SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

This is an exclusive online sketchup course you will be experienced with SketchUp by gathering good knowledge on the drawing, design, and rendering tools available in 2018 version of this powerful software.

George Maestri, a renowned animation industry professional having broad experience as a writer, director and producer, will conduct the course and provide training on navigating the interface, managing objects, drawing in 2D and 3D space, leveraging organizational tools, and dealing with materials and textures on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Besides, gather knowledge on how to perform with recyclable components along with third-party objects from the 3D Warehouse and employ simple styles and animation to transform your 3D projects more polished and presentable.

Topics covered:

a. avigating the interface for Mac and Windows
b. Configuring toolbars and tray windows
c. Choosing and moving objects
d. Drawing lines and shapes
e. Formation of 3D text
f. Computing and labeling objects
g. Applying organizational tools
h. Dealing with components
i. Generating and using materials
j. Animating and rendering your drawings

For more information on the course, go through the following link

SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

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nz_Gradients&Driveways – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Gradients&Driveways. It is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as Mac OS X and Windows platform.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning etc.

The plugin is used to define the necessary gradients & transition zones toward your driveways & vehicular access ramps. This extensions help in computing or transforming gradients into falls (1/distance), % grades or .deg. Visually calculate as well as label a grade among any two points.


Facilitates the users to set global requirements in compliance with your Local Authorities
Indicate Local Authorities and Legal Requirements.

Personalize/Override/Elaborate on the CODE settings to meet your specific needs.

This tool can be applied to draw a ramp to the maximum permissible grade.

If the grade surpasses the permissible grade then the tool will automatically compute and draw an appropriate ramp with the necessary transition zones, with reference to CODE and USER settings. Under this situation, it will also relate priorities the Drop(RL) or the Length with regard to your optional preference.

To get more information on this plugin, go through the following link

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

 nz_Gradients&Driveways – The newest sketchup extension
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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.

Video Source: fluidinteractive

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

Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

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Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

In this sketchup video tutorial, Minh from Architectural Inspirations, presents a useful video that shows how to use shapespark for creating rendering in real time.

The software also facilitates the users to observe their renderings on any browsers.

The video covers the following topics :-

Download Shapespark
Importing the 3d model to Shapespark
Brief description of movement controls
Previewing and baking the scene
Editing materials
Adding lights with Sketchup
Modifying strength of lights in Shapespark
Adding pre-defined views to the scene
Hiding objects from views
Uploading to the internet

With Shapespark, it is possible to generate and distribute real-time 3D visualizations that can operate through any modern web browser as well as on mobile gadgets, devoid of any plugins.

The visualizations are generated in the Shapespark desktop application and then uploaded to the Internet with the purpose of distributing and implanting on websites.

SketchUp is supported via a devoted extension that facilitates to export a model to Shapespark without any difficulty.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

To watch online demonstration, go through the following video.

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

To download a 30-days free trial version, visit the website.

Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

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nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia develops nz_ConvertMe, the newest extension available in extension warehouse.

The extension can be used for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to compare with component Identity, it is also applicable for the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa. The plugin supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

nz_ConvertMe: This extension allows for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to tally a previously selected Component Identity, it also facilitates the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa.

With this plugin, the users will be able to remove various tedious steps by obtaining the desired end result directly.

The plugin offers the following exclusive feartures :-

ConvertMe To Components: Transform all groups inside a selection into individual components. Remember that the axes are now put to world axes as is normally the case inside the Sketchup Environment. The components which prevail previously inside the selection will stay intact.

ConvertMe To Groups:
Transforms all components inside a selection in to groups

Extract ID
Extracts the Component ID according to your choice while transforming future Components or Groups

Apply ID
Transforms all Groups and Components inside a selection that is equivalent to the Extracted ID

Link to download this sketchup extension

nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

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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.

How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

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Meedek Truss Plugin – Online demonstration to create trusses into your sketchup model

This sketchup video tutorial is based on Medeek Truss Plugin. Learn how to use this plugin for creating nice trusses within your sketchup model (provide roof truss framing onto model) quickly and smoothly.

The plugin can automate the process to generate the geometry of the trusses.

It arranges a simple interface for producing precise 3D truss and roof geometry inside SketchUp. This plugin applies the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface. The plugin is well matched with the most updated versions of sketchup like (SketchUp Make 2017 64-bit and SketchUp Pro 2017 64-bit) together with the earlier versions (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

The plugin is specifically designed for architects, engineers, designers and homeowners who are applying SketchUp as their prime 3D design tool.

The plugin facilitates the user to make a series of trusses by just choosing three points which create the bounding rectangle (bldg. width x bldg. length) of the truss array. The number of trusses is automatically computed on the basis of the on center spacing and the building length.

The plugin is combined with the Medeek Beam Calculator and can automatically load the design parameters from SketchUp so as to verify bending, shear, bearing and deflection for typical North American glulam beam sizes.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

Meedek Truss Plugin – Online demonstration to create trusses into your sketchup model

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How to set up light for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup

In this construction video tutorial, Minh from Architecture Inspirations, briefly explains the method to arrange the lighting perfectly for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup.

The step-by-step methods include the followings :-

Trace your main light source
Modify camera settings

Improve the Sunlight
Lighten dark shadows
Modify sun settings

Notes :- Render settings are very crucial and there exist various rendering conditions like interior shots, dusk shots, and daytime shots which need diverse setups.

In V-Ray for Sketchup, the V-Ray interface runs within Sketchup. Different things like the sun, cameras, and materials are associated with each other among the two programs. If the sun angle in Sketchup is modified, the sun angle in V-Ray will also be changed.

Usually, the sun angle should be modified in Sketchup to set the shadows in proper position prior to move to V-Ray. The Sketchup scene that is going to be rendered in V-Ray should be saved by going to “View>Animation>Add Scene”.

It is very useful while overlaying Sketchup image exports on top of the V-Ray renderings or it is required to render the similar view subsequently.

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

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

How to set up light for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup

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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.

How to start modeling with Voronoi Patterns in Sketchup

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