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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby troyhome » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:48 pm

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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby smorales02 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:03 pm

Hello, I am new at SU and am going through this tutorial for practice. A couple of questions though..

After applying the image as a material, do I need to keep the original image in the drawing or can I delete it?

Also, seeing how we are tracing over and image the measurments of the wall wont be completely accurate, will they?? Seeing how your not snapping to any endpoint or anything...

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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby remus » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:08 pm

Yep, you can delete the image form your model once youve applied it as a material.

As for accuracy, it depends how accurately you draw, as you pointed out. If you know the size of a few elements though, you can draw those in and use hem for size reference, making the whole thing a lot more accurate than just drawing by eye. Probably a bit slower, though, if you havent had a lot of practice with inference.

If you want a very accurate drawing youd be bet of starting with some imported linework (if you can get hold of it.) something like a .dxf file which is treated as linework in SU.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby smorales02 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:14 pm

Thanks for the reply, I have room sizes that are in my image so I will just use those for reference. If I had a dxf file that would be great but seeing how I am just using an image from the net I dont have one..

If anyone has a dxf or dwg of a floor plan and wouldnt mind me using it for some modeling practice, please let me know.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby smorales02 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:34 pm

Does step 11 mean just copy it over 4 times?? this being after we trace over the walls and the door/window openings??
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby remus » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:52 pm

I dont think so, i think your meant to repeat the process a for the different layers of the house (basement, 1st floor etc.)

There is a second part to this tutorial btw, just do a search.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt 1

Postby smorales02 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:03 pm

Ive seen the second part of the tut which I am going to get to in a bit. I am just wondering why we would repeat a process we already did when we can just copy it??? Im confused on how many "copies" of the floor plan are needed...
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] Wall thickness components cut holes

Postby idraft » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:16 pm

Hi all,

A couple of my tricks to speed up the whole process.

1. Copying or overlaying jpeg image. Draw a line around entire perimeter untill it closes in. Delete fill. Then draw the wall into the appropriate position on the plan and use the "followme tool" to create all exterior walls. Done
2. Interior walls. Make standard width wall (in plan only)and group it. make several copies for each wall needed. then group the lot. Grab one grouped wall and place in position, open the group and stretch it as req'd. Do this to all walls then finally ungroup all walls and push / pull to correct height.
3.cut in window openings by scaling off plan.
4.Make all windows on a single plane face and grouped(they dont need to be 3D in most cases) A cad drafting program will do that. Doesnt solve your cutting plane issue but saves a *&^% of time. If you want you can move your windows into the wall of the building by selecting all windows on each elevation then moving them in all at the same time, this gives you additional depth, or you can add cills to your window if needed.

Cheers Jeff.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby wildswan » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:11 am

I am a newbie just starting to use SketchUp. Following along with this tutorial I have also encountered the same problem as jvh with Step 6. I right click on my imported plan, then click on "use as material". However, when I do this, the plan is NOT greyed out. Then when I click on the paint bucket and get the materials window, my plan is not in it, so I can't select and drop it in my square. I have tried using both .tif and .jpeg images but it doesn't seem to make any difference which format I import the image in. Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong?
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Chris Fullmer » Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:41 am

When you click on the image and choose "Use as Material", it should add the material to your "In Model" materials list. So make sure you are looking at the In Model materials, or it will not show up.

Another option might be to just right click on the image and choose "Explode" and then activate the paintbucket tool, and hold alt and click on the image. That should select the material so you can then use the paint bucket tool to apply it to the other face.

Does any of that help? By the way, welcome to the forum!

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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rose123 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:33 pm

oops, appears i posted this in the wrong place ...n/m
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rose123 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:37 pm

Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Hi, very nice tutorial, but I have some questions I'm hoping someone can answer.

1. I've gotten to step 5, where I've scaled the imported drawing and erased the line. Why can't I just trace directly over this plan now? Is it because I won't be drawing on one plane?

2. About step 6: "right click on your plan image and choose "use as material" and apply the material to the rectangle." How, exactly, do I apply the material? I select/copy, but can't seem to paste it to the rectangle.


Thx for any advice.

edit: Ok, I got the paint bucket to work. Apparently it "paints" the plan at the correct scale, and repeats it multiple times depending on how big the rectangle is. So I suppose I can just trace one of the patterns and then turn off the paint layer.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rose123 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:22 pm

Hi Gaieus,

You said this: "Notice however that a face has two different sides; a white/beige one that is the front or outside of it and a bluish one that is the back face. Always make sure that the back face "faces" inside the "thickness" of the geometry and you can only see white faces everywhere in your model."

I have noticed that outside or inside faces will take on different hues. For instance, here:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/ ... re/box.jpg

the top and sides are different shades, even though they're both outside faces.

I assumed that was because SketchUp is replicating the effects of light; different planes are given different shades of the same color. Is my assumption correct?
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:39 pm

See here to see the colour of front and back faces
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rose123 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:03 pm

Thanks, Rich. I've played with those settings, but even so, it still looks like the outside faces take on different hues by default, such as below.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/ ... e/box2.jpg

To clarify; they're all "fronts" or "backs," but still take on slightly different hues.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:11 pm

that's normal its just shading to give impression of illumination
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Gaieus » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:21 pm

Well, that's just because of the shading I guess. Basically (if you have problems with face orientation), just set the two kinds of faces to something strikingly different. I think Dave uses some irritating magenta or what so that he cannot bear it too long and reverses back faces quickly.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Rose123 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:41 am

Ok, great, thanks, that's what I thought (SketchUp is trying to replicate the effects of light).
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby stephen1766 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:48 pm

I am following the guide. I imported a image plan. I draw a line, group line and image, then use measurement tool to scale the image. Okay so far. How about my image plan do not have 1:1 ratio for X-Y axis. Could I scale both horizontal and vertical seperately ?
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby syburn » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:42 pm

Whats happened to ""üse as material"" in SU 2014?

Odd....
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby pbcsd » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:04 pm

I see the "use as material" selection in 2014, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to apply it to a rectangle I just drew next to the plan? There doesn't appear to be an "in model" materials list either.

Help! :)
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Krisidious » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:46 pm

You can open the material browser window.

Go to the top of SU and hit Window>Materials.
Then the Material Browser will open.

about a 1/3rd of the way down you'll see forward and backward buttons and a home button. hit the home/house button. this will show you all of the materials that are 'in' your model.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby AmrANashat » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:49 pm

Hey, I think this tutorial is great but i can't download the template to start. can you post a working link ?
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Krisidious » Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:45 am

You can get my templates here. http://www.sketchup-house-plans.com/
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby alexjo » Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:37 am

Krisidious wrote:You can get my templates here. http://www.sketchup-house-plans.com/



I keep getting redirected when I click on pt. 3
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby Krisidious » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:09 am

Hmm... the post is missing? Someone with control of the forum here will have to look into where it went.
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

Postby alexjo » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:37 pm

Krisidious wrote:Hmm... the post is missing? Someone with control of the forum here will have to look into where it went.



Yeah, when I click on part 3 it takes me to part 1.


Also, I have a question. Is there a tutorial to build a model based on CAD plans, not images, and in a fast approach ?
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Re: [Tutorial > Modeling] How a Pro Builds a House in SU pt

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