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Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies [Paperback]

Aidan Chopra
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28 Jan 2011 For Dummies
Go 3D with Google′s exciting architectural design software for Mac and Windows Whether you need to learn 3D modeling for business or you′re just eager to see what you can create, Google SketchUp and Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies are for you. Available in both a free hobbyist version and a full–featured professional version, SketchUp explodes the myth that 3D modeling software must be complicated to learn and use. This book will take you step by step through downloading and using both versions on both Mac and Windows. There are even video walkthroughs on the companion Web site. Google′s exciting 3D modeling software offers hobbyists as well as architects, engineers, and industrial designers a less complicated tool for architectural rendering, urban planning, set design, game design, and other uses This guide explains both the free and professional versions for both Windows and Mac Covers the basic concepts of 3D modeling and how to build a 3D model, print or share your work online, export your drawing to another design package or Google Earth, and create a detailed set of plans Companion Web site features video walkthroughs Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies gets you up and running with 3D modeling quickly and easily.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470916826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470916827
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You can quickly and easily model in 3D! Get going with SketchUp 8 so you can start creating today Where do you want your imagination to take you? SketchUp will help you get there. This powerful software lets you easily create 3D models, and Chopra shows you how. In no time, you′ll build 3D settings, add textures, create animated walkthroughs, export your models into Google Earth, and more. There′s no limit to what you′ll be able to do! Get to know your components — create SketchUp components to simplify your life as you design 3D models Keep your geometry organized — learn how to use the twomain tools to organize your model and work cleanly Build a model from scratch — import a photo and build whatyou see by tracing with SketchUp′s modeling tools Whip up some style — discover how and where to apply styles, then add shadows for a more realistic look Show off your models — from walking around a building tosetting up scenes with different camera views, find out howto best present your work Open the book and find: What you should and shouldn′t expect SketchUp to do All about establishing the modeling mindset Steps for using components to build smarter models How to model with photographs Methods for working with styles and shadows Techniques for geo–modeling for Google Earth Tips on exporting images and animations How to stay organized with layers and pages Visit the companion Web site at for a bonus chapter and videos demonstrating more of what you can do with Google SketchUp! Learn to: Harness the power of the latest SketchUp and SketchUp Pro features Produce professional–quality 3D models and designs Develop compelling presentations to showcase your work Export models to Google Earth and print and share your designs

About the Author

Aidan Chopra is the product evangelist for SketchUp at Google. He writes and edits SketchUpdate, a popular e–newsletter and blog that reaches hundreds of thousands of SketchUp users worldwide.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not written by dummies 22 Mar 2011
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Excellent value for money. Many manuals are written by people who are experienced with the product and so miss the basics, as with all things 'if you do not master the basics, you will struggle to progress'. This manual addresses those basics.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sketchup book 28 Aug 2011
This book came very quickly (as usual with Amazon) and is exactly as described. I keep it in the toilet and learn a new procedure at every visit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you use sketch up 23 Oct 2013
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I used sketch up quite a bit before buying this book and was finding it quite difficult to use. When I got this book I realised just how limited my knowledge of sketch up was. You can do so much that I didn't realise and this book tells you how and is so easy to follow. Essential buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not dumb at all 27 Dec 2011
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A must buy...

There's nothing more I can say, if you're interested in learning Sketch-up you need this book. It's very easy to follow helped by the on-line tutorials. yes the links are on YouTube but its always good to have the book to refer to. There are also a few points in the book not covered 100% on-line.
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1.0 out of 5 stars necessary images too small to see. 27 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is rendered useless by the digitization process as all of the images that are required to be able to see to work with the book are completely illegible. I really wanted to have this book on my device but had to return it. Why did no one check the quality of this before selling it??
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I was hoping an easy guide would get used by me father, but no, he stills me up first. I had a read, and it goes through the basics in very bland manner. Does what it says on the cover, but in my particular case may be more useful to bang my head against.

I'm not a massive fan of the "dummies" series, they are good to start you off, but quickly you outgrow them. This one is no exception, would be nicer to see link to examples or tutorials included to get you a bit further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SketchUp guide 22 Nov 2013
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This is an easy to use guide for both beginners and regular users of SketchUp. Easy to follow work plans to guide through the processes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not mac friendly 27 Sep 2013
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This book helps me out of so many scrapes, it's ideal for anyone interested in CAD software who wants a free program.

The only problem is that all of the descriptions are for windows based machines and the layout for macs is very different. It would have been handy if there was a single page saying where each command can be found on a mac so you could refer back to it.
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