SketchUp Exercise Page 1 SketchUp Instructions Every architect needs to know how to use SketchUp! SketchUp is free from Google just Google it and download to your computer. You can do just about anything with it, but it is especially good for conceptualization of architectural design. The current version (November, 2010) is 8.0. These instructions are based on this version. There is also a professional version, SketchUp Pro 8.0, that they sell online for $495.00. Students can purchase a one year license of SketchUp Pro for $49.00. But I would recommend downloading the free version from Google. The major difference between free and Pro version is the ability of SketchUp Pro to import from and export into AutoCAD. If you really want to import AutoCAD drawings, you could download the SketchUp Pro version for an 8 hour trial, import the AutoCAD drawing, and just not follow through with your purchase. The earlier version, SketchUp 7.1, allows for using a free AutoCAD import plugin that you can download from the Google SketchUp site. However, in order to import an AutoCAD drawing into SketchUp 7.1, you need to first save the AutoCAD drawing down to AutoCAD 2007. The AutoCAD drawing will import into SketchUp as a Group, which can then be exploded down to individual elements, which, in turn, must also be exploded to be able to change them in SketchUp. It is kind of a mess. It’s really better just to redraw the drawing in SketchUp. There are some great video tutorials online on the Google SketchUp web site. There is also an extensive online library of SketchUp premade components which are available directly within the program. SketchUp also plays well with Google Earth allowing you to not only design a building but place it on its actual site anywhere on the earth.
SketchUp Instructions Page 2 1. Open SketchUp 2. If the screen is not set as shown below, make the following changes: a. Turn on the “Large Tool Set” Toolbar: Select the View pulldown menu >Toolbars>Large Tool Set b. Turn on the “Views” Toolbar: Select the View pulldown menu >Toolbars>Views c. Turn on the “Shadows” Toolbar: Select the View pulldown menu >Toolbars>Shadows d. Turn on the “Styles” Toolbar: Select the View pulldown menu >Toolbars>Styles e. Turn off perspective view for the start of the project: select Camera pulldown> Parallel Projection 3. Go to the plan view by clicking on the Plan icon: