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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (4 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118123093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118123096
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I recommend this book without hesitation to anyone who really wants to be able to make SketchUp do everything it′s capable of doing. It′s clearly written, well–illustrated and comprehensive." — Aidan Chopra , SketchUp Evangelist, author of SketchUp for Dummies

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How to get spectacular results with the 3D-modeling app SketchUp While it is easy to pick up the basic techniques of SketchUp, going beyond these essentials requires step-by-step instruction and practice. Architectural Design with SketchUp provides the knowledge needed to move past the basics and take full advantage of SketchUp as a powerful 3D modeling tool. After a SketchUp refresher, this user-friendly handbook covers component-based modeling for assembly, scheduling, collaborative design, and modeling with a BIM approach. It demonstrates the use of plugins for 3D modeling, fabrication, data integration, and analysis (energy efficiency, etc.), as well as rendering in SketchUp, enhancing with Photoshop, and combining with hand-drawn content. It also offers easy tutorials for creating complex geometry using Ruby coding. Architectural Design with SketchUp includes: Easy-to-follow tutorials that describe common or advanced processes and can either be used as presented or adapted?? easily to match your needs Basic concepts and background information located in sidebars for easy reference End-of-chapter exercises for self-led practice work or class assignments Full-color illustrations throughout, demonstrating photorealistic renderings and tutorials Access to a robust companion website containing videos, sample files, and plugins SketchUp is the 3D-modeling tool of choice for architects, interior designers, and construction professionals. Architectural Design with SketchUp is the obvious choice for anyone who wants to make the most of this extremely useful tool.

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By Nicholas Collins on 3 Oct 2013
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Brilliant Book, I have learned so much from it and its never far from hand when working (just in case)
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By PBWDesign on 10 Jun 2013
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Excellent book, worthy of recommendation. This book has opened up much good advice for extending the functionality of SketchUp. Sits on my desk next to my workstation.
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By ulrika on 16 April 2013
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I am a novice trying to learn about Sketchup. This book assumes that you have some prior knowledge. I learnt my basic knowledge by reading 'Sketchup for Dummies' and then this book starts to make a lot of sense. I would highly recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A must own for anyone utilizing Sketchup 28 Nov 2012
By Arch Mage - Published on
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I am a professional and specialize in architectural drafting, modeling and visualization. Architectural Design with Sketchup is a must have for any level of designer, artist, student or architect. Anyone who has used Sketchup can tell you that it is very intuitive to learn and very fun/addicting! Also, anyone using it at a professional level will tell you that its true power lies in its complex and evolving abilities. This book gives a brief refresher on the fundamentals and then dives into many, if not all, of the diverse and functional uses of the program. I use Sketchup every day and I my weakness has been finding and accessing the right plugins for my workflow; this book has a great chapter dedicated to plugin usage along with where and how to find them. I am confident that this book can improve your Sketchup skills, or at the very least inspire you to model and try some new and exciting ideas.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good book - misleading title 11 Feb 2013
By Terrence C. Watson - Published on
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First the good news. This book is well written and very well illustrated. I read the Kindle version on my iPad and the links to various websites made it a simple matter to go to the various referenced sites and return to the book when done. I appreciate the fact that it was professionally formatted and edited - something that doesn't always happen with the Kindle version of books. And I appreciate the author's depth of knowledge and very readable style. It has current references to a great many plug-ins for Sketchup, some of which I am sure I would find helpful. I hesitated to buy the book at first because paying more than thirty dollars for an ebook just seems pricey, but after reading the early reviews, I decided to go ahead.

Now the bad news: I am an architect who designs houses. I love to use Sketchup to develop the design and convey the concepts and ideas to the client with a Sketchup model. I work back and forth between AutoCAD and Sketchup, creating the final construction documents in AutoCAD, but I am intrigued by the possibilities of staying in Sketchup for the final drawings too. But I am not there yet. To me, architectural design is about the creation of the design. This book is primarily about the photorealistic presentation of the design. While I am very impressed with what others do with photorealistic renderings, I have zero interest in perfecting the reflections off of a sphere or programming in Ruby. I share the blame for expecting this book to be about what I think of as "architectural design with Sketchup" because the subtitles gives a hint, but the free Kindle preview - the first part of the book - turned out to be most of what I was interested in in the book. I read it through to the end and was impressed by the quality of the writing and detail, but it was not what I was expecting.

