General SketchUp Info

Color by Layer

If you don’t use layers while modeling in SketchUp, you’re missing out. Especially if you create or use complex models with lots of entourage, furniture, etc. Good SketchUp modelers almost always work this way: Keep Layer0 always active. All objects are created or imported on Layer0. If you have any “loose” geometry, make these objects […]

Dynamic Windows: Part 3 – Generic Doors

OK, so maybe a post on doors doesn’t belong in a series on dynamic windows, but the concept is the same. Part 1 and Part 2 of this series showed two different types of generic dynamic windows, great for showing how basic windows look in a space. But my room also needs a generic door. […]

Dynamic Windows: Part 2 - Generic, Adjustable Windows

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to insert a scalable dynamic window, to fill a wall cutout. In this post, I’ll show a different type of generic window – one that has a different options. This window will fill the smaller wall cutouts.   In the previous post I used the 3D […]

Dynamic Windows: Part 1 - Generic, Scalable Windows

I do a lot of SketchUp training for interior designers, and here is something I run across all the time: You have your basic room measurements, and you draw up all of the walls. Then you make the cutouts for windows and doors. Now you want to show windows in the window holes. But who […]

Two Useful Links

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!) […]