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New Book: Modeling with SketchUp for Entertainment Design

 If you get 3DVinci’s email newsletters, you already heard about this a few days ago. After 5 long years of on-and-off and back-and-forth, I have an exciting new book to announce!   Click the link above for book details, and to see lots of pretty pictures from some of the pages 🙂 Here’s the story: […]

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 […]

Twilight Render Hobby: Free SketchUp Rendering

Hey, did you know that this our 100th post? Anyway….. I’m not an rendering expert. I like to just click a button and go. Without getting too much into material mapping, shadows, defining lights, etc. For many of the renderings on this blog, I used to use Visualizer – it was fast and easy. But that […]

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 […]

Pillow Model Render

Here we are: the last post in this four-part pillow series. To recap: In Part 1 we made the basic pillow shape. In Part 2 we painted the pillow using an image. In Part 3 we rounded the corners, and adjusted the image to match. Here’s the completed pillow, saved in its own file. It looks […]

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 […]

Skatter Extension: Part 2 - Realistic Trees and Rendering

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced Skatter, the amazing extension that allows you to mass-place objects onto surfaces. Specifically, with Skatter you can create detailed, vast forest plantings, lawns, and similar vegetation patterns. In this post, I’ll show a quick demo of using Skatter to generate a quick mass vegetation planting for a bridge […]