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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Hazza » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:46 am

Another beginners tip:

The behaviour of most tools can be altered by using different keys. SU will tell you what those keys are in the status bar along the bottom of the window, read them.

For example, when you select the "Tape measure" tool you can toggle guide points on and off using the "Ctrl" key.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby GreenToaster » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:33 am

I create a small box so I can quickly reorient the screen cursor onto either of the three default planes - put the cursor on one of the faces of the box, hold down shift to lock the orientation - this works but I'm sure there's a shortcut but I've never discovered what it is.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Edson » Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:32 am

GreenToaster wrote:I create a small box so I can quickly reorient the screen cursor onto either of the three default planes - put the cursor on one of the faces of the box, hold down shift to lock the orientation - this works but I'm sure there's a shortcut but I've never discovered what it is.
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this is a very good tip. i have seen people on videos do that on the axes but i can hardly reproduce that. doing what you suggest works 100% of the time.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Rogue® » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:45 am

If you struggle with placing things or moving lines etc, use the direction keys on your keyboard to lock to either: blue (up or down), red (right), green (left) and to use end points or lines in your model to move to. Take a look at: Window> Preferences> Shortcuts to get a better idea of these things.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby SchreiberBike » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:08 am

It's possible to select a single point with the move tool and move it.

I wish I had learned that when I was a beginner.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:27 am

SchreiberBike wrote:It's possible to select a single point with the move tool and move it.

:thumb:
In addition to this: make sure nothing is (pre)selected when you do this - just click somewhere empty place to deselect anything that may have been selected before.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby watkins » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:30 am

Dear All,

When trying to start a rectangle, line etc with the first click coincident with one of the axes, I often find that inferencing won't work (the cursor cannot find the axis). I get over this by double clicking on the axis with the tape measure tool, creating a construction line co-linear with the axis. Inferencing then works.

A second tip concerns the scale tool. A little used option is entering dimensions rather than a scale factor. Draw a box 1000 mm on a side. Select all and then select the scale tool. Then enter 800mm,400mm,600mm in the VCB and the box will rescale exactly. This option is useful for turning circles/cylinders into ellipses/elliptical shapes with exact major and minor axes.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby skaught » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:13 pm

If you are going to export your model as a 2D jpg image, try going into the options tab on your exporting window and set the image size to a width of 3000.


That way when you Resample to a higher resolution in photoshop or whatever your image looks cleaner.

ps: go to the help menu and watch every video tutorial you can!!!
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Anssi » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:47 pm

skaught wrote:If you are going to export your model as a 2D jpg image, try going into the options tab on your exporting window and set the image size to a width of 3000.
That way when you Resample to a higher resolution in photoshop or whatever your image looks cleaner.

I would put this quite the other way round:
The best looking 2D image exports (jpg, png, tif)are exported this way:
- in the export options (button in the right bottom area of the Export File dialog box) turn OFF antialiasing
- calculate how big an image you need for printing, and export a larger (1.5...3x in pixel width)image than you need. The maximum is 9999 x 9999 pixels
- resize the image in Photoshop (or your favourite image editor) using a good downsampling algorithm, like Bicubic in Photoshop.

This gives much better antialiasing than SU is capable of, and kills off some of the ugly moiré that often appears with tile, brick and other repeating textures exported from SU

With Antialiasing on, image export from SU usually crashes or freezes for most people at around 3000 pixels or bigger. This is a known bug/memory issue.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby mxabucknell » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:07 pm

I don't know if this has been raised before, but my tip would most certainly have to be...

Intersect with model is under the edit menu.

If I had known this when I started sketchup, I would have been making cooler models faster
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How do I save the component I made in my general component l

Postby flo » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:42 pm

My tip would be:
"If you are going to use more than one copy of an item in the model make it a component,

Fine-Now that I made a component I'd like it to be available to me in my component list whenever I open a new sketchup. Is this possible?
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby solo » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:52 pm

Yes, right click and save as .... in a folder within your component library.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby d.alexnine » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:16 pm

Just in case this has not been brought up more than three or four times;
take the time out and watch basecamp vids....
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Kenny » Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:06 pm

To deselect you can use ctrl-T as well as clicking in white space. I use this a lot to avoid zooming out to get white space to click in.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Click Draw » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:15 pm

One thing is while learning is to have a definate project to draw. Don't just sit in front of the computer and figure out what you can draw. Say your gonna build a basic house, and start drawing. Learn keyboard shortcuts as much as possible and also learn what holding ctrl,shift,etc will do when you are performing a function like copying. (like may functions, this is ONE way) To copy, select the object,click on a part of the object(prefferrably a corner of major part of the object),then,before you move the mouse, click the ctrl button, then move your new copy. Hope that makes sense...
Have fun like Solo says....very true.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby solo » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:14 am

