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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

SketchUp Training Series Videos

May 16th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Here is a playlist of 27 SketchUp video tutorials. A brief description of each section follows:

  1. Learn to position your view at the right height and position where you can look around your scene. Provides an overview of the tool and useful tips as well.
  2. Inference locking is the ability to draw or move in only one direction and still reference other geometry. It is a key skill for fast and efficient SketchUp use.
  3. Inference locking will make your work in SketchUp fast and efficient, but some practice helps. This is an example built from the beginning to show various ways inference locking can help when drawing and moving objects.
  4. The eraser will erase edges and groups, but you can also use it to hide or soften edges. Watch this video for tips on how to best use the eraser tool.
  5. You can add dimensions directly inside SketchUp. This video will show you how to be effective and adjust how the dimensions are displayed.
  6. Arc can be drawn in several ways and adjusted as well. Watch this video for the basics as well as useful tips.
  7. The basics of the section tool is explored in a separate video. This video goes deeper into sections to show how to adjust the section display, embed multiple sections in groups and components and create section animations.
  8. This video covers multiple tools showing you how to be accurate while drawing or moving objects in SketchUp. Precision is easy once you understand how simple it is to enter measurements.
  9. Explore your SketchUp model with the walk tool. Learn the tips to change your eye height and toggle collision detection on and off.
  10. Add leader text, text on screen or 3D text as geometry in SketchUp. Learn how to change the appearance and options.
  11. Rotating objects in SketchUp can be done easily and with precision, but the tool works differently than in other applications. This video will show the basics as well as a few advanced tips.
  12. Learn to use the rectangle tool in SketchUp with some tips for best use and accuracy.
  13. Push/ pull is possibly the single tool that most defines SketchUp. For as easy and powerful as it is, many SketchUp users don’t know about some of the tips to make it even more useful. Watch this video to be sure you know the best practices.
  14. The protractor in SketchUp creates construction lines to help you while drawing and inferencing. You can set the protractor accurately using several methods. This video will show you all the best practices.
  15. Applying colors and textures to your model is done with the paint tool. This video will show you tips for applying materials and changing materials all at once. There are also a few differences between the Windows and Mac versions of SketchUp that we will highlight.
  16. Although there is no mirror tool or command in SketchUp, it’s easy and very useful to mirror objects with the scale tool.
  17. Edges are the foundation of everything in SketchUp, learn how to draw them in any direction.
  18. Inferencing is the ability to reference other geometry in SketchUp. This makes drawing and moving objects fast and accurate. It’s a key concept and can be learned quickly with a bit of practice.
  19. The freehand tool is pretty simple, as this video will show.
  20. You can create details, rails, trim, lathed shapes and lots more using the follow-me tool. It’s quite powerful and easy to use once you learn the basics with this video.
  21. You can easily copy objects in SketchUp. Once you’ve made one copy, you can choose to make that an array for many copies.
  22. The circle and polygon tools in SketchUp are very similar, with a key difference that we’ll explore. We’ll also show tips for adjusting the size and segments.
  23. Changing the axes in SketchUp can be very useful for drawing. You can orient the axes in any direction allowing you to use inferencing along different directions.
  24. The tape measure tool can measure between points, but also creates construction lines which are very useful as reference geometry in SketchUp. You can also re-size groups or the entire model using the tape measure tool.
  25. The scale tool can work on flat surfaces or 3D objects. Not only can it scale objects, it can be useful as a modeling tool. We’ll show how to use the tool and a few tips you may not know.
  26. Autofold is build into the move tool and allows you to manipulate surfaces and create automatic folding edges.

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