What's your beginners tip?

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Postby bakanne » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:38 pm

Know how to turn them on and off. A straight line can accidentally end up being several end-to-end segments which "endpoints" will show you. Endpoints will show intersections of very slight angles that you wouldn't otherwise notice and help you see polygons that you didn't know where there. It will help you see why some surface shapes defy closing as you draw line after line.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby x2nie » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:32 am

Yeah, use google (or ur favorite search-engine) when you tired to repeat your activity with SU!

For example, as beginner I dont know how to make a model with paper.
I rotate and rotate again each side of my model...
Luckily, there are some plugin (fold) that makes my life easier,
Even, I feel blessed since there are free-plugin (no cost), as I were a beginner and has no profit from my current work.

So? even often a stupid word (such "Sketchup print model to printer") will make us happier

:)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Aarhus8000 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:28 pm

In woodworking/construction: Model as you are going to build. Learn the dimensions of the materials you are going to use during the build and adhere strictly to these in your model. And draw the hidden parts as well: if you for example will be using mortise and tenon in a joint then draw these too. While you draw your model as you're going to build it you will go through all kinds of considerations and you will find the best solutions for them.

And it's so much easier to press 'Undo' than trying to glue sawdust back together. ;)

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby dukejazz » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:32 pm

Tip_dj no 14
Alternet way to restore toolbars prosition
without using veiw-Toolbar - save toolbars prosition (reg ToolbarsUserCustom-Bar)

Ok you know that everytime you boot sketchup the tool bars are set the same as you left
right

now if you move thing around and if your tool bar get mix up by resizing sketchup bordders and you want to restore toolbars prosition to a standard view (veiw-Toolbar -restore toolbars prosition is ok to use)

but

To return to how it was when you started, just start a new sketchup instance then exit out the old then exit the new.

when you come back toolbar are fix to how they were :D
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby peter_shaw » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:28 am

if this works you are my hero
dukejazz wrote:Tip_dj no 14
Alternet way to restore toolbars prosition
without using veiw-Toolbar - save toolbars prosition (reg ToolbarsUserCustom-Bar)

Ok you know that everytime you boot sketchup the tool bars are set the same as you left
right

now if you move thing around and if your tool bar get mix up by resizing sketchup bordders and you want to restore toolbars prosition to a standard view (veiw-Toolbar -restore toolbars prosition is ok to use)

but

To return to how it was when you started, just start a new sketchup instance then exit out the old then exit the new.

when you come back toolbar are fix to how they were :D
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby RedFoxy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:49 pm

Some of these are really good advices. I keep having trouble with keeping things tidy, but as it was mentioned so many times, nothing makes the work easier than well created groups.
All i can add is that practice makes perfect so keep working with sketchup on a daily basis. Since I started my regular -couple of hours a day, everyday- practice with sketchup I have learned a lot for such a short time, the progress is easily noticeable.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Futurepast » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:00 pm

RedFoxy wrote:Some of these are really good advices. I keep having trouble with keeping things tidy, but as it was mentioned so many times, nothing makes the work easier than well created groups.
All i can add is that practice makes perfect so keep working with sketchup on a daily basis. Since I started my regular -couple of hours a day, everyday- practice with sketchup I have learned a lot for such a short time, the progress is easily noticeable.


And it's good to "test" yourself. When I started 6 months ago I would download a random dwg file and covert it to 3d. I would spend all day trying to get it perfect. This morning I did one in less time than it took to drink my coffee, it's a boost to the ego to measure yourself.I have learned to do a full set of house plans etc. but it's still good to go back to basics once in a while and see how well you can do, as compared to a month or so before.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby pilou » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:36 pm

What is a "random dwg file" ? :shock:
A file yet existing of some houses drawing or something else like cloud points...?
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby mics_54 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:28 pm

my new beginners tip....if you want to highlight a portion of your model...apply transparency to the materials of the rest of the model.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Nvr2L821dr » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:38 am

Begin the plunge [into Sketchup] by using a venue familiar or interesting. In my case, that was woodworking. Having a more objective sight of [clear-to me] goals, I was quicker and more determined to chew deeper into the subject matter and get results. Put a lot sharper bends into my learning curve.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby sfto1 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:58 pm

Never stop searching the forums and other such websites for tips and tricks. I have been using Sketchup for a couple of years now and just discovered some cool tips from a Basecamp tips and tricks video posted to youtube in 2008. :enlight:

One from Chris Fulmer regarding the use of scenes as a tool for working with medium to large models. Great tip!

