Monday, November 20, 2017

How to Create and Use SketchUp LayOut

Working with SketchUp LayOut allows you to maintain a smooth flow of designing. The options and features creatively carve out your designing instinct. When you open SketchUp LayOut, two dialog boxes will generally appear – Tip of the Day and Getting Started.

Getting Started Dialog box contains different templates of your LayOut document, and it comes up with options required for adding features and functions easily to your design. There is a template always on which a Layout is based. Storyboards and title blocks are also there in LayOut. Other than this, you can also prepare a layout adding your preferences.

SketchUp lets you customize every detail in template so that you can enjoy a spontaneous designing. After choosing a template, you can modify features like paper size, margins, and units. Once you modify every necessary detail in the template, you save it giving a particular name of your file.

Choosing a template: For every new LayOut document, you need to select a template from the Getting Started dialog box. There are options like graph paper, plain paper and story board that assist in you choosing the right one. You can also change the template later while designing from the template setting box. The list below mentions details of the content.

Select a default template: there are three categories carrying templates with different measurement and looks. Under the ‘New’ tab in the Getting Started dialog box, you will get options:

• Paper: common paper sized templates are listed in the category. You can easily get letter landscape or A4 size as per your requirement. Papers have portrait or landscape orientations and they have also come up with grid paper and plain paper options.
• Storyboard: if you are designing for a storyboard, you can get three preset boxes for defining the functions like angles, features and views of a 3D model.
• Titleblock: there are several titleblock types to choose from. Common style includes modern, rounded, simple and traditional forms.

Select your own template: My Template option helps you work on your preferred template option. The template that you create is the foundation of your LayOut project.

Open an existing document: this feature brings many advantages for your designing purpose. You can easily open an existing document in LayOut.

Paper Setting: Modification is a common step after creating your LayOut. The Document Setup dialog box contains the needed options allowing you to make new changes as per your designing concept.

Paper Setting: In the document setting dialog box, you find options that help you change the document area you are working on. The most common paper setting is done by modifying an area’s size, orientation, margins, colors, and rendering quality. Below is an introduction of the features in a paper setting dialog box.

• To customize the setting, you can insert the value of width and height of the paper. There are two options available for the shape – landscape and portrait. The color swatch option will take you to the color picker where you can choose color that is required for your document. For getting color printouts or PDFs of your design, you must select the Print Paper Color Checkbox.
• To change margins of your document, you need to select the margin check box. By default, margins are not visible in the document. Input the values for left, right, top and button margins.
• You can also opt for the high rendering resolution with choosing high, low or medium resolution quality for your design. Both input and output resolution can be adjusted in SketchUp.

How to Create and Use SketchUp LayOut

Unit Setting: Unit setting helps you in measuring the design in your preferred unit. To modify the units of your design, you need to click File and choose the Document Setup option. Select Units for changing the measurement.

Save LayOut Document: Save LayOut document before you add loaded works to it. The LayOut saving follows steps the same as you do to save other files (File > Save or File>Save As).

The content offers you an insight of the LayOut option in SketchUp. You can create any documents using the above-mentioned steps. You must visit help.sketchup.com for more information.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Eneroth De-DC-ify – The newest sketchup extension

Christina Eneroth is the developer of Eneroth De-DC-ify. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking and Other.

Eneroth De-DC-ify cleanses Dynamic Components of their dynamicness and converts them into regular components. The role of the plugin is to safeguard your intellectual property prior to deliver a model with custom DCs to a client. It is also useful in case you do not prefer to use Dynamic Components and just would like imported components to perform as normal components.

Watch the following video for online demonstration of the plugin.
Access the plugin from Extensions > Eneroth De-DC-ify extensions.sketchup.com


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Friday, November 17, 2017

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, demonstration is given on new V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp comprises of some advanced features like fast-paced GPU rendering, smart hybrid rendering, a efficient UI, viewport rendering, VRscans support, and lots other. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018.


