Interior Design

PathCopy: Studded Window Valance

I recently helped a training client who wanted to model a window valance like this one: Notice the cool metal studs placed evenly around the border. So I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to demonstrate the PathCopy extension. Actually two extensions are needed here, both by Smustard, both available in the Extension Warehouse: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Filtering Your 3D Warehouse Search

A while back I did a series on finding quality components – picking and choosing from among the millions of models to find something you know will be well-made. Part 1 of that series had a tip about finding models created by the SketchUp staff, using the “author:” search syntax. For example, if I want […]

Another Great New 3D Warehouse Feature: Download Components

In the previous post, I wrote about the new material-downloading capabilities of the 3D Warehouse. Another feature that was added at the same time was the ability to download specific components from a model. This feature is also incredibly useful, though it’s still in its initial stages. Just because something in a model is defined as […]

Great New 3D Warehouse Feature: Download Materials

Did anyone else recently notice this happy little banner at the top of the 3D Warehouse?   I am SO happy they added this. We can now go into a 3D Warehouse model, pick a material, and bring that material right into our current model. Before this, you’d have to download an entire model, extract a material […]

Follow Me and Groups: Part 2 - No Breaks

In Part 1 of this series, I left off with a fireplace mantel. SketchUp’s Follow Me tool was used to drive the mantel profile along the top of the fireplace. But there are some missing faces in the back corners:   So I’m starting back at this point – a fireplace with a 2D face […]