
  9. Appropriate Visual style: For adding artistic details to your design, visual graphic style gives the essential effects to your 3D drawing. Agreeing the fact that effects make any design realistic, this tool always stays at the top in designers’ preference list.
  10. Use scene manager to set a view: Scene manager option is for adding or deleting view points as per your project. This also helps you create new camera angles to give your design a better visual effect. For choosing the right tool, Place Camera helps you understand the different camera angles by analyzing camera’s height with respect to the ground.

For further information please follow the link: www.archdaily.com

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