- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470137444
- ISBN-13: 978-0470137444
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Google SketchUp For Dummies 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Get a whole new perspective on 3D modeling
Build your house in 3D, do some remodeling, and share it in Google Earth
Developed with architects and other design gurus in mind, Google SketchUp is the fast, easy way to build 3D models of anything you want — buildings, furniture, or your own unique creations. Best of all, it's free! You don't have to know anything about 3D to use this handy guide — just download SketchUp, fire it up, and you'll be modeling in no time.
- Create models from photos
Master the interface and 3D tools
Animate a walkthrough of your model
Arrange furniture and decorate your space
Try out landscape designs
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Top customer reviews
Starting out with setting up your keyboard shortcuts and workspace and carrying on through using templates, scripts, and extensions, Mike covers the groundwork very well. For me, the core of the "real world" was dealing with site plans, importing CAD files, and building exteriors and interiors because that's part of my work. He also thoroughly goes through the creation and application of textures for the model, including how to build a model using a photograph, which is absolutely one of SketchUp's strengths.
Although I don't see myself creating dynamic components anytime soon, the author's section on this topic is more in-depth and clear than any I've read.
Mike carefully takes us through creating animations, adding dimensions, preparing your model for presentation and printing. Finally, the videos on the bonus CD are terrific, and are teasers for his superb website, and its hours of SketchUp training.
Like most other books in the "Dummies" series, this one is very easy to read and use. The information is presented in bite-sized chunks, and each new concept is built on what has preceded it. The tone is just right, I think; it's light without being condescending or cutsie, and it's authoritative without being pedantic.
I particularly liked the way the author explained how to fix errors. SketchUp is somewhat deceptive; it's pretty easy to get a sort-of-good result, but it's also easy to wander into dead ends. The book describes a mistake, then explains how to erase it and what to do to get the result you were looking for. Even better, it explains how to avoid the mistake in the first place. It sounds like an obvious thing for a good instructional book to do, but it's surprisingly rare.
Bottom line: I think I got what I paid for-- and more. I wanted a good, basic instructional book, and this is it. However, it's also a manual that explains how to get beyond the beginner's level as smoothly as possible. I recommend it very highly.
This book provides a clearly written, step by step guide for beginning users or for more experienced users who want to improve their skills. There are plenty of simple examples and enough more complex constructions to whet your appetite if you're interested in going further.
It's like having a very helpful person right at your side who can give you a solid grounding in the basics. I found Sketchup really frustrating when I was just exploring it by myself, because I was bringing too many assumptions from my past drawing experience. This book helped me understand how and why Sketchup works the way it does. It's helping me to "think" in Sketchup more easily.
And for me, I really appreciate having a written text so that I can try things on the screen and then be able to easily check the text for tips or further instructions. It's just less stressful than having to constantly pause a video. Plus, having page references is an easier way to refresh my memory than searching for an online tutorial and then finding the right section.
I'm going to recommend it to my students.