Sketchup Tutorial For Beginners – Part One

Sketchup Tutorial For Beginners – Part One

Hey everybody this is Matt from and i created this video for people who
are brand new to Sketchup or for those who have tried it before and are thinking
about getting it a second shot so by the end of this video hope that
you’ll be able to create your first model and Sketchup so this is the welcome screen that
you’re gonna see when you first open Sketchup uh… they’ve got a couple of links here
to help you get started if you wanna dig through some of these and usually
they have like a featured article uh… link here but what you’re gonna have to do is
choose a templates so you’re going to click “Choose Template” and they have a bunch of preset templates based on what you what want to do i personally like using the
“Architectural Design – Feet and Inches” so it’s just click that and start using
Sketchup so this is your interface and by default
there’s a person uh… that gets placed a little bit
off-center here and you’re gonna probably want to delete
her right away so you click the select tool and you just click once to select her and hit delete on your keyboard so one thing i recommend for people who
are just getting started with Sketchup is to go to the window menu and hit instructor and what that does is it pops up this
window and it’ll tell you what whatever tool that you have
currently selected It will give you a little animation of
what it does and give you some descriptions on the uh… the different options that
you can do with those tools with some links for advanced operations with it so it gives you a lot of information and it’s really great
for people just starting out so I really recommend having that open uh… but i’m gonna close it out here
just so we have more viewing area so let’s go ahead and select the
rectangle tool and for now let’s just hover your mouse over the intersection of the axes you can see there’s a yellow dot that appears and what that is the Sketchup
inference system uh… snapping to the axes and if you drag your mouse up it turns red and kind of runs along that the blue axis you know as long as you keep your mouse relatively close to the axis if you go
too far out it disappears but you know when you get into the vicinity
of something that Sketchup can snap to it’s going to snap to it you can see
here on the green axis over here it snapped to the red axis so it it does that for you to help you
be more precise when you’re modeling and and it’s very helpful it’s something
that you’ll you find you’ll use a lot so let’s go ahead back to the origin and click once to start the move than just drag your mouse out you don’t have to hold down your mouse
button, you just click once, then let go that starts the activation of the tool
or the execution of the tool so as you drag your your mouse out look
at the bottom corner here you can see there’s a window that tells you uh… the dimensions of whatever you’re currently drawing the great thing about Sketchup is you
can be as precise as you want or you can be as rough as you want so if i want to just right out here…to end the execution of the rectangle, you just click the left mouse button
again and Sketchup draws the rectangle for you and you can see we landed at some arbitrary number fourteen feet, and thirteen sixteenths of an inch wide by nine feet four and three
quarters uh… long or whichever way you want to think of it but um… if you wanted to define a specific
dimension you can just type it into your keyboard uh… either before you finish the
action or uh… right after you finish the action
so this case we just finished the action of creating the rectangle and
we can type in let’s say fifteen feet comma uh… ten feet and then press enter and you can see that the rectangle jogged out just a little bit uh… since we were kinda close and uh… so now this measurement from
here here is ten feet and this is fifteen feet now if you change your mind you can
always you can continue to type in dimensions and press enter as many times
as you want uh… so like let’s say we wanted to go
four-feet by five-feet press enter it re-sizes i’m gonna just go back to the fifteen feet comma ten feet so you can do that as many times you
want until you start another action so if I started another rectangle over here now if i typed in uh… some dimensions it’s going to go to that box that i just
created not the original one but that’s okay because that’s not the
only way you can change the size of uh… a shape with the move tool you can move anything
in sketchup this rectangle for instance is made up before edges four points you can see we snapped right to these end points and a face so in the center here you can see a whole area got shaded so if we want to move the this edge we just
hover over it until it turns blue and then we can click once to activate the move and you can see the inference system here uh… locking it into the red axis so it’s staying
parallel with that red axis and you can do the same thing with the blue
axis By moving the mouse up-and-down and the green axis as well you’ll notice how whatever is selected does not uh… change size or proportion or uh… everything else that’s connected to it does so in order for the selected object to stay the same shape and for everything else to stay connected to
it everything else has to scale around and move that’s important to remember that things
that are touching each other in Sketchup tend to stick to one another unless they’re isolated on a group
or component now i don’t want to get into groups of
components too much right now but they’re probably the the most important concept
to understand in Sketchup Now notice again how the window down here tells us how far away we’re moving from
the origin where we started the move so we could go along the red axis, click and type in four feet and it’ll automatically adjust to
four feet from where we started the move now you can move anything with the move tool if we hovered over the face we could click on it you can see the whole rectangle moved and that’s because all the edges are connected to the face so in order for the face to move the
edges have to go with it but another great feature of the move
tool is the ability to make copies so if we while we have this move
activated we can just hit control and that will tell Sketchup that we want to make a
copy not move the original so we can just lock to the blue axis come up here and click again and will define five feet That will be the the height that we want that to be at so the next tool we will us is the line tool this tool creates edges in Sketchup so
we can to start right here at this end point bring it down to this end point and you can see that it thinks we wanna
