What's your beginners tip?

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Mensa » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:38 am

These tips helped greatly, thanks!
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby mm5949 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:13 pm

It took me a while, but I finally learned the "Intersect with Model" tool. This is a good (only?) way to make accurate mortise and tenons for woodworking. It's explained on page 222 of the (downloadable...887 pages!) SU User's Guide which I downloaded from the official SU website (at http://sketchup.google.com/support/bin/ ... wer=116174). It is a powerful tool. :enlight:
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby vindemiatrix » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:55 pm

hello everyone and all the french community in the world ^^ my tips for beginners it's to learn with the video on youtube cut your screen in two , one youtube one sketchup and practice on one things everyday first the basics with sketchup4school but they are american so it's hard to undrestand because of there texas accent eating bublle gum ^^

and go far , found "good" technical tuto is quite difficult like how using the light in vray or how smooth or connect the edge but there is !!!
like "andeciuala" he speak a undertandle englih speak slowly i think he was indian cool people and explain very well and so technic amazing i use a plugin for firefox to save this tuto it's download helper a free plugin that's all .
i design for jewellery in france .
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby chrisjk » Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:20 am

mm5949 wrote:It took me a while, but I finally learned the "Intersect with Model" tool. This is a good (only?) way to make accurate mortise and tenons for woodworking. It's explained on page 222 of the (downloadable...887 pages!) SU User's Guide which I downloaded from the official SU website (at http://sketchup.google.com/support/bin/ ... wer=116174). It is a powerful tool. :enlight:


To save the palaver of deleting a lot of unwanted geometry after using an intersect operation, I find Bool Tools from Smustard indispensable.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby bob-designer » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:02 am

Never draw anything twice. Never draw anything twice. In my cad days it was Blocks.
In SU, make it a component. My tip, Bob
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby jessemorton24 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:48 am

CONVERT INTERSECTION CONTOUR LINES TO UNIFORM B SPLINES FROM FREDO's PLUGIN!!! THEN EXTRUDE BY RAILS!!!! FROM TIG's PLUGGINS!!! ANYTIME YOU INTERSECT TO FACES TO CREATE A CONTOUR LINE FOR COMMAND EXTRUDE PROFILE AND RAILS!!.. AND DO IT AT 100!!!! SO IT IS SOFT AS A BABY'S BOBO!! :berserk:
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby mitcorb » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:38 am

It may have been said several times in this topic:
Go through all of the 9 or so pages in this thread.
Then look up the Duh/Doh thread. There "may" be some gems there, too.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby ~GoldenFrog®~ » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:46 pm

pmolson wrote:Beginners of an appropriate age of course.
Awww...really? :roflmao:
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby leedeetee » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:52 pm

I've no idea if this has been covered before but one think I have just discovered (embarassing!) is the fact that when moving/rotating groups or components, rather than having to use the rotate tool (which can be tricky if the object hasn't a flat face, e.g a person or a tree) you can just use the move function and rotate with the little red crosses that appear on the faces.

I know this is probably old news but it saved me a load of time/heartache. :oops:

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby iiian2009 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:35 pm

As a beginner myself, I don’t feel that I am really qualified to give tips, but … I have found that learning to use layers properly has helped me enormously. By turning on and off layers, you can access and see parts of your model that would otherwise be very difficult to work on. Imagine if you could do this in real life - you would be able to scratch your feet without taking your shoes and socks off! Bliss! :berserk:
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:02 pm

iiian2009 wrote:As a beginner myself, I don’t feel that I am really qualified to give tips...

This is not true. There is nothing more important in the learning process than these "enlightenment" moments and sharing them with other beginners can bring seemingly basic but not necessarily obvious things (more experienced users may not even think about) to their attention.

Now as for your "discoveries"; if you turn some layers off and make a scene (View > animation > add scene - or when you already have one, just rightclickon the tab and "add..." or add one from the scene manager - see below) then turn them on again and make another scene, next time you do not even have to go and turn them on - just click on the scene tab and the parts "vanish".

Best is to open your scene manager (Window menu) and uncheck the "camera location" and "Include animation" when you only use the scenes for working. Don't forget to refresh the scenes if you make any changes in existing ones.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby gabwil » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:14 pm

maybe the wrong place for this question...

Is there one place to see all available plugins?

