SketchUp 2014 For Dummies is a user-friendly guide to creating 3D models, adding textures, creating animated walkthroughs, and more, using one of the most popular 3D modeling programs on the market. Fully updated to align with the release of SketchUp, the book guides you through the interface, tools, techniques, and tricks in SketchUp and SketchUp Pro, on both Windows and Mac platforms. Written for designers with no prior 3D modeling experience, the book provides beginner- to intermediate-level instruction in this powerful program.
With a strong emphasis on usability rather than features, SketchUp has found widespread success around the world. Available as a free download, the program allows you to get comfortable and develop your skills before investing in the Pro version's additional features. SketchUp 2014 For Dummies gets you up to speed fast, beginning with an overview of the basic concepts of 3D modeling before getting down to business with the software. Organized for easy navigation, the book can also serve as a handy desk reference for more experienced designers getting acquainted with the latest update. Topics include:
Using SketchUp 2014 to create 3D models
Printing on a plotter or 3D printer
Sharing designs via SketchUp 3D Warehouse
Exporting to another design package
The book also walks you through the creation of a detailed set of plans, and demonstrates how to give virtual "tours" of your design. A 16-page color insert illustrates the possibilities, and may just trigger your inspiration. Whether you're a designer, architect, engineer, or hobbyist, SketchUp 2014 For Dummies gets you started quickly.