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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby JQL » Wed May 17, 2017 12:22 pm

Rich O Brien wrote:Someone needs to make an Extension called Deep Dive that brings you into the murky waters of selecting Component#512 by simply knowing you want to select it.


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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Box » Wed May 17, 2017 2:07 pm

Rich O Brien wrote:Someone needs to make an Extension called Deep Dive that brings you into the murky waters of selecting Component#512 by simply knowing you want to select it.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby eneroth3 » Sun May 21, 2017 7:25 am

Don't think of layers as layers. They don't introduce drawing contexts as layers in other programs usually do (e.g. LayOut). In SketchUp groups and components server that purpose. Think of layers as tags that you apply to entities, not places you put the entities on. Also, think of layer0 as "none" or "No tag has been applied" as it is fundamentally diofferent from the "other" layers. It's the only one that cannot be renamed or deleted.

Think of the default material as No Material. That makes material inheritance in groups and components and the fact that its color is controlled from Styles and not Materials much easier to understand.

Read the status bar! The native tools and properly made plugins show a lot of useful information here.

Remember that the instructor exists. A lot of users, including myself, starts off by hiding the instructor because it's too d**n distracting with its animation. However, if you don't know how a tool functions or forget what modifier keys there are, or even just are curious if there is any additional functionality of the tool that you didn't know of, the instructor is a very useful resource.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby eneroth3 » Sun May 21, 2017 7:34 am

Oh, forgot the maybe most important tip:

Group anything that can be though of as an objects of its own, whether it's a chair, a door, a door handle, a chair leg or the little plastic end of the chair leg that protects the floor. Grouping allows you to move around items without having them stick to other items.

Anything that is a product that can be bought and has a name, e.g. a car or a window, should be made a component. This way it shows up in the Component browser's In Model category and can be easily re-used. If the object only exists in a specific context, e.g. a slab cast on site, it should be a group. This way it doesn't clutter the component browser.
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