Getting Started With SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D- modelling software that allows you to create and edit the 2-D and 3-D models, particularly by using Push and Pull method. The designer can eject out any flat surfaces into three-dimensional shapes by using the Push and Pull tool. The designer can do this by clicking on the object and then start pulling the objects until you get the desired shape.

If it is the first time of the person to use SketchUp, he/she needs to sign in to start the trial or the subscription. After the sign-in process, a dialog box showing Welcome to SketchUp appears on the screen. This dialog box is your first step towards creating a 3-D model. It is the first window that appears on starting SketchUp which can be turned off in the SketchUp Preference dialog box.

Welcome to SketchUp dialog box provides you with the option of choosing a template for designer’s model, setting the default template, opening current files, browsing for an existing file or here you can license a copy of the upgraded version i.e., SketchUp Pro.

Selection of a Template:

Every SketchUp model is derived from a template. The template provides a pre-determined setting for the background of your model and the measurement units. At the beginning of a new model, modelling can be made easy by selecting an appropriate template with correct measurement units.

The templates can be selected on the Files Panel, pre-defined in the left-hand sidebar. Here, you can select any of the shown templates.

Exploring the SketchUp Interface:

The screen where you will create the model includes:

  1. Title Bar: It contains the options of close, maximize and minimise buttons. It also contains the name of the recently opened files. On starting the SketchUp, until the file is not saved, the default file name is Untitled.
  2.  Menu Bar: It contains a maximum of SketchUp tools and commands within the different menus. Some of the menus are- File, View, Edit, Draw, Camera, Window, Help and Tools.
  3. Getting Started Toolbar: It consists of basic tools used to begin the creation of 3-D models. Additional toolbars can be displayed by selecting View>Toolbars. A Toolbar dialog box appears where you can select the desired toolbar and then click Close.
  4. Drawing Area: It is the region used to create the model.
  5. Status Bar: It consists of two important elements such as tips for using the tools available in the middle and the Measurement box present on the right.
  6. Default Panels: The right side of the screen contains a tray of panels that includes instructors, Styles, Materials and more. This tray appears as and when you open SketchUp, but you can easily close it by choosing Close button.

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