Landscape Architecture

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 […]

Position Camera: Part 2 - Camera Target

In Part of this series, I showed how to use SketchUp’s Position Camera tool to navigate to a specific view of this news studio. In this post, I’ll show a different feature of Position Camera: the ability to both place the camera and point it at the same time.   Here’s the entire studio – what you […]

Position Camera: Part 1 - Look Around

Anyone out there use SketchUp’s Position Camera tool? It’s essential for presenting your designs, but precious few people know about this tool. I’ll demonstrate using this model, which is used in my new book on SketchUp for Entertainment Design. To download it, click the “3D Warehouse” logo at the bottom of the image below.     […]

Low Poly Models

Even on a fast computer, have you ever had a SketchUp model perform really slowly? In most cases, slow orbiting and the like is caused by bloated models. And what usually causes this bloating is the importing of large models from the 3D Warehouse. (By “large” I don’t mean a model’s dimensions or scale; I […]

SketchUp Artists Styles: Part 2 - Install Styles into SketchUp

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to download a style file from SketchUpArtists.org. When your extracted style file is in a folder on your computer, you’re ready to install it into SketchUp.   Create a Style Collection In SketchUp, open the Styles window and click the Details arrow.   Choose to open or […]

SketchUp Artists Styles: Part 1 - Download Free Styles

So many people don’t know about SketchUp styles. But I’ve seen that once someone discovers styles, they’ll play with them like a kid in a toy store. Styles are used to change how your model appears. SketchUp provides a pretty decent collection in the Styles window:   But when you want to branch out from […]

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 […]