Watching Gaieus model an Ionic column was impressive. Thanks.

and Susan, thanks for pointing out that components are much more useful (to all) when constructed well.

Here is the link


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9_F-bSGrKs
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby ariesmarz » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:11 am

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:15 am

Here maybe? http://www.chaosgroup.com/en/2/download ... y-sketchup
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby ariesmarz » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:58 am

Gaieus wrote:Here maybe? http://www.chaosgroup.com/en/2/download ... y-sketchup
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Thank you sir
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Blastfurnace » Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:59 am

This may be hard to explain but a little known tip I use is what I call "move without selection" It works on cylinders to make cones...

Draw a circle.
Pull it up into a cylinder.
Rotate so you can see the top.
Now with nothing selected choose the MOVE tool

Now hover your tool around the top edge.
If the edge turns blue you are NOT on a cardinal point and if you move, the circle will move in the direction you move it.
BUT if your point is there as an endpoint and the circle is NOT blue you ARE on a cardinal point.
Moving from there causes the circle to get smaller or larger.

i use this method to make cones rapidly.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Dave R » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:13 am

That's scaling with Cardinal Points and it is is both handy and it seems, little known. You won't get a perfect cone but it'll be close. It works for polygons, too.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Blastfurnace » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:27 am

Dave R wrote:That's scaling with Cardinal Points and it is is both handy and it seems, little known. You won't get a perfect cone but it'll be close. It works for polygons, too.


Scaling with cardinal points is certainly a more accurate term than mine. :) Wanna try something difficult? Try to find it explained without knowing what its called! Takes a bit of googling.

i didn't know about the polygon part. I'll have to play with that.

Thanks

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby dukejazz » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:11 am

Tip_dj no 15
Plugins - InputBox type


The opening of a ruby plug-in with a InputBox usually opens in the center of SU window.

But if you open a sub window of SU like Outliner and select the top bar.

Then running a plug-in with a InputBox again, now center on the sub window of the outliner

Why is this important to know?

Some times a plug-in cover up what you need to see especially a large InputBox

:P -dj
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby jerrymich » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:29 pm

Best tip came from Dave R. (moderator). Change your styles to where the back face is a contrasting color, i.e. green or something similar to make it much easier to see when you have faces that are reversed. Thanks Dave.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby mortenstorgaard » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:28 am

Chris Fullmer wrote:Always use a 3 button mouse with SketchUp. None of those single button Mac mice....stupidest invention ever.

And use shortcut keys.

Chris


Thanks :) love my mac stuff, but guess youre right :) :?
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby local » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:09 pm

Hi!
How can I size an angle formed by two lines?
There is this video?

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Rafferty94 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:45 pm

@local do you mean how to measure the angle between two lines?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqdtaMQrSNY
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby local » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:57 pm

Rafferty94 wrote:@local do you mean how to measure the angle between two lines?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqdtaMQrSNY


Can be measured by the 'Protractor' tools, but is not scaled.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Rafferty94 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:02 pm

Measure using the protractor and then using the rotate tool, rotate the line you wish to move around to match the construction line given by the protractor tool? :-S
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby local » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:24 pm

Rafferty94 wrote:Measure using the protractor and then using the rotate tool, rotate the line you wish to move around to match the construction line given by the protractor tool? :-S


It's Okay.

How to scaled (Dimensions)?
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby local » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:51 pm

In AutoCAD:

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Rafferty94 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:59 pm

Anyone can jump in on this but I don't think there is a way to input angle dimensions in SU.

Chris Fullmer has created a free plugin called ShapeBender that seems quite good at shaping text to a curve or arc.

If whatever you need this for is just going to be used to see the dimension then I would suggest drawing and arc between the two points and then curving the text (The dimensions of the angle) to the curve.

viewtopic.php?f=180&t=18210&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=bender
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby local » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:10 pm

I understand. I think there is a faster way.

thanks
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Box » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:14 pm

There is an Angular Dimension tool available.
viewtopic.php?p=376893#p376893
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby CL » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:35 am

My tip would be to make sure you know what scale you are working in. If you start with something downloaded from the warehouse that is a random size, everything else can go pearshaped. You start adjusting things by eye to look right and then find there is nothing you can actually put a tapemeasure on, no known dimensions.
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