Getting Started with SketchUp – Part 1

Getting Started with SketchUp – Part 1


When you first start SketchUp, you’ll be
presented with a welcome screen. Regardless if you are using SketchUp Make or Pro, you
will need to pick a template to start with. The main difference is the default units of
measurement SketchUp will use, such as meters, or inches. The other difference is the starting
view, which can be from the side,… or from the top. Either is fine. Choose a template
and start SketchUp. Let’s all start from the same view by going
to the Camera Menu:  Standard Views:  and choose Iso. Now begin by drawing a rectangle. Pick the
rectangle tool, then click once to start a rectangle, pull away, and click again to finish. A quick note about drawing in SketchUp. Get
in the habit of click-and-releasing your mouse button to start,.. and finish,.. most actions.
This will be true for almost all of the drawing tools. Unless we specifically ask you to ‘click-and-drag’
your mouse button, always click and release to start and finish each tool and action. Now undo any rectangles by going to the edit
menu and choosing:  Undo Draw another rectangle but this time keep
an eye on the lower-right corner as you do. Click once to start the rectangle, pull away
and watch how the dimensions change as you adjust the rectangle size. Click again to
finish the rectangle.    You can be as precise with SketchUp as you’d
like. Although it may not seem you are being accurate, everything you draw in SketchUp
has a real-world scale. We’ll learn more about this later. For now, let’s move on to the next tool,
the Push/Pull tool. Select this tool and click on the rectangle we just drew, pull up and
we’ve created a box. Click to finish. The Push/Pull tool will literally push or
pull on any flat surface. Try it on our simple box:
Click on this side to pull it out and click to finish. Click on this side to push it in
and click to finish. Now let’s combine more rectangles with the
Push/Pull tool. Select the rectangle tool and draw a rectangle on our existing box.
  Watch how SketchUp will give you reference
points to help as you draw. For example, to draw from this corner SketchUp snaps to this
point and shows you a green endpoint. Click here to start,  pull away,  and finish the
rectangle. Now use Push/Pull to push this new surface inward. The drawing tools all work based on the surface
you are drawing on. For example, use the circle tool to draw a circle on one of your surfaces.
Simply click to start, pull out the radius and click again to finish. Now draw another
circle on a different surface to see how the orientation aligns to whatever you are drawing
on. Use the Push/Pull tool to create some cylinders. Select the rectangle tool again and start
from this upper edge. SketchUp shows a red dot indicating you are on the edge. Click
to start and draw down to a lower edge, also showing a red dot. Use Push/Pull to push this
surface inward. All reference points are called ‘inference
points’ in SketchUp, and they will be very helpful in making you both accurate and fast. Here are the basic inference points. Endpoints,..
on-edge points.. and mid-points for the middle of any edge. There are others, but these are
the most common. You can see how simple it is to create 3D
objects in SketchUp, let’s take a moment to explore navigation in SketchUp. Start with the Orbit tool. Click and drag
to orbit your view right to left and up and down. For practice try orbiting fully around
your model. Next is the Pan tool. This moves your view
side to side, without orbiting. Click and drag to pan your view of the model around
the screen. The final navigation tool is Zoom. Click and
drag to zoom closer to, and away from, your model. Now try practicing using orbit, pan and zoom
together. Zoom in, orbit, pan, orbit, zoom, and so forth. Navigating is essential in SketchUp, but going
back and forth to pick the icons seems slow and cumbersome, which is why we’ve built
all the navigation tools into a 3-button scroll wheel mouse. Simply roll the mouse wheel forward
and back to zoom in and out. Press the wheel down to orbit. Press the wheel down and hold
the SHIFT key on your keyboard to pan. Practice navigating again using the scroll wheel for
a much faster experience. Another advantage to using the scroll wheel
is better control over zooming. Try this: Hover your cursor over this corner of your
model and roll the wheel forward. See how it zooms toward that corner? Using the scroll
wheel will zoom toward and away from any area where your cursor is, making navigation even
easier. Let’s review what we’ve learned so far
by creating a very simple house object. Begin by zooming back out so we can see our entire
model then use the select tool, click and drag a selection box around the entire model
and press ‘delete’ on your keyboard.  
Draw a new rectangle and use the Push/Pull tool to pull this rectangle into a box. Orbit and pan to get a better view of the
top. Now let’s split this top surface with the
line tool. Before drawing the line, hover over the top edge and find the midpoint inference.
Click on the midpoint to start drawing, move across the surface and find the midpoint on
the opposite edge and click to finish the line. We’ll pull this new edge up to create a
roof. Choose the select tool and click on the edge to select it. With the edge highlighted,
Use the move tool to create a ridge. Click on the edge to begin moving it, move it upward
and click again to finish. A quick orbit shows that I wasn’t very careful
in moving my roof line and the result is uneven. Let’s undo that move and see how SketchUp
can help us to be more accurate. Make sure the edge is selected, then using the move
tool click once on the edge to start moving it. While moving it around notice that the
edge snaps to a blue dotted line. This is an indication that you are moving the edge
straight up which will result in an even roof, click to finish. In SketchUp, the red, green and blue axis
will help you to draw and move correctly in 3D space. Let’s try it by creating a chimney
on the roof. Navigate for a better view of the roof surface.
Now use the line tool and click once on an upper part of the roof to start drawing a
line. As you move the line around watch how it will snap to a red direction, a green direction
and a blue direction. Try drawing a line in each direction and orbiting to see the orientation.
The blue direction is vertical, straight up and down, and the red and green are horizontal. To draw a chimney we could approach it in
many ways, but we’ll use this method:  We’ll draw the side profile shape, then use Push/Pull
to create the full chimney. Drawing with the axis directions will help us create the correct
profile in 3D space. Use the eraser tool and click on any edges
you drew to erase them. With the line tool click once on the roof
edge, make sure you see the red -on edge inference point – or you could also start from the mid
point – and draw a line straight up in the blue direction. Click to finish your line
and press the esc key to cancel a continuous line. Now choose another point on the edge and start
drawing a line from that point up in the blue direction and watch as you draw upward that
SketchUp will give you an inference when you are lined up with the previous line you drew.
Draw your second line to this point. Now draw an edge connecting the two lines to complete
a surface. With the surface drawn, use push pull to extend
the chimney across the roof to a point you are happy with. Use Push/Pull again to complete
the chimney. By pulling across the roof surface extra edges
have been created, but these are easily erased. Any lines drawn across co-planar surfaces
can be erased to form one larger surface. We call this healing the surface. Use the
eraser and erase the two extra edges. At this point you know some of the basics
of SketchUp, so practice what you’ve learned by adding to our simple house. Draw a rectangle
and split it in half, then use Push/Pull to create some steps. Draw a few more rectangles
to create a door and windows. Try a few things on your own. You can see how easy it is to create simple
models in SketchUp with only a few tools. When you are ready to learn more proceed to
our next video where we will create a more detailed house with real dimensions and introduce
you to the offset and follow-me tools.

