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How to use Sketchup 


Begin by opening Sketchup. On a PC, Click Start > Programs > Sketchup 2018 > Sketchup, or click on the Sketchup shortcut on the desktop.


After opening the program, you will be prompted with a window used to select a template.
(See Figure 1 ) Typically you use architecture design - foot and inch. You certainly can
Choose another template based on your project.
Figure 1. Opening Sketchup.

Figure 1. Opening Sketchup.
Figure 2. Choosing a Template.

Once you have selected the template, you will be taken to a blank project in Sketchup.
(As seen in Figure 3.)

From here you can select any tool you want to, to begin creating your first 3D object.
Figure 3. Layout.

The toolbar is at the top left of your window. This is where you will be able to choose different paths, what item you want to make. To select a device, click on the one you want.
(As seen in Figure 4.)
Figure 4. Toolbar.
Navigate in 3d
To navigate in SketchUp's 3D environment, use the scroll wheel with the PAN tool.
Pressing the scroll wheel and dragging the mouse will change our perception of 3D space. If the wheel is scrolling, zoom in and out. The left-click mouse selector pulls the viewpoint with the PAN tool. (As seen in Figure 5.)
Figure 5 Mouse


·         Selection Tool:  A commonly used device used for the selection of faces, lines, or objects. To select a face, click once on the face. To select a line, click once on the line. Double click on the object to select it.

·         Eraser Tool:  This tool erases lines. To erase a unique line, click on it once. To erase multiple lines, click and drag.

·         Line Tool: Draws straight lines. Adding multiple lines will create faces.

·         Freehand Tool: This tool will allow you to draw freehand lines. Adding them will create a face.

·         Arc tool: Creates arcs or circles. To create an arc, click once, this will be your focal point. Clicking elsewhere will create another point. From here, you can drag your mouse around and a preview of the arc will appear. Clicking again will create an arc. To create a circle, click the workspace and rotate the arc preview around. When the circle is complete, click the workspace again.

·         Point Arc tool:  Creates arcs using two digits.

·         3 Point Arc tool: This tool is similar to the 2-point arc tool except that it will pivot the arc around the second point.

·         Pie tool:  The pie tool is almost identical to the first arc tool, except that it creates faces instead of lines.

·         Rectangle tool:  This is used to create rectangle and square planes.

·         Rotated Rectangle tool:  Creates rectangles and squares on an angle.

·         Circle tool:  Used to create circular planes.

·         Polygon tool: Creates polygonal planes.

·         Scale tool: Creates ellipse shapes that hold text.

·         Offset tool:  Creates copies of lines at a uniform distance from the originals.

·         Move tool:  Moves selected objects, lines or planes.

·         Rotate tool:  Rotates lines or planes of selected objects using the protractor.

·         Push / Pull tool:  Expands planes into 3D objects.

·         Tape measure tool:  Used to measure lengths of any object or region of space.

·         Text tool:  Creates a text note where ever it is placed.

·         Paint tool:  Used to paint any surface or plane.

·         Orbit tool:  Used to rotate the viewing angle in the 3D space.

·         Pan tool:  Used to pan the camera around the 3D space.

·         Zoom tool:  Zooms in on an area.

·         Zoom extents tool:  Brings zoom back to center of the workspace.

·         3D Warehouse Opens the 3D warehouse. From here you can add user created models to your workspace.

·         Extension Warehouse Opens the extension warehouse. From here you can add on more features to Sketchup. 

Build a basic shape

Once in the 3D workspace, you need to select the rectangle tool to draw the shape.  You can click and move your mouse until the preview is the correct size and shape. Then you can click to close the preview in place. Next, you need to select the push / pull tool to extend the plane in a 3D object. To use the push / pull tool, click and drag on the rectangle face.

(As seen in Figure 6 & 7.)

NOTE: The rectangle tool can be accessed with the R key, and the Push / Pull tool can be accessed with the P key.

Creation of basic 3D Text

To add 3D text to your workspace, you'll need to use the 3D Text Tool. These are available under the tools, 3D text. A window will appear similar to Figure 9. From this window, you can type what you wish as 3D text to say. You also have some basic text editing options as separate fonts as well to align. The important thing to pay attention to can be the completed and expanded checkboxes. You will want to make sure the fill is checked, if it is filled with unsigned text just in blank blank lines of 3D object. You will want to make sure that Extruded is tested. Issued checkbox determines the weather or not your text will be a flat plane or 3D object. The ratings you put into it the box next to Extruded will determine how far your text will go to the z axis. Clicking the location will create your 3D script in the workspace.
(As seen in Figure 8.)

Figure 8 Tools - 3d TEXT

Figure 9  typing Your text
 Once you have hit the place button, you will see a preview of the text. Left click to place the text in the workspace. (See Figure 10 below.)

Figure 10 Final


Combining objects in Sketchup is an extremely important part of 3D Modeling. This is because in Sketchup, if you have two objects or faces touching each other that will be able to fit together. To fix this, you he can distinguish an item, or multiple items to prevent a group from interacting with a touch item. You can also use groups and elements to select multiple objects at once. There are exceptions ways to form “groups”. There are similar groups and elements. To create a group, select the items or faces you want to separate and right-click. Then select Done Group.
To create a section, select the items or faces you want to separate and right-click. Then select Done The compound. A window similar to figure 11 will appear. You can fill in the name and description if you want so that it is not necessary. When you hit Create on the bottom will form part.

Figure 11 Make Component


Saving as a .stl file is useful because it allows you to print in 3D, or upload a file to another 3D
measurement software for additional planning. To save as a stl file, we'll need to install the extension from a warehouse. To do this, follow the steps below:
1. Click on the Warehouse Extension Tool. A window similar to Figure 12 will appear.
2. From this window use the search bar and look for Sketchup STL, or click Sketchup STL from a high-speed Windows extension.
3. A window will appear that describes the Sketchup STL, by right-clicking on it. (Figure 12)
Figure 12 Extension Warehouse

Saving you

Remember to save your work often. Regular maintenance reduces the risk of losing your job. To save
Your SketchUp file, do the following:
1. Click File> Save.
2. Navigate to the location you want to store your document using the dropdown
Menu and navigation window.
3. Enter the name of your document in the Save document.
4. Select a format to save your project from the Format menu.
5. Click the Save button in the right corner of the dialog box.
6. Check to make sure that your document is stored at the intended location.

Figure 13 file save

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