- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321660315
- ISBN-13: 978-0321660312
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,341,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real World Google SketchUp 7 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Expert SketchUp instructor Mike Tadros shows you his techniques for using SketchUp in a professional, production-oriented environment, allowing you to finish drawings faster and get better results, whether you work alone or in a multiperson studio. Starting with customizing SketchUp preferences for maximum efficiency, Mike takes you through a professional SketchUp workflow--from setting up your workspace to installing Ruby scripts to importing CAD files and images to managing libraries to exporting your finished product.
In Real World Google SketchUp you'll learn how to:
- Turn your site plans, floor plans, and elevations into 3D SketchUp models
- Import your own digital photos and hand-drawn imagery into SketchUp
- Create animated fly-throroughs by saving scenes and exporting movie files
- Use Google Earth to create site models and utilize the Google 3D Warehouse to add elements to your models
- Get more out of SketchUp with bonus video tutorials on the included DVD
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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.