How to use Bundles to sync your SketchUp extensions

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In this tutorial for SketchUp you will learn how to use Bundles in SketchUcation Tools 2.6.1 to sync your plugins and extensions to multiple devices. Your office and home desktops and laptops will thank you for it...trust me!

Not only that you can also sync different versions of SketchUp! Yep!

Want your fresh SketchUp 2014 install to have everthing that you had in SketchUp 2013? Easy...just use SketchUcation Tools.

How to model and texture lo-poly vehicles in SketchUp

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how to model and texture lo-poly objects in SketchUp

A few months ago someone was looking for tutorials on how to make low polygon models in SketchUp. At the time I was not particularly well versed when it came to low polygon modelling so I decided to learn for myself.

During that time I researched the best methods and techniques needed. I discovered low polygon models can look great with the right texture applied.

How to set Security Permissions for the Plugins folder in SketchUp

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how to set plugin folder security permissions in SketchUp

If you ever get SketchUp startup error-messages relating to plugins? This usually means that some plugins are not loading properly and it indicates they have not been installed properly.

Or maybe you get system messages actually preventing you from adding/managing files/subfolders to the Plugins folder in SketchUp. This guide will help you identify the problem and fix it for both Mac and PC devices.

How to create custom library locations in SketchUp

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In my previous tutorials on adding materials to SketchUp and editing materials in SketchUp you would have gained knowledge on how to grow your materials libraries. But an often overlooked feature of SketchUp is the ability to create custom library locations outside of SketchUp default library locations.

In this tutorial we will focus on creating custom libraries in SketchUp that allow you to easily manage your assets and speed up your workflow. Understanding how these custom libraries are created and located will make transitioning to newer versions of SketchUp a walk in the park!

How to edit materials in SketchUp

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In the last tutorial we looked at the method for importing textures into SketchUp and how to grow your materials libraries.

In this tutorial we will focus on editing materials in SketchUp. SketchUp has lots of hidden features when it comes to editing materials. Knowing where these are and what these do is an important part of becoming a better SketchUp artist.

How to create your own SketchUp Material Libraries

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Adding your own imagery to SketchUp is the easiest and quickest of growing your SketchUp Materials Library.

In this Beginner Tutorial you will learn how to use 2 methods to add images to SketchUp and save them to your own custom library for re-use in other projects.

Building your own Material Libraries in SketchUp is a great way to boost your workflow and helps create better looking models.  

The Basics of Intersection in SketchUp

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New users of SketchUp are often confused when trying to intersect geometry. The intersection edges "seem" to be created however their faces are not separated by them and they cannot delete excess geometry. In a little bit complex model it is not only frustrating but also confusing as many of the other entities can hide the main "culprit"; in which editing context we are applying the Intersect tool.

In this SketchUp tutorial, we shall examine the different reasons and how the editing context can affect how intersection is created and behaves.

PDF to SKP Conversion

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There are many times when you want to import existing information into Sketchup in order to incorporate it with your model. PDF is a very common file format, and you'll find many architectural drawings are shared in PDF format as well as most product data manuals. Currently, you cannot import a PDF directly into Sketchup on the Windows version so the usual way to import something at least is to convert the PDF file into a raster image.

In this SketchUp tutorial, we'll introduce a free tool that you can use to convert PDF's to DXF files, which you can import into Sketchup Pro.

Gothic Window #2 - A Simple Tracery

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In our previous tutorial, we created our first Gothic Window - however it was just the opening and a basic frame. Now, in this tutorial, we are going to add a simple tracery - practically a sort of mullion division in "Perpendicular Style" where only the top part of the tracery will be a little bit more complex.

In this SketchUp tutorial, we are going to use Solid tools (or Intersection for Free users) and some linear arrays to evenly distribute the mullions. Very precise moving and alignment is the key of this part.

Modelling a Gothic Window #1

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This SketchUp tutorial is the first in the series about Gothic architecture. Now we shall only model the basic opening, the splayed embrasure, a basic frame and create the necessary components so that the window will cut holes into walls later correctly.

In this tutorial, we'll make special use of the Scale tool and its modification keys (namely the Ctrl key) to be able to model efficiently. The only plugin used are Weld by Rich Wilson.

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