100 thoughts on “Getting Started with SketchUp – Part 1

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  2. If you could make tutorials in spanish, that would be helpful. I know there are some already, but the majority of them are poorly explained.

    I'm saying this because I don't want to sit aside my father and translate him everything, and I don't have time to explain it myself, as I'm in school.

    Well, I have nothing else to say.
    -Some random dude on the internet.

  3. – There is a sketchup video project file shared with the brothers, there is a sketchup file included in the page,
    Https://www.facebook.com/Archtecture.314/posts/217433755421551

  4. First off, my version does not look anything like this so they must have made some big changes in 2017???
    Second, I cannot enter actual values nor modify dimensions so it makes the program and these videos pretty useless.

  5. Be careful with Sketchup. Used to be good stuff when google had control. But now you can waste a lot of time and energy if you by the free version.

    No more 32bit. Why? Pushing to 64 bit and only 64 bit and 32 bit is 30 day trail. They are pushing everyone to purchase. Bad move.

  6. Trying to raise the roof by selecting center line and then move. As soon as I press move the selected line becomes unselected. Move wants to select either left or right side of the rectangle. What Am I doing wrong?

  7. Just curious – how many people had to look this up on youtube because transport controls are disabled on these videos on the sketchup homepage? How annoyingly dumb.

  8. hola y los videos en español donde estan? no hay forma de encontrarlos… tienen la web en epañol, el programa en español y no hay video tutoriales en español? eso no es muy inteligente no? por favor diganme donde estan los tutoriales en español saludos y gracias por su respuesta (que no por hacerme perder tanto tiempo buscando como usar su programa…)

  9. I really like make. I use it for model design, and DT ideas. it's a very good edition of SketchUp, designed for basic modelling tasks.

  10. This is really awesome. Great and easy instruction! I don't even need to use CAD software but SketchUp makes me want to doodle in 3D.

  11. Icons for tools and directions do not match the version of sketch up that I have. I have no way of figuring out how to match versions.

  12. Before I saw this video I didn't know where to begin, now it seems so simple to operate the tools! It took me about 2 minutes to draw a simple house from the tutorial. I had a little problem with the chimney but finally got it!

  13. gostaria muito de trabalha com o sketchup, é muito bom e divertido

    I really want to work,
    with sketchup it's very good and fun.

  14. The "template" option one on the free version is empty. It just wants you to upload a template. It appears this video is incorrect!

  15. The free SketchUp is nothing like these videos and does not function as is demonstrated. It is basically useless.

  16. well I was following, till 8.50, erasing the line, you didn't detail HOW, when I try, whole roof disappears, other then that, good first steps

  17. You have and have access to a lot of toolbars – that are NOT on the standard version of SKETCHUP. If you want to do basic tutorials then use Basic Sketchup not the PRO-VERSION that you "apparently" are using.

    Then we (who want to learn Sketchup and only have access to the basic version can learn how to use the basic tools to do all the wonderful things sketchup is supposed to do.

  18. Which version of sketchup are you using? I downloaded the web version and a lot of features are missing compared to the you've got

  19. Is there a fast way to get into "Iso" view without using the path Camera -> Standard Views -> Iso?

    Thank you in advance.

  20. Hi,
    Would you help me import a 3D terrain (https://goo.gl/f1AAUX) into the free version of sketchup in order to print it?

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