Given below, some exclusive features of this latest version :-
VIEWPORT RENDERING: New viewport rendering facilitates the users to simply choose and render several regions simultaneously, and instantly intermingle among V-Ray render and SketchUp model with +/- hotkeys to manage opacity.
STRONG GPU RENDERING: Rapid, more strong GPU rendering with additional support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.
HYBRID GPU+CPU RENDERING: With V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA, the users can reap the complete benefit of all existing hardware along with CPUs and GPUs.
ADAPTIVE LIGHTS: For scenes which contain adequate lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can allow minimizing render times by up to 700%.
SMART UI: The complete V-Ray for SketchUp interface now becomes cleaner and easier, with superior support for 4K monitors.
FILE MANAGER: Organize all of your scene files under one position. Arrange file paths, form scene archives, and monitor assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
V-RAY COLOR PICKER: With the addition of new color picker, it makes it possible to choose color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.
V-RAY SCENE IMPORT: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications like 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit
To view online demonstration of V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, watch the following video tutorial from Chaos Group.
Download Sketchup Pro 2018

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

CLF OnScreen Display – The newest sketchup plugin

The renowned plug-in developer Chris Fullmer has created CLF OnScreen Display, the newest sketchup plugin that is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This script demonstrates the position of cursor and screen as well as the name of the chosen component. If there does not exist any chosen component, it labels what is selected (group, face, edge, 3d polyline, etc).

This tool can be activated from Plugins> OnScreen Display. After moving the cursor, left click and hold the mouse to obtain the OnScreen Display. When a component is chosen, it will demonstrate the instance name and the definition name. The definition is what is normally viewable in the component browser.

Watch the following video for online demonstration of the plugin.



The plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to create a moving animation of a construction site

This is an exclusive sketchup video tutorial presented by Justin Geis. In this tutorial, Justin teaches you how to produce a construction model as well as make a moving construction jobsite animation with sketchup.
The construction jobsite is modeled with PlaceMaker, a powerful sketchup extension and the animation is done with animator, a script used for creating animation of sketchup models.
PlaceMaker – This sketchup plugin is developed by Whaat. It can be used for building 3D city quickly. With this plugin, it is possible to include instant context to your models by importing OpenStreeMap roads, buildings, paths, water bodies, trees and high resolution aerials. It is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.
Link to download the plugin extensions.sketchup.com
Animator – It belongs to a script that facilitates the animation of Sketchup models. Fredo 6 has developed this free sketchup extension. The plugin comes with a parametric, interactive framework to manage the movements of objects and cameras along a timeline. Animator creates videos in different formats.
The plugin is available in extension warehouse under Tools > Fredo6 Collection > Animator
Watch the following video to learn the complete process.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Eneroth Align Face – The newest sketchup plugin

Christina Eneroth has developed Eneroth Align Face. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin is designed for different type of industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other.
This tool arranges faces in a line to provided planes. The plugin will be mostly effective in some cases where the native Move, Rotate or Push/Pull Tools can’t function because of connected faces.
Turn on the tool from Extensions > Eneroth Align face or its toolbar. Click a face to be aligned and then click the face to align it to. Just suppress Shift to lock the orientation if it is required by the face to be plane-parallel to a specific face, e.g. retain its own orientation, but arranged elsewhere.
It is also possible to provide a perfect dimension to offset the plane of the face. Every time, when a face is aligned to a plane-parallel plane, either by providing a perfect distance or by selecting a point in the model, the offset distance is memorized and re-used in a different place with the double click of the mouse. To offset in opposite direction, hold Shift at the time of double clicking.
The plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

Jacob Samuel has developed Bezier Surface of Revolution. This newest sketchup plugin supports SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin can be used for numerous sectors like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.


This extension is applied to generate generate and edit Bezier surfaces of revolution with the use of Bezier curves, arcs, circles & lines as the profile.
This extension includes items to the Right Mouse Button Context as well as Draw and Edit menus with tools to generate and edit different types of surface of revolutions including spheres, hemispheres, domes, cones, torus etc.

The draw tool, "Bezier Surface of Revolution", is available in the Right Mouse Button Context and Draw menus on choosing a Bezier curve(nonrational or rational), arc, circle or line on the XZ/Red Blue/Front/Back plane as the profile curve. As soon as the surface is formed, the tool brings you in the editing tool for the surface drawn afresh.


If required, the surface will be editable for customizing it according to your choice by shifting the points or lines of the resulting control net or modifying the "weights" of the control points. The edit tool will be turned on subsequently by choosing the surface and "Edit Rational Bezier Surface" from the Right Mouse Button Context or Edit > Group menu.
Download the extension from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

Jacob Samuel has developed Bezier Surface of Revolution. This newest sketchup plugin supports SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin can be used for numerous sectors like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.