keep drawing but you can just hit escape on your keyboard and that’ll cancel that out then will create another one here and whenever you have more than two edges there on the same plane that are connected Sketchup will automatically creative a face
in between those and we’ll create another one back here you can see the same thing happen now in order to get to the back of the
box we’re gonna have to orbit the camera around the box in order to get a better perspective so these are your camera tools up here and primarily you’ll use the orbit tool and the zoom tool to navigate in your model but instead of clicking these buttons
up here just click and hold the middle mouse button and then drag the mouse you can see how
it orbits the camera around to the other
side and the thing that’s really nice about
using the mouse button instead of clicking actually clicking these tool
buttons let’s see so we have the line tool selected right now but say we started uh… let’s go ahead and start this final line and let’s say we wanted to get a better perspective we can actually come out here click the middle mouse button and you can
see changed to the orbit tool we can orbit around here and when we let go the line tool it comes right back to us uh… ready to uh… to go from where we
left off then we can come down here and finish the the line execution the other thing you can do is using the
scroll wheel on a mouse you can zoom in and out so that with conjunction uh… with the uh… in conjunction with
the orbit tool you can pretty much get to wherever you want to go so wherever you point your mouse and
scroll is going to be the center point from
where the zoom happens then you can orbit around and zoom in to any any spot you
want so let’s orbit to the underside of this
box grab the select tool we’ll select this face now grab the move tool when you pre-select something and then you go to the move tool you don’t have to hover over it or grab one of the edges of whatever you
have selected in order to move it you can actually
reference any point in your model uh… you can even reference somewhere
arbitrary out here but it’s always good to reference you know… a concrete point in your model whenever you’re moving
or you know trying to guide something so just to show you let’s come up here to this point and click once to start the move and you can see it it starts to skew the box what we’re actually trying
to do is make a copy so we’ll just hit control so that makes a copy and you can see we’re on the red axis so come out here and click to finish and type in fifteen feet and you can see that we didn’t have to actually click on this shape in order to get to move as long as you pre-selected uh… objects that you want to move you can reference any point your model so this box took us you know quite a bit of time to create there’s actually a tool that makes it a
lot easier and that’s the the push pull tool you can use the push pull tool on any
face so just click and drag up and you can see it
automatically creates the four edges and uh… makes uh… the face into a 3D
object and you can drag your mouse out anywhere and reference any point for the height so let’s make it the
same height is this box we can just go to you know sometimes you can grab the
face if you move around sometimes thinks you’re trying to do something else uh… I like to try to hit points
uh… just to make sure i don’t screw it up so so i reference that point and you can see that uh… it pulled that box up to the same height as the other one you can also use the push pull tool to manipulate existing faces but the only thing you have to be
careful of is if you have a face already selected, like let’s say I wanted to push pull on this face uh… since this one’s pre-selected if I click it’s it’s gonna automatically go to the one i have
pre-selected so i can escape so let me show you that again if this
was selected and i had the push pull tool I can just hit escape and that’ll clear out this selection and allow me to just hover over the
faces to to make my push pull and you can manipulate these anyway you
want and you can define the distance that it
goes uh… in the box down there as well so the last tool I want to show you is the tape measure tool and you can also think of this as uh…
guide placement tool so first of all let’s say you wanted to
measure the distance between these two points so you can click to start on the point
and you just drag out and it’ll snap to points and edges you can see we have eleven
feet you could measure diagonally if you wanted to or the height five feet And I’ll hit escape to cancel that out and the other the cool thing about this
is like i said to create a guide so to make a good you have to start from an
edge make sure the dot is red and you click to start and then you drag out you could drag out to the midpoint the
blue circle whenever you see a blue circle that means you’re uh… at the midpoint between uh… two points so we could go to the midpoint we could could go out if we wanted to
measure the distance to the to the beginning of the next box or we could measure the total distance there so we’ll just will just go to the the
midpoint there so now we have that guide in place
and let’s say we want to move this box we can click the select tool and to select this whole box we could do
a couple of things we could hold down the left mouse button to
create a selection box or if we wanted to we could triple click by triple clicking it’ll select all connecting faces and edges so from that we can grab the move tool and Let’s say… we wanted to grab the
midpoint and we can drag it over here in we’re locked in right onto that that guide and you can click to finish that so you can see our mid points are in line with each other now it looks like these boxes are not
exactly the same size so if we wanted to fix that for whatever reason were making two
identical boxes we can grab the push pull tool and select this face and pull it out reference this face over here so now those will be in the same line and we can do the same thing over here
can select this drag it over and now this one will be in the same line as the other box and then if we wanted to define uh… absolute distance between the two we could drag a guide out here and then define four feet enter, and then triple click this again grab the move tool click that corner and snap over here so now we can measure this and you can see we have four feet so using these basic tools the line tool rectangle the tape measure the push pull tool and the move tool you can really do a lot in Sketchup the next video i’m gonna go over
groups and components and that’s going to show you how to keep your
model organized and protect the geometry from one another that way when you change one thing it’s
not going to affect all the other parts of your model which is really good really
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100 thoughts on “Sketchup Tutorial For Beginners – Part One

