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This article will give you a step-by-step guide to making a project on Google Sketchup 6. I am going to show you how simple it is to use this program for creating high quality photorealistic images. The first thing I need you to do is to download and install a free copy of Sketchup 6 HERE.
The first thing you see when you open this program is the canvas. This is where you will create your image. When you first open this program, you will see an image of a person and the X,Y,Z coordinates which represent Length, Width and Height. This is set up so you can get oriented as to how things look. For this lesson, let’s create a dorm room.
The first thing you need to know is what tools you are going to be working with. The tools displayed on the top of the screen are simple to use and allow you great flexibility. For this exercise, we are going to use the following tools:
Arrow: This is your selector tool. It will allow you to select objects without manipulating them.
Pencil: This allows you to draw features in your model. Think of it as your cookie cutter.
Shapes: The two shapes displayed are the square and circle. It’s amazing what you can do with just those two shapes.
Push/Pull: An ingenious way to bring objects into 3 dimensional space. This tool looks like a box with a red arrow pointing up.
Move/Copy: Allows us to manipulate and flip objects. It looks like two red arrows crossing each other.
Orbit: Allows you to change how you view the canvas. It looks like dual arrows crossing each other and is next to the tool that looks like a hand.
Hand: Allows you to move the canvas sideways, forward and back.
Zoom: Allows you move closer and farther away, although you can also use the scroll button on your mouse to achieve the same result. It looks like a magnifying glass.