6 Things Beginners with SketchUp Must Know

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In this tutorial we will look at the top items all beginners with SketchUp need to know when starting out with SketchUp. These are tried and tested approaches that proficient SketchUp users have expressed over the years. Getting to grips with SketchUp is easy but super charging your learning is requires commitment.

With these 6 top tips you will fast track your way to becoming a SketchUp ninja!

How to use Drop Vertices in SketchUp

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In this tutorial you will use to use TIG's Drop Vertices extension in SketchUp. Perfect if you need to manipulate terrain borders or align edges to objects in SketchUp

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Adding Angular Dimensions to SketchUp

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Ever struggled to add angular dimensions to your SketchUp models? Maybe your prepping your design drawings for LayOut and need to call attention to some important aspect of the build? Say hello to Angular Dimensions by Steve Baumgartner.

In this quick tip you will learn how to use Angular Dimensions to add inner and outer angular dimensions to your 3D models in SketchUp.

How to mirror objects in SketchUp

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mirroring objects in SketchUp

In this quick tip you will learn how to mirror selected objects or geometry in SketchUp. This is a time saver for objects that are symmetrical. When it comes to being productive in SketchUp knowing where, and when, to mirror objects can save you a heap of time.

You will learn how to do this using the SketchUp Scale Tool and the Flip Along context menu method. You will also learn how to do this via an extensions which supercharges the process!

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 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.

Modelling a Slanted Cone

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"I'm trying to find a way an easy way to draw a slanted cone based on the known radius of the base, a known height, and a known vertical and horizontal angle at which I'd like the cone to lean."

A forum post for which we definitely do not need a plugin but can be done in a couple of very easy steps. In this tutorial, we shall follow some very basic tips how to enter exact dimensions and how to move vertices snapping to guide lines.

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