- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047034525X
- ISBN-13: 978-0470345252
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture 1st Edition
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"This book adds valuable information about features not even mentioned in the "Missing Manual". This book allows you to create settings for your creations. SketchUp provides a "sandbox", an interface with tools that create organic geometry. In other words, you can push and pull "terrain" around to create hills and valleys. Then using other tools create streets, sidewalks, and planters. Place the buildings you've created on the terrain, and add vegetation around them - suddenly you have a world! This is a solid book, with good start-to-finish instructions in creating 3D objects, whether a bench or a cathedral." (eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society, December 2009)
"This book illustrates a holistic approach to SketchUp, how it works and more importantly, what to do with it." (San Francisco Book Review, November 2009)
From the Back Cover
Google SketchUp for Site Design
A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture
The design professional?s guide to harnessing the power of Google SketchUp
Site design professionals can now use the powerful tools of Google SketchUp for their own practices. This clear and focused illustrated guide explains how site professionals can use the SketchUp tools and functions to construct expressive models of exterior spaces and architecture.
Utilizing the methodology known as SketchUp Process Modeling, the guide takes you step by step from the basics to more advanced methods that incorporate terrain, AutoCAD, and the creation of complex forms. Covering drafting, modeling order, and organization, you will learn how to:
Use the SketchUp Sandbox Tools to design conceptual grading, terrain, and elevation
Design and model a variety of custom components including architectural detail, pedestrian lights, benches, and other site elements
Integrate AutoCAD and SketchUp to easily create 3D-articulated models
With helpful tutorials and useful tips for both beginners and advanced SketchUp users, Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture will quickly have you creating models that are highly detailed and organized, easy to work with, and optimized for computer performance.
Included with the book are Web links to free SketchUp exercises, models, and YouTube tutorials that expand on book concepts.
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"SketchUp for Site Design" can either be read straight through, or used as a reference guide. It is now my primary reference for SketchUp - even ahead of online tutorials. The book is inspiring in its presentation of the possibilities for SketchUp; and quite often, I become so fascinated with the information presented, that I end up reading the entire chapter. Such as; while reading about the drape tool, I learned that it could be used to easily overlay a facade of windows and doors onto a building mass.
Everything is written in a manner that is easily absorbed by either the beginner, or the more advanced user. Each process discussed, begins with the fundamental information necessary to get started and then works on to the more detailed finer points. Any topic or process the reader would like to learn is easily found in the index; from downloading a ruby script to making optimal use of the more advanced tools. And the many tutorials that are interjected throughout the book are especially helpful for the beginner.
I would recommend this book to anyone - from those who are curious, to the serious user who wants to become proficient with SketchUp. Its many applications are endless, from wood working to basket weaving to urban planning and architecture. And Daniel Tal's book is the very best resource available to learn SketchUp for any level user.
If your into 3d modelling for buildings and planning layouts this book does a fantastic job in teaching in a systematic way how to prepare layouts that will literally knock the socks off clients, planning authorities, developers and builders alike.
The book is very rich and glossy in its colours and gives some very good tips on how to do some pretty neat tricks e.g how to do crossovers (I could never do it before this book).
I can now see how things will look like before I build them in 3d.
The tutorials given by Tal really are a treat.
In summary, the book is worth its weight in gold (probably many times over).
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Hopefully the next version can have walkthrough videos to go along with it