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Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes (Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes)

Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes (Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Holzner
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Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp™ 8 in 10 Minutes


Steven Holzner


Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons you’ll learn all you need to use Google’s free SketchUp 8 to create pro-quality 3D models of practically anything!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information


10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

  • Quickly get up and running with SketchUp 8
  • Draw basic figures with the Rectangle, Circle, Polygon, and Arc tools
  • Create freehand drawings of any shape
  • Incorporate text into your models–even 3D text
  • Convert 2D models to 3D using Push/Pull, Move, Rotate, and other tools
  • Control your view of 3D objects with Orbit, Pan, and Zoom
  • Accurately measure lengths and angles
  • Create construction guides with Tape Measure, Dimensioning, and the Protractor
  • Organize your models into components and groups
  • Paint SketchUp objects in realistic colors
  • Scale your models simply by dragging your mouse
  • Use the innovative Follow-Me tool to quickly create complex 3D models
  • Instantly repeat edges and surfaces at offsets from the original
  • Draw cross-sections through any surface


Category:  Graphics & Design

Covers: Google SketchUp 8 Free Edition

User Level:  Beginning


About the Author

Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, specializing in online topics such as Google Buzz, Gmail, and more. He’s been a contributing editor of PC Magazine and has specialized in online computing for many years. His books have sold more than 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 18 languages. Steve graduated from MIT and earned his PhD at Cornell. He’s been a very popular member of the faculty at both MIT and Cornell, teaching thousands of students over the years. He also runs his own software company and teaches weeklong classes to corporate programmers around the country.

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Steve Holzner, PhD, received his undergraduate graduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD at Cornell University. He also taught Physics at Cornell University for over ten years and is the author of Physics For Dummies, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Physics Workbook For Dummies and Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you need 26 July 2011
For newcomers to Google Sketch Up and for those who don't profess to know it all, this is a perfect desktop companion.Sure the web is full of sites about the tools on Sketch Up but nothing still beats a good concise hard copy of the basic tools and their uses.
It is a pity about the misleading title which may put many people off buying.The book in fact consists of 10 chapters each with around 10/12 sections of 10 minute lessons. This is not a quick 10 minute fix for Sketch Up but a well written 231 page book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier than you think 18 Sep 2011
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A very easy book to read through, even if you are not actually in front of the computer screen using Google Sketch Up at the same time. Clearly set out chapters which build on the previous one so that you progress logically. Well worth the price.Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes (Sams Teach 10 Minutes)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise with plenty of illustration 8 Feb 2012
Clear and concise with plenty of illustrations in this publication. It is a real must if you want to do anything in Sketch-up other than just playing. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Sketchup is a great tool for visualising real projects and making the accurate drawings that can eliminate many silly mistakes before construction starts. I want to make accurate drawings quickly, using experienced users' tips to get the drawing done fast so that I can get on with the real job. Sadly, this book doesn't help.
For me, the alignment and separation of features within the drawing are the reason for having an accurate drawing but the author clearly disagrees. The section headings give the game away: "Creating guides with the tape measure tool" comes late in chapter 9 (of 10) and dimensioning is only covered in the final chapter. Almost any practical Sketchup project is made far easier by the use of guide-lines but even then, you need to know how to align the right part of an object with the guide-line. Once you understand this, drawing becomes far quicker. This is not explicitly covered in the book. For the drawing to be useful, the dimensions need to be visible. Visible dimensions can often help avaoid errors during draughting so it really doesn't make sense to introduce these right at the end of the book.
I bought this because the county library's copy of Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) that I have previously borrowed was out on loan. I now regret not buying my own "Missing Manual".
Sorry Mr Holzner but your book reads as though written by an IT specialist describing what the software can do, not as though written by a practical person describing how to make it deliver useful results.
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4.0 out of 5 stars useful and simple 30 April 2014
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It helped me to get a good start on my coursework at uni, but if someone wants to do it properly, they will need some additional research.
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