- Do not try and learn too many things at once
- Learn about ruby's
- Switch off autosave and get into a routine of saving after major steps (autosave slows down system)
- Only texture at end as textures bog down model
- Do not model new components in scene, open new instance to create new objects and then make them components and import into scene
- Use layers, I repeat use layers as it makes the scene manageable
- Purge entire model regularly
- Walk away, after 30 minutes or so leave your work station and return ater five minutes, as this helps with concentration and a great way to find mistakes as the renewed eye will find faults
- Import amazing models and destroy them in order to learn how they were made, I have learned a lot by other peoples techniques
- If you cannot figure it out, come here and ask
- keep your modeling machine lean, limit the amout of background apps to a bare minimum as it helps with speed and stability.
- Be organized, keep texture and component folders organized as ease of finding stuff means productive workflow.
- Most importantly as I've said before, have fun, enjoy the Sketchup experiance and keep playing as the skills you learn today will be forgotten next month unless you keep at it.

Hope this helps as this is the way I do it.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby 21D » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:16 am

solo wrote:- Do not try......

- Do not model new components in scene, open new instance to create new objects and then make them components and import into scene


....Hope this helps as this is the way I do it.


Hi there SOLO,
I ask may a "why"??
i also have the same workflow as you, but i do not know the why, for this point...
:thumb: :D
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby solo » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:24 am

Rachid,

The reason for this is that opening a new instance of SU enables you to work without interferance, clean and focused on the object you are building, it also helps for smooth workflow as the new instance is free of cumbersome geometry.
If you are using any unstable plugins and you should experiance a crash then only that object crashes and not the scene.
Ever try orbiting an object within a huge scene? well with a new instance where the object is built at 0,0 orbiting is easy and control over the building process is much better.

Hope this helps you undestand my workflow.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby idraft » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:27 am

Go to styles, wireframe and set your model to colour "by axis" ,...oh and dont try to read everything on this forum otherwise you will not get any work done. :roflmao:
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby 21D » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:32 am

@SoLo
Yup helped allot, and i did notice that orbiting in large models is quite a nuisance,
thanks for explaining to me Solo, am definitely going to add it to my work flow :D
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Tobobo » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:51 pm

I learnt from V1 and one of my best tips would be to learn triangulation of surfaces, then you will be able to understand why the sandbox tool is creating that really wired shape.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Jim57 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:45 pm

Ever wonder why the screen navigates the way it does? Put your cursor where you want the action to happen. If you have one model in the foreground and another in the background, put your cursor over the one you want to spin & then orbit. If you are shrinking/expanding the view, you can travel through your scene by putting the cursor on the side you want to move away from. Shrink, then move to the opposite side to expand the view. Since everything moves around the cursor, you will move from one side of your scene to the other.

I work on a Macbook with a scrolling touchpad, so I can always shrink and expand my view easily, no matter what tool is up. This lets me get around without changing to a viewing tool.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:39 am

Yes, definitely ood tips, Jim! :thumb:

One can so easily forget about such "evidences" even after a few months of using SU while it is obvious that simply navigating in/around a model also needs a (however small) learning curve.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby vinnie » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:06 am

Although I am a beginner myself, my beginner tip would be:
First thing before you draw anything, make sure you are drawing in the right unit.
Same with importing a drawing. Make sure on the options tab under review icon, check if it selected the same unit style as your drawing, or else the imported drawing would be wrong scaled.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby GreenToaster » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:56 pm

In addition to setting your units first, if you're going to draw a small object, like a watch, for example, you may also want to disable length snapping, or set this number to a smaller value.

Window --> Model Info --> Units . . .
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:59 pm

In fact, I keep it off all the time.

BUT for a beginner, it CAN be useful until (s)he gets used to using precise vaues in the VCB/Measurement box and/or exploiting the full power of (other) inferences.

At the same time, when trying to trace something on an image, it can become a pain so turn it off immediately then.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby pbacot » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:07 pm

Required Newbie Watching.

Watch these great videos before getting too far. You may find one to answer your immediate question.

Experieced users will also learn things they never knew or forgot.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby jessejames » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:53 am

I would have to say the single most important thing you can do with any software is go through every menu item until you understand what they do. I mean EVERYTHING. From the filemenu on... all the way to preferences and the help menu. You may not understand every menu items usage right away, but you will find later on that by familiarizing yourself with these options you will learn the software much quicker.

When i first started in computers--maybe 2 years ago, i am a late bloomer, i know :)--i had no idea of usergroups, Usenet, chatrooms, much less how to find information on the net. I did not buy a video or read a book, i just opened the software and learned the damn thing.

Get up close an personal with the user interface and your learning will be so much more fun

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:13 pm

:thumb:
Exactly. This is what Jean (Johnny) Lemire also suggests at his 3D BaseCamp session in the "Tips & Tricks" panel (last presenter in this video).
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Jim » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:31 am

Do NOT assign shortcuts to the numberpad keys, especially if you ever use the Numberpad to enter Measuremensts (VCB) values.
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