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Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies [Paperback]

Aidan Chopra
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March 9 2009 For Dummies
Google SketchUp is the exciting free software package that makes 3D available to everybody. Whether you need to build 3D models for work, or you’ve just always wanted to explore 3D modeling, Google SketchUp was made for you. Still, it does take a bit of understanding to get started, so turn to Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies.

In classic For Dummies tradition, Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies gets right to the point so you can start creating 3D models right away. You’ll learn to:

  • Set up SketchUp, learn about edges and faces, use inferences and guides, and build your first model
  • Establish a basic end-to-end workflow for creating and sharing models
  • Model non-boxy objects like terrain, characters, bottles, and spheres
  • Add details like stairs, gutters, and eaves
  • Spruce up your models with styles and shadows to add effects, make objects pop, and enhance realism
  • Use the LayOut function to draw with vector tools, add text and callouts, and print your work
  • Design buildings and objects, export your models to other design programs or to Google Earth, and explore 3D animation

On the book’s companion Web site, you’ll also find a bonus chapter and videos demonstrating more about what you can do with Google SketchUp. Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies also shows you what SketchUp can and can’t do, and offers tips for solving common problems. Add a new dimension to your work today!


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SketchUp brings 3D to everybody! Find out how, and start creating 3D models today

Maybe you need to build 3D models for work, or maybe you've just always wanted to explore 3D modeling. Well, Google SketchUp was made for you, and here's what you need to get up to speed right away. Learn to make buildings and other objects, print your models, export them to other programs (including Google Earth), create 3D animations, and more!

  • Hit the ground running — set up SketchUp, learn about edges and faces, use inferences and guides, and build your first model

  • Develop a workflow — set up basic end-to-end workflow for creating and sharing models with your friends, clients, and co-workers

  • Beyond buildings — model non-boxy objects like terrain, simple characters, and household objects like furniture

  • Take a different view — spruce up your models with styles and shadows to add effects, make objects pop, and enhance realism

  • Create presentation documents — use LayOut in SketchUp Pro to add text, callouts, and images; draw with vector tools; and print models to scale

Open the book and find:

  • What SketchUp can and can't do

  • How to add style to your model

  • Tips for building different types of roofs

  • How to add stairs, furniture, and landscaping

  • Effects that add realism to your models

  • How to build models for Google Earth

  • Ways to solve common SketchUp problems

  • Ten plugins, extensions, and resources to consider


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Feb. 23 2013
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If you want to learn Sketch up, it's the book. As all books for Dummies, this is easy to follow. You get the basics of Sketch up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book Feb. 24 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a very helpful book. I use the printed copy minimally - mostly as a reference, and rely very very heavily on the videos on YouTube, which are excellent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good for teaching yourself April 24 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is fine for adults who want to teach themselves Sketch Up. I bought it as a resource for teaching students in a high school setting. It helped me learn the program. However, the assignments aren't really engaging for high school students. I wouldn't recommend it as a classroom resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for experienced users too. Nov. 8 2007
By L. Quaglio - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a retired professional engineer, architect, and 3D graphics artist/instructor. I have been using SketchUp Pro for about 3 years mainly for creating Earth and space structures that I later import into Daz Bryce for rendering. This well written, light-hearted, and extremely thorough book is an essential asset for begineers and a valuable reference tool for anyone using SketchUp. Computer software manual writers can often times get over zealous with methods and confuse everyone but themselves. Fortunately Aidan Chopra is not one of those people. If you want to draw most anything you can imagine you need to do two things. First download the free version of SketchUp and second buy this book. You will be very pleased with both actions.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - for beginners Sept. 1 2007
By Robert M. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the book because I wanted to get started using SketchUp to draw a house construction plan. I wanted to see what the house would look like in 3-dimension. I reviewed the on-line training files and got a good understanding of what SketchUp could do, but, as one might expect, there was not a lot of "how-to-get-started" information.
The book is well written and easy to follow. It is set up based on a training theory I like, trial and error. The base example is a house sketch with vague dimensions. As you begin to follow the instructions, you make mistakes. You quickly learn how to erase your mistakes and re-start. After a bit, I began to have something worth saving. Once saved, it became a means of re-starting after "big" mistakes.
It is truly a learn-by-doing tool.
I haven't used the book for the more complex features of the program.
I got what I wanted and the price of the book was a small price to pay for the lesson.
I used to use MacDraw years ago on a Mac. This is the best casual drawing tool I've seen since then.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered! Dec 12 2007
By David W. Malcom Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book along with the online videos will get you up and running fast. It's see one, read one, now do one. The online videos are the key to doing the book as sometimes the books doesn't contain all the information for completing the project. So you have to write down the dimensions from the video into the book. This is what I did and I was able to follow along with the book and complete the projects. In a word "excellent."
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this a great country or what? July 31 2007
By Glenn Warner - Published on Amazon.com
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Google SketchUp is free!
This book is $14.99 with free Amazon Prime shipping!
There are 54 Utube video tutorials by the author with another three dozen on the way which are free supplements to the book!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basics but missing some info May 10 2009
By G. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This SketchUP 7 for Dummies book is a good basic intro to SketchUP, but does not cover any intermediate or advanced topics or skills (except it does cover "Photo Match" modeling from photos OK). If you bought his previous book, (not a "Dummies" book) on SketchUP 6 you probably need not buy this book... this is virtually that book, word for word, and picture by picture (It was pretty good too), with just a little bit of new info on things like Dynamic Components. I wish the book went just a little deeper into the topics covered...its a bit too surface in coverage. It also does not cover some entire aspects of both the FREE as well as the PRO versions. The biggest weakness of this book (and his previous book) is the quality of the illustrations. These COULD be very good and helpful. They are primarily screen shots of the program in use. However they are so small, low contrast, and fuzzy that the important info supposedly being conveyed is hard to glean. SketchUP works so easy because of clever, simple use of COLOR, THICKNESS and DASHES etc of lines... these are crucial to use (and see). The illustrations fail to capture these well. As screen shots it would have been very easy to spend a few seconds with each image in a simple image editor enhancing contrast, etc. The writing style is friendly, easy to understand, and clear. IF the images were handled better, and larger, this would be an EXCELLENT beginning intro book; as it is, it is GOOD book.
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