SketchUp: 3D basic tutorial (part 2).

2018.03.18, written by Kuna.

Second and last part of the tutorial for the basic usage of SketchUp! 🏡
We’re going to continue building where we left last time so if you missed the first part, check the related post here

Door creation.

We built a floor and three walls. The next step of this tutorial is about creating a door. First of all, let’s proceed with making a hole in one wall (!).

Double click on the wall to start the edit mode. Now let’s select the tool for geometrical shape-making and let’s draw a rectangle over the wall’s surface.

We now use the pull-and-drag tool (the solid with the upward arrow) to push the rectangle inside the wall until it vanishes.

Ta-dah! We (proudly) made a hole into the wall! This is the basic and raw way about making passages into your buildings. Click anywhere else in the screen to exit the edit mode.

The 3D Warehouse (decorate with furniture).

We made a hole and created a passage. To refine our room we can consider to have a proper door. Of course, one can choose to built one from scratch but in the case of this tutorial I’m going to illustrate how we can use the users’ online library 3D Warehouse and download models for almost every object and save time! 

Okay, here again with the language barrier. Simply click on the File menu and select 3D Warehouse > Get models or the equivalent in your version (an internet connection is required).

A new window appears. Let’s write “door” into the browser. We can adjust our search priorities from the AZ menu on the top-right and have, for example, users’ favorite models appearing first. 

I’m going to choose a simple one. When we click on download, the program asks us if we want to have the model directly downloaded into our 3D project. Let’s say “yes”.

The model will materialize in a few seconds! Let’s rotate it and resize it to fit the hole, then let’s move it into it (we learnt how to do all these operations in part I of this tutorial, remember? 😇)

Ta-dah! We have a cool door! (If you prefer, you can first download a door to your satisfaction and make the hole afterwards).

Paint in colors.

As you have probably guessed, you can use the 3D warehouse to look for the other pieces of furniture as well and decorate your rooms as you wish. I’ll leave you the fun, while for the next part we’re going to cover how to change colors and textures. Let’s color that door then!

Lets’ double click on the door once, and then again a second time to activate the edit mode. On the right side of our canvas we have a popup panel. Click on that and select “Materials”. We’re going to choose a texture from the wood selection. Use the bucket tool to pour paint over the door (complex models have the surface divided in several parts so we have to bucket them one by one).

We may want to change the color for the wood. Let’s say we want a white door. Next to the panel where you selected the material you have a further “edit panel”. There we can adjust the RGB values and get the nuance we prefer.

Don’t forget to move around the model to paint the tiniest parts too.

Ta-dah! We got a white wooden door with golden metal handle and tag.

Having your 3D as a lineart.

Least but not last, we may want to have our model outlined as a lineart. Sketch Up can actually render it that way for us.

Let’s browse the Styles in the panel on the right side of the screen until we find some used for the “photo rendering”. Once selected the style applies instantly.

You can have a .png file of your model by clicking File > Export > 2D image. The picture will save accordingly to the style you selected.

Sketch Up basic tutorial ends here. Thank you for sticking with it! 🙇💕

Thank you for reading, see ya!🙌💜