  1. Rn in my tech class I’m doing this and bruh I was sick yesterday and today I walk in and we are working on this.. like literally I didn’t know what anyyyy Of this so now I’m watchin all these tutorials

  2. I downloaded a sketchup and it has a black screen, I guess it's a camera/view. It's showing all the tools though, do you know how to fix that by any chance, Thank you!

  3. Simple, very informative, and not boring! Thank you!

    If anyone is wondering, if you have 2017/2018 version you can still follow up with his tutorial.

    Thanks again!!!

  4. Hey Matt ran into this video while searching and figured I'd stop by and see how you were doing! I'm sure the community misses your tutorials man.

  5. I'm trying out the free trial before going ahead with a purchase. I'm having difficulties with creating the walls and figuring out how to use this program. I;m using the browser version and I dont see all of the same tools that you have. Is it different in the app version??

  6. Matt, I am a paid member of and Jake mentioned you about your book "Sketchup to Layout" which is how I found you here.
    I am interested in purchasing your book and I thought maybe you know him, or know of him? I wondered if you might know if he is going to finish the 'Rocket' tutorial?

    Thank you!

  7. Amazing video! Thank you for posting. I have no background in SketchUp but this is going to help me get up and running quick!

  8. Hi Matt, Nice video, one thing concern me, is there any way to change inches to metrical system? because I'm leave in Australia and we use meters. And is a little difficult to me the conversion. Thank you for your help and by the way great job !!!

    How to Install Vray 3.4 For Sketchup 2017 – Easy and step by step

  10. I ligit got this set for homework to watch. I thought it would be a five min vid and now im actually going to cry 20 MINUTES .-.

  11. Wow thats nice tutorials, very useful and easy to follow. I have some sketchup presentation too. Im think if its enough for beginner level. Please visit my channel and feedback about my work. Dont forget to subscribe thanks.

  12. who is the retarded monkey that made this program. yes it is free but that does not mean that it has to be broken!?. i really regret learning this program, i just get mad every time i have to go back and use it. look for something else if you dont want to loose your mind. sketchup has such potential but the programmer shouldnt have used his ass whole while putting it together.

  13. Unless I missed something, this is a tutorial based on what edition of Sketchup ? Pro at $700 ?? I think this software has priced itself out of the ball park. I'd far sooner spend that money on a more popular 3D modeling software like Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD. Indeed these other competitors are giving away a lot more on their demo software.