This extension is applied to generate generate and edit Bezier surfaces of revolution with the use of Bezier curves, arcs, circles & lines as the profile.
This extension includes items to the Right Mouse Button Context as well as Draw and Edit menus with tools to generate and edit different types of surface of revolutions including spheres, hemispheres, domes, cones, torus etc.
The draw tool, "Bezier Surface of Revolution", is available in the Right Mouse Button Context and Draw menus on choosing a Bezier curve(nonrational or rational), arc, circle or line on the XZ/Red Blue/Front/Back plane as the profile curve. As soon as the surface is formed, the tool brings you in the editing tool for the surface drawn afresh.
If required, the surface will be editable for customizing it according to your choice by shifting the points or lines of the resulting control net or modifying the "weights" of the control points. The edit tool will be turned on subsequently by choosing the surface and "Edit Rational Bezier Surface" from the Right Mouse Button Context or Edit > Group menu.
Download the extension from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com
Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Demonstration of extrude tools in sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial aims to demonstrate the functionality of extrude tools, a useful sketchup plugin developed by TIG.
This plugin combines different types of toolset (11 tools) which can be used to extrude edges into meshes. The plugin can generate complicated meshes on the basis of profiles and pathes. This plugin supports all the version of sketchup except sketchup 2017.
Extrude Tools facilitates various lofting-type operations which should be accomplished rapidly and easily. The plugin is ideal for organic shapes modeling.
To get access to this plugin, go to Plugins --> Extrusion Tools.
Click on the following link to download the plugin sketchucation.com
Watch the following video for online demonstration.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Eneroth Solid Tools (Pro Only), the latest inclusion in extension warehouse

Julia Christina Eneroth has developed Eneroth Solid Tools (Pro Only). This skethup plugin combines different types of tools like solids union, subtract and trim. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It can be used for 3d printing, drawing and productivity.

Union: Attach one solid group or component to another.
Subtract: Subtract one solid group or component from another.
Trim: Trim away one solid group or component from another.



When you activate the tools with two or more solids chosen, the plugin assumes the largest one as the primary (the one to retain but rectified) and the lesser one refers to the secondary ones that defines how the primary one is rectified.
If the tool is turned on with no selection you'll be requested to click each solid, initially the primary one and then any number of secondary ones applied to rectify it.
The primary solid will retain its layer, material, attributes as well as ruby variables indicating at it unlike how native solid tools function. Layers and attributes of entities within both of the solids will also be maintained.
For more information, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com
Eneroth Solid Tools (Pro Only), the latest inclusion in extension warehouse
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to create exterior lighting in night time with v-ray’s sun and sky system

Chaos Group presents an exclusive video tutorial that shows in detail how to transform a day time render into night time shot quickly with the use of V-ray’s sun and sky systems.


The VRaySun and VRaySky are considered as the special features provided by the V-Ray renderer to perfectly demonstrate the sun and sky for easy reaction. These are created to work simultaneously for reproducing the real-life Sun and Sky environment of the Earth by reacting to the angle and direction of the sun. Both are coded so that they change their appearance depending on the direction of the VRaySun.
With the purpose of accessing the sun location, Click "Windows" from the main menu, choose "Model Info", then choose "Location". to opt for a location of the sun. The time and the day should be perfectly controlled in the "Shadow Setting".
The VRaySky texture map is normally applied as an environment map to facilitate simulating outdoor lighting. The texture can modify its appearance depending on the location of the VRaySun, that is usually employed together with the V-Ray Sun and Sky System.
To apply the sun perfectly, it is essential to use it along with the Physical Camera. The Sun itself is enormously bright, and to keep the characteristics of the model, the sun should be retained nearly to its proper intensity.
To prevent the extreme brightness of the sun it is necessary to generate a perfect exposure of a scene with the physical camera. The physical camera can also allow to detain the exact colors of the sky efficiently.
To get more detailed, watch the following video tutorial.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

How to produce a realistic interior rendering – Some useful tips by Minh

Minh from Architecture Inspirations provides some handy tips (10 tips) to transform your interior rendering process to the next level with v-ray 3.4 for sketchup.