I find posts about the ones I want but have a hard time finding the actual file for download. I am looking for: line_normals

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:41 am

Hi Gabwil,

Here is an extension index where you can find most of the plugins ever published and here is a list of plugins published on these forums (some are not listed in the index above). The actual plugins are generally attached to the bottom of the very first post (by the author) in each topic.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby xrok1 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:46 pm

and the #1 beginner tip is.... post a picture (even 2d or hand drawn!) of what your trying to acheive with your question!!!!! :twisted:
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby gonegoing » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:39 pm

Learn keyboard shortcuts. It really speeds things up
Another one: When you export an image do so at about 3000 pixels. Then reduce image size in Photoshop to smooth the lines.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Dadoing » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:27 pm

1. If you use Microsoft Office, check out MS OneNote for collecting and organizing notes about SU.

2. First time you open Sketchup to see what it's all about, consider setting it up to look like the attached image. Check out View/Toolbars.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby JamesPhilip » Mon May 10, 2010 6:17 pm

Hi. I wanted to share a technique that I learned. While working with large projects, the computer becomes slow while using the orbit tool for rotating, or the Pan tool. I usually switch to wire frame mode just before using those tools, and after rotating or panning, switch back to the shaded view. I think this method reduces the load on the computer.
Another method is to assign plants, furniture, vehicles etc., to particular layers, turn off those layers and turn them back on after completing the detailing works. This also reduces the load on the computer.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby JamesPhilip » Mon May 24, 2010 10:08 am

I would like to share another method that helped me to keep every thing in order. Suppose you are modelling a complicated shape, like a designer window inside one of the rooms in a house. First you turn the window into a group. The window should be at the exact location where you want it to be in the finished model of the house.Move this group a particular distance, say about 300 cms or 10 ft(using multiples of 100 will be easy. Also dont forget this distance) along the blue axis in the upward direction. Now the group is away from the model of the house. Now you can select the house without affecting the window and hide it. This will reduce the load on the computer. The parallel projection mode and front, side or rear view can be used with advantage for selecting the house. Now do the detailing works on the window. After that unhide the house and move the window 300 cms down.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Mon May 24, 2010 11:39 am

Hi James,

What if you turn the window into a component instead of a group and only move a copy a little out of the way? In this case, you can work on the component while the original copy (being just another instance of the same definition) will instantly inherit any changes you make on this copy component.

You basically spare only one step; moving the window back to its original position but this can even be a bit more tedious and in this case you need not even do those movements so precisely etc.

Another way to work on elements without the disturbing surrounding is to "hide the rest of the model" while working inside a group/component (this can be found under Window > Model info y Components - but you can also add a toggle shortcut key)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby JamesPhilip » Fri May 28, 2010 8:28 am

I agree with you Gaieus. Components are more powerful than Groups. But I had a feeling that all features of Components are not available in Sketchup free version. I am trying to learn more about them.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby dylan » Fri May 28, 2010 8:34 am

You get the full features of Groups and Components in the free version.
There is very little difference between Pro and Free. The main differences being file export and Layout. There are a few more but all the modelling tools are the same.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby TIG » Fri May 28, 2010 10:01 am

Note that with Free you can use Dynamic Components, but you can't make them - that needs Pro...
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Fri May 28, 2010 11:20 am

True but for this job, you do not need Dynamic Components.

In fact, though I have the Pro version, I extremely rarely use any of the Pro functions.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby MAXV65 » Mon May 31, 2010 3:17 pm

Hello group. My name is Craig. I'm fairly new to sketchup, having used a variety of 3d modelers in the past. Really enjoying it. I have one question. I'm looking for a plugin that would provide 'saved' selection sets, or the ability to re-highlight last selection or group. I'm not going to bore everybody with why, and therefore's, but needless to say it would seem a valuable time saver.

thanks for your time, and thanks for a great forum.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby TIG » Mon May 31, 2010 8:46 pm

See http://www.smustard.com/script/SelectionMemory for free, or the inexpensive v2 there too...
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby MAXV65 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:30 pm

TIG wrote:See http://www.smustard.com/script/SelectionMemory for free, or the inexpensive v2 there too...


thanks a bunch. that will work.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Vicspa » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:58 pm

I did not read all of the other tips, but I'm sure someone has said this already, and it's worth repeating.
"SAVE OFTEN" ...SketchUP has a tendency to "crash often". :D
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby NOLA Saint™ » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:35 am

This may have been said before but please SAVE YOUR MODEL FREQUENTLY, Every few minutes, just take the 10 seconds out to push [CTRL] + [S]. you don't want to be in the position where your model bug splats (crashes) and you lose all your work. I learned this the hard way, but i hope you won't.
Another tip: Learn by watching. Look at other users' models, especially their WIP (Work in progress. AKA an unfinished model) models. You might see how they do it. You might learn a new trick or a new way to use a certain tool. Don't be afraid to ask someone how they made a model either.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby ~GoldenFrog®~ » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:49 am

NOLA Saint™ wrote:Look at other users' models, especially their WIP (Work in progress. AKA an unfinished model) models. You might see how they do it. You might learn a new trick or a new way to use a certain tool. Don't be afraid to ask someone how they made a model either.
Agreed. But about saving, that's why SU has autosave ;) Though it is always good to be on the safe side.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby pilou » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:17 am

Save is cool but when your file becomes some big that is less cool ;)
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