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5 Reasons to Use Google Sketch-Up

written by: Lucinda Watrous•edited by: Brian Nelson•updated: 11/30/2009

Google SketchUp is a free program offered by Google to help you make 3-D artwork on your computer. Read on to find out more about why you should use this program.

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    Why Sketch Up?

    If you are looking for a program to design three dimensional graphics, then here are five reasons you should consider using Google SketchUp.

    It's free. Unlike many of the graphics programs that are commonly used today, Google SketchUp is offered at no cost to you. All you have to do is download and install it. This will save you time and money in the long run, for sure.

    It's easy. Also unlike many of the graphics programs used today, you do not need special courses or a book to learn how to use the pogram. It only takes a few minutes after the download and install of the program to get used to it and get started making wonderful 3-D images.

    Create 3-D Images that look professional without being a professional. With Google SketchUp, you can create images that look like you have used one of those fancy, expensive programs without ever having gone to school to become a "professional" designer. The best part is your images will come out as though you were a professional, which is never a bad thing.

    Add elements of realism without hassle. Google SketchUp comes loaded with textures and images you can use to make your photos look more real than some of the other programs used to design 3-D graphics.

    No registration required. Many of the program you use on your computer, whether you paid for them or they were offered for free, want you to fill out a bunch of information about yourself and the computer you are using for statistical purposes, and of course so they can stay in touch with you and bother you about updates and upcoming releases. While for some programs you may want this infomration, it is not required in order to begin using Google SketchUp. This will save you time and hassle in the long run, too.