For making a good design, it is necessary to get better idea or conception. For this purpose, do some online research. You can create your own library with high resolution image. You can visit some good sites like houzz, pinterest etc.
Always try to employ superior quality components. It is recommended to download 3d components from 3d warehouse or utilize 3d warehouse tool to search for images directly from sketchup.
Be careful about the scale of your objects. Ensure your objects remain at perfect scale while going to import objects into your scene. If the objects are too big or too small, your rendering may become unrealistic.
It is suggested to apply premium materials. High quality materials are better than low quality materials as they have superior resolution. Premium materials comprises of various maps so that your mateirls appear to be more realistic at the time of rendering.
Avoid applying wide angle shot. This type of shot is used to capture everything in scene but it may cause a bad composition where viewers become confused regarding what to focus on. So, it is advisable to employ tighter frame for the composition of your scene.
Besides, adding light for lightening the scene, also use the camera settings for this purpose. It is suggested to apply render elements to your final output prior to render.
Utilize VFB window to edit your image if you don’t have photoshop or other image editing software installed.
For having detail shot of your scene, consider employing depth of field.
If you utilize photoshop for post production, then it is advisable to apply Nik collection plugin in photoshop to get better result.
To get more detailed, watch the following video tutorial.


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

nz_RunningTape – The newest sketchup plugin

Natale Zappia is the developer of nz_RunningTape for sketchup. This newest sketchup plugin that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as Mac OS X and Windows platform.

The plugin can be used to find running dimensions along a path (or an optional post to post measurement). It is suited for anyone who wants to find out the travel distances. As for instance the architects while dealing with fire safety.

Running Tape comprises of the following features :-
Selectable Colours: Simplify recognize paths
Start Point: It is used while searching alternate paths from a specified point or point of choice in direction.
Node Size: Marks start position & important points.
Text: z-Value: Useful for managing the perceptibility of dimensions.
Alarm(1/2): These options are ideal for marking two important points along the path to your destination
It is most useful for the architects while defining fire exit routes.
RememberMe: All settings are sustained during and among sessions for your convenience.
Restore: Resets settings values to RememberMe or Factory settings.
This plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com
nz_RunningTape – The newest sketchup plugin

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Eneroth Layer Painter – the newest sketchup extension by Christina Eneroth

Christina Eneroth has developed Eneroth Layer Painter, the most updated sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It is a paid plugin and costs $10.00. By using this plugin, you can improve your drawing and productivity skills in sketchup.


With this plugin, it is possible to employ layers to entities quickly in a Paint Tool-like fashion. It facilitates faster application of layer to entities devoid of searching for the layers by name every time.
To run the plugin, go to Extensions > Eneroth Layer Painted or the toolbar.
You can create your own shortcut as Alt+L for this extensions (L is intended for Line Tool and Ctrl+L, Shift+L and Ctrl+Shift+L applied by Eneroth Swift Layer Manager).
Remember that the tool selects layer from the topmost group/component. To choose from child entities utilize the context menu (right click) devoid of pressing Alt.
Go through the following link to download the plugin extensions.sketchup.com
To learn how to apply the extension, watch the following video.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Architect Tools – The new sketchup extension

Thomas Thomassen has developed a new sketchup extension that is called Architect Tools. It comprises of a series of tools which function with imported map data to produce buildings and stepped terrains.

This new sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.


Given below, some exclusive features of the plug-in :-
• Create Buildings
• Combine Solid Buildings
• Fill Solid Holes
• Choose Non-Solids
• Create 2:1 Road Profile
• Move to Z
• Contour Tool (For closing contour lines with open ends)
• Extrude Up (For producing stepped terrain)
• Project Down Tool
• Magnet Tool
• Move to Plane
• Flatten Selection
• Crop Selection to Boundary
• Put Geometry on Layer0
• Grid Divide
This extension is available under plugin or toolbars. To install the extension, TT_Lib² — 2.7.0 (extensions.sketchup.com) is required.
To learn how to apply the extension, watch the following video.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How to swap low-poly proxy components for highly detailed model through components window

This sketchup video tutorial is a part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchu video, one will learn the process to interchange low-poly proxy components for exceedingly detailed model with the use of components window.

If you have models which contain lots of geometries, it will slow down your computer. To resolve the issue, you have to make proxies which are nothing but simple components to represent where the geometry is going to be placed. It can be done with a instant click substituted with more complicated geometry.

While going to create more and more complicated objects SketchUp, you need to save those objects in order to utilize them repeatedly. It is also often required to allocate your objects with other or download other people's objects from the web. All these can be performed with components. It all takes place in the Components window that is available under Window, Components.

It does not represent all the objects in the scene but only those objects which are transformed into components. There are three tabs in this components window. One is the Select tab that facilitates the users to choose components. The next one is Edit that facilitates the users to edit current components. Besides, there is a Statistics tab that empowers the users to observe statistics about the components.




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