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Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies by [Chopra, Aidan]
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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 www.dummies.com/go/sketchup8fd 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7552 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5Z294
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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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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This is a great book for novices and more infrequent users of sketchup (who may need reminding of the program now and again)
There are a wealth of videos online, by the author, to back-up the teaching in print in a more hands on way, which in my eyes gives you a complete belt and braces approach to learning the program. If you read about a particular method and don't quite understand, you can go online, what it happen and then use sketchup yourself there and then to do it. Sure, just having a pile of vids to watch would be a good way to learn, but having the book means you can read and learn when not at your computer.
I like to read this at night, using little post-it flags to mark sections to watch the next day online or try on sketchup itself.
This book has been invaluable to me for teaching all manner of basics and routines.
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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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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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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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This book is well written and structured well, to bring you from beginner through to a master of sketchup

The online windows which accompany this book - are a great help too.

The book is geared towards and uses architecture for the learning examples, but the author states and as you know, sketchup although heavily geared towards 3D architectural drawings, sketchup can be used for many other things

This is my very first "for dummies" book and I think I have picked a great one.

Congrats must go to the author for his style of writing, and for the thought he has puit into the breakdown of the lessons.
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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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This bok covers many topics and is a useful handbook.
The exercises did not work for me as when I tired to make the interiors of the house separate from the shell of the building lines were still attached and there was no information on how to solve this problem.
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