For someone interested in photorealistic rendering with Sketchup, this is certainly a five star book. For me, it was a disappointment.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
De-mystifies SketchUp 12 Jan 2013
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
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This is a great book for the person striving to learn SketchUp. SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool. There is a free version and a Pro version that sells for several hundred dollars.

All the promotion for SketchUp claims that it is easy to use. The couple of times I tried to work with it was like walking into a brick wall.

Having this book before I tried would have been very helpful.

One of the author's first suggestions is, if you are a newcomer, to buy another book: "Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies". This is an excellent suggestion, one which I wish I had followed when I first tried to work with SketchUp. I've now ordered that book.

In the meantime, I am not hindered in developing an appreciation for Schreyer's book, which is intended for basic to intermediate users.

Schreyer takes the approach of explaining what SketchUp can do for architects, which is wonderfully informative for non-architects as well, because it shows what SketchUp can do, which is not self-evident from its promotion. I didn't realize that SketchUp could do photorealistic rendering or that you can use Ruby to script it to produce textures and forms - geometry as Schreyer calls it.

All the illustrations - and there is a ton of them - are in color and clearly make their point.

Overall, this is an excellent book. It opened my eyes to what can be done with SketchUp - when I get a better grasp of the basics. I am not joking when I say, I can hardly wait until I am capable of implementing the author's examples.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Concise yet thorough Instruction Manual for SketchUp 19 Mar 2013
By Steven Koroknay - Published on
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I have come to frown upon fat computer books because they look rich but, they usually turn out to be Kindergarten level, in terms of quality and intelligence. This volume is relatively slender, in color and beautifully illustrated and it is written in clear English, with little techno-babble. It is jam-packed with only useful information on a range of topics including SketchUp strategies for organizing the elements of your model, for eg.: when you should use Groups and when you should use Components; a truly vast discussion on Plug-Ins, where to get them and how to install them in order to pimp up your SketchUp, even if it is only the free version; rendering, Ruby scripting and much more. I am finally in the possession of a salient, perhaps the best manual on SketchUp!
This book will appeal to architects, interior designers, and engineers but, also to youngsters who have a passion for modeling in 3d. Thank you Alexander Schreyer for this wonderful and inspiring book which unlocks the full potential of SketchUp.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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By Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo - Published on
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Architectural Design with SketchUp: Component-Based Modeling, Plugins, Rendering, and Scripting

If you have used Google Sketchup before and are familiar with it and are an advanced designer, this book may be very helpful, and yet it now appeals to and helps the novice as well. As both an architect whose family firm built hospitals, churches, schools and municipal buildings and now in retirement is a professional artist, who sometimes needs structures for background material, this book is excellent. Thus I can say with confidence that you will find what you are looking for in this system.

Ultimate success in using Sketchup depends often on many plugins and this book will be very helpful in that aspect of learning so if you are familiar and experienced with some of the plugins, or advanced enough to learn them easily, you will find very helpful feature because Designers with vast experience herein share their expertise and in that one can develop increased application knowledge.

Most of the applications are displayed in full color here and are of very high quality; they are colorful, well designed and planned and make good sense. It is also good to know that there are numerous Sketchup books set at a variety of knowledge levels which are available right here on Amazon, including Site design and Sketchup for Dummies. Thus whether or not you are an advanced designer there are plenty of choices if you want to play catch-up with Sketchup. However, if you are well experienced with this program and seek yet a higher level of information, this is also a study in advanced use of a fine systems, and in parts is a rather a complex program, which in the past issues of this system may have proven daunting for the beginner or novice, this version, however, seems to reach out to those less advanced as well, as I mentioned earlier.

This is a large format, thicker paged, slightly glossy paperback, filled with excellent full color designs which are of very professional quality, and if you are ready to increase your skills and knowledge, this book will make your presentations sparkle. Therefore, I highly recommend it for the advanced designer, architect, engineer, drafts-person, illustrator, and with due diligence in your application and study habit's, your working skills will shine.

This book is beautifully illustrated with full color designs throughout, and fine quality printing, just the sort of rugged book engineers, architects, and architectural illustrator's and designers need and like.

I give it the 5 stars.
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