Landscape Architecture

ApplyTo Extension: Easy Component Swapping

This post made me a little nuts. I wrote it up not realizing at first that this feature wasn’t part of SketchUp’s native tools. I was clued in when I tried to repeat the steps on another computer. Then it took me a while to figure out which extension was being used. It must be that I […]

Reloading Components from the 3D Warehouse

  Did you know you can replace components in your model with something from the 3D Warehouse? I’ll show how with this example. I’m using this model by Daniel Tal – if you want to follow along at home, click the “3D Warehouse” logo on the image below.   Placeholder Components The trees in this […]

Image Trimmer Extension: Part 2 – Face Camera

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use the Image Trimmer extension to make a stand-up component from a PNG image. Here’s where I left off: a face surrounded by hidden edges (over 4800 of them!)   Component Location So we have a couple of issues. First, the man’s feet should be […]

Image Trimmer Extension: Part 1 - Trimming

I had never heard of the Image Trimmer extension until I read something about it on Facebook. So I tried it out and wrote a couple of posts about it. Why trim? I’ve done a lot of projects that involve tracing and trimming, in particular for 3D printing. As an example, here’s a picture of a penguin: Using […]

Hiding Edges: Part 2 - Selection Tools Extension

In Part 1 of this series, I showed a view of a model that had an overload of edges on display, distracting from an otherwise compelling view.   In Part 1 I showed how to get rid of obvious edges, like those along the curved walls, using the Eraser tool plus the Shift (or Ctrl / […]

Hiding Edges: Part 1- Eraser Tool

You’ve taken the time to create an elaborate SketchUp model, and have the perfect view you want to share. And what sticks out – muddy line work and blurred objects, like those circled here. Distracting, in what’s otherwise a compelling view. What’s needed is to get rid of all those visible edges within the various […]

Tools on Surface Extension

I love extensions. And Tools On Surface might be my favorite (along with Soap Skin & Bubble which I’ve mentioned before and will mention again). This is one of SketchUcation’s extensions. See our post on how to get SketchUcation’s ExtensionStore. Why Tools on Surface? We all know SketchUp’s native drawing tools: Line, Rectangle, Circle, 2 […]

Quality Components: Part 3- Podium Browser

The first two posts in this series discussed how to find lightweight, well-crafted models by the SketchUp team, and models offered by the subscription service FormFonts. This post showcases one more resource: Podium Browser. SU Podium is pretty well known as a SketchUp rendering engine. Podium Browser is a collection of render-ready entourage models (trees, […]

Quality Components: Part 2- FormFonts

Part 1 of this series on quality components focused on generic, lightweight models provided by the SketchUp team. This post is about another great resource for quality SketchUp models: FormFonts. The model creators at FormFonts have been at it for almost 15 years. It’s a subscription service, but you can download up to 30 models […]