  14. Very good tuturial, but my pc are “thinking” a lot, and it seems very heavy to work with.
    Please tell me if it's a fixable issue.

  15. I have watched your whole video waiting for you to tell me how to change a rectangle's dimensions. What i want to do should be super simple. I want to create a rectangle, then change its dimensions. There doesn't seem to be any way to do this. I can move it. I can copy it. But I can't get its dimensions to appear in the window. Once I can do this, I want to be able to create a box and then change it's dimensions. I have just spent an hour clicking around, and it seems that once you have created an object, you can't change it. This just seems crazy. So, if you are reading these comments, please tell me what I missed, or you forgot to tell me.

  16. It would be helpful to us Mac users if the equivalent key or mouse button on a Mac were pointed out as Matt goes along. example: He mentioned the middle mouse button a few times, but there's no middle button on a Mac mouse. That aside, so far I'm impressed with the quality and clarity of this instructional video. Again, I just wish it were more multiple platform inclusive … OR is Sketchup primarily geared to the PC user?

  17. why do all the tutorials on you tube always show SketchUp Pro? Obviously, a beginner or someone just thinking about using it is going to be using the free version and NOT THE PRO VERSION. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY STUPID.

  18. I've used many complicated, multifaceted softwares in my time: TVPaint, Adobe Illustrator, Blender, professional video editing software, etc. I've encountered NOTHING as unintuitive as Sketchup.

    Many softwares one can fiddle with and get the gist of the operations; not Sketchup. Everything is connected then they all skew together when you move one thing, right clicking produces nothing that you think it should, it's cumbersome.

    How this software ever became as popular as it is is clearly a testament to a good marketing team, promotion, and strategy.

  19. It sorta reminds me of VMRL when it first came out. Those you could add Color and/or Pictures.
    Walking though Walls was Soo bizarre back then!
    I'm glad someone finally realized that 99.99999% of us are not CAD savvy.
    THx. JW

  20. That "Instructor" feature is brilliant. I've worked with many programs that have an intermediate learning curve or higher and have never seen a feature that shows precise functions of a tool with a little demo of how to use it. Genius.

  21. Something doesn't work. I loaded down today version 2019. I could not leave rectangle with escape button. What is happen?

  22. I've been everywhere, man, looking for someone who will teach sketchup starting from the true beginning and not flying around the damn universe on that damn orbit tool. Thanks. Subscribed. You're a great teacher who knows how not to pass up the smallest details.

  23. I'm not sure what you are teaching but it sure isn't the free beginner SketchUp! My version is online, has no menus like you show, and does not have the same tools in the same space. This is not worth the time to watch! BTW, what exactly is a "SketchUp Free Beginner's Course" for ONLY $49.00!! FREE? Is your own site?

  24. I am an old SketchupPro customer. The 2019 purchase doesn't come with a key or license. And the link Trimble promised never came. Now, the only thing I have is my payment receipt, this means I am locked out from Sketchup. Also in my Trimble account my subscription doesn't occur. I reinstalled the software, restarted several times. No sketchup. I will no go back to Autodesk and autocad. Lousy customer post service on top of all my license problems.

  25. Can this program be downloaded? I'm not sure what version this video is using but the one I'm using is cloud based I believe and it doesn't have that window option. Can the downloadable version still be had?

  26. Pro tip for tutorials:
    Always use background music.
    It'll keep people entertained enough to keep watching.

  27. Lost me straight away. Why do we need to choose a template? Which one? I would just like to start with drawing a straight line, then a circle, then an ellipse, then a square, all with different line properties. What 'template' would I need for that?

    This is not sketchup for beginners! I don't want a template!

  28. Very nice intro to Sketchup. I am beginning to build my house using building company and want to be able to determine how much of a deferent type of buildings materials Im going to need.
    Looking forward to see more of this kind of videos
    Thanks Man.

  29. I wish someone would make a video of how to use Sketchup and, and show one how to draw and quite telling 15 different way to draw that box It gets so confusing you can do it this way, or this way ,or this way then you can do it this

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