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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: […]

Soap Skin Pillow: Part 2 - Soap Skin Bubble

In Part 1 of this series, we started our pillow model by importing an image and trimming a square to get the pillow shape. Here’s where we ended up:   Now we’ll use the amazing Soap Skin & Bubble Extension to give the pillow its puffy shape. You can get this free extension in the […]

Soap Skin Pillow: Part 1 - Build the Pillow Shape

Hi all, sorry for the lack of posting last week. It was a bit crazy with the upcoming release of a new book – stay tuned for our announcement! I recently posted a four-part series on “Perfect Pillows.” That technique was a bit of a cheat – using a more or less rectangular block with rounded edges […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 / […]

3d printing boat maid mist

Here’s what I’ve written about so far in this series: In Part 1 – a 3D printed bear, and in Part 2, a few 3D printed cactus trees. This post will detail the most complicated of the objects I printed for this project: a customized boat. Maid of the Mist My son, whose state you’ll […]