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Sorry for the posting hiatus! End of summer is always crazy, with kids and vacation plans and a set of books to release. Plus we’re planning some changes to the blog in the next few months, so we’re slowing down a bit (though not disappearing!) in anticipation of that (stay tuned!) In the meantime, I […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 3 – Embedded 3D Viewer

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use the 3D viewer to check out models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. In Part 2, I showed how to embed a model into a web page. In this post, I’ll combine the two previous posts, to show how you can use the 3D viewer in […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 2 - How to Embed

In Part 1 of this series, I showed a few things you can do to check out a model in the 3D Warehouse. That post also had a model embedded right on the web page. (We’ve done model embedding a lot on this blog.) Don’t know what embedding means? It’s placing content from one website […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 1 - 3D Viewer

When you look for models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, you can do more than just see a flat image of the model. The model I’ll use to demonstrate is this one: If you want to follow along at home, click the “3D Warehouse” logo at the lower right corner of the embedded model above. This […]

For You Math Fans: Polyhedral Waltz

I was recently contacted by a math professor I’d been in touch with several years ago. Debra Borkovitz of Wheelock College teaches math to future elementary-level math teachers. And she discovered SketchUp as a great teaching tool for visualizing math. (And a bit of self-promo: Debra found lots of great material in my GeomeTricks books!) […]

Mixing Styles: Part 2 - Combine Styles

In Part 1 of this series, I set up a model with three styles – the default style plus two new ones. In this post, I’ll show how to bring aspects of one style into one of the other styles. Here’s where I left off: a nice interior scene, with three styles. The active style […]

Mixing Styles: Part 1 - Pick Your Styles

A lot of SketchUp users render their models using a separate application, such as Photoshop. But SketchUp has a pretty decent library of styles built-in, with which you can greatly change the look of your model. And a much-overlooked feature is the ability to mix, or combine, styles. I’ll use this interior model to demonstrate. […]

SketchUp Arcade! Debut at ISTE

We took a bit of a posting break recently – summer is a crazy time with kids at camp and (too short) vacations. We’ll do our best to keep posting! One reason for the radio silence is that I spent part of last week at the ISTE Convention in San Antonio. This is a huge […]

SketchUp Shadow Studies

Did you know that you can easily do this in SketchUp? It’s done with scenes. Here’s how I did this example.   Geo-Location First, I needed a geo-located model. This means a model that has a defined location. Why does location matter? Because SketchUp shadows are created based on where the model is. (Place a […]