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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby cmd » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:13 pm

Work with all aspects of "Inference Locking" so it becomes second nature to you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFfmIgJqlIw&feature=channel_page

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby boofredlay » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:06 pm

I don't know if this was mentioned yet but:
Use the Tape Measure tool and the SU Axis lines to create Guides (Construction Lines).
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby broomstick » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:12 pm

Edson wrote:the three pillars of modelling well (IMHO, of course):
1. work ALWAYS on layer 0;
2. GROUP whatever geometry you are creating (in case there should be more than one copy of it, make it a COMPONENT);
3. place it on another LAYER whose name makes sense (essential for controlling the model's visualization).


This is very true, but it can lead to a lot of problems, when you export your model to another program, to render it. It happened to me, exporting the model to 3D Studio, and I had to open every group and re-assign all the geometry.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby broomstick » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:15 pm

Ecuadorian wrote:3) Until you get used to the 3-point perspective SketchUp uses, you might want to activate the colored crosshairs (Window > Preferences > Drawing > Display crosshairs).

My 2 cents.


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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby broomstick » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:39 pm

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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Maya style, if I understand what youre doing :)
The shortcuts are there: ctrl+1, 2, 3 enable front, left, top etc (not in this order I am only making an exmple here)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:00 pm

Kenny wrote: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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doesn't work on macs.. what i like to do in these circumstances(zoomed in with no white space) is just select something that is visible to then shift/select it... that will deselect everything in the model + it's just plain intuitive for me to work like that..
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:14 pm

i'm not sure where i learned it from but something that really helped me out/sped me up/ridded me of some frustrations was learning about the single/double/triple click selecting...

if someone knows a link, post it up.. otherwise, i'll look around for it a little later..

(i'll edit this post once it's been sorted out)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby cliff » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:33 pm

My tip has probably already been mentioned in some form before this, but it's still the one major thing I tell people when showing them SU for the first time: Go through and set up all your own hot keys as soon as possible so you can (a) learn all of the tools and what they do, and (b) create a workflow and keyboard system that you can relate to. If the defaults wrk for ya, great, but at least go through every possible hot key and try it out!
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby GreenToaster » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:01 am

Maya style, if I understand what youre doing :)
The shortcuts are there: ctrl+1, 2, 3 enable front, left, top etc (not in this order I am only making an exmple here)

I tried CTRL+1, & so forth - this doesn't work on my machine (Windows version).
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby bulbucila » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:35 am

My tips are 3 actualy:
- whenever you are making more instancing of a model make it a component
- if you want to modify just one of them make it unique (right click "Make unique")
- if you want to reuse one component you make into other projects, click on "window - Components " and click on the plus sign to open another tab with components, you then can drag the components in your project (home icon) onto the components folder (browse)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby bulbucila » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:37 am

One more tip:
- make components or groups on the early stage of creation, that way it will be easyer to handle (excuse my bad english)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby bulbucila » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:44 am

One tip for large models:
- if you work with a large model with a lot of geometry, in order to avoid slow motion orbiting, use "Hide rest of model" best is to asign a shortcut key, that way when you edit a component or group the rest of the model will not be shown and will work faster (again pardon my bad english)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby jwlyon1 » Thu May 21, 2009 7:08 am

This tip is hard to explain.
When rotating, click+drag along the desired rotation axis.

This lets you select a funky rotation axis with ease, and more importantly, repeatability.

Here's a quick vid, I'm having trouble embedding it. Sorry!
http://www.screencast.com/t/H30ObYtL
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Thu May 21, 2009 12:37 pm

Definitely an important one. Unfortunately it hardly gets any "exposure" in the SU Guide; the only place it's marginally mentioned is the "Folding along an axis of rotation" header when it explains autofold here:
http://download.sketchup.com/sketchuphe ... Rotate.htm
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby alarm » Thu May 28, 2009 9:17 am

I always put Components, Materials, Styles, Scenes and Shadow settings at right side! Easy to access
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby pilou » Thu May 28, 2009 9:40 am

Take a look at the Duh thread ;)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby mogogirl » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:26 pm

As I'm still a beginner, take this for what it is worth. The biggest help for me was the Aidan Chopra series of videos on YouTube. I now also have the companion guide.."SketchUp for Dummies". He is very plain spoken and easy to understand and has lots of great tips. Just perfect for a complete newbie to 3D graphics like me!

Hope this helps!
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby idraft » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:14 am

If you are always having trouble opening your models because you work with different versions eg SU6 & SU7 you can drag and drop your model over the SU shortcut you created on your desktop. This opens SU straight away.

If anyone knows a way to right click and open with the correct SU version in your pull down menu that would be handy too. :enlight: after all how do you tell if your model has been created in SU 6/7 without exploring properties. They have the same symbol "whatsamecallit"
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby =Physicsguy= » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:26 am

You'll want to become familiar with the functions of all the tools. Things are much easier if you understand what you are doing. You should also group any object you create, so you don't run into problems where two faces have the same edge. Save your works frequently.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby TIG » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:01 am

Make shortcuts of frequently used tools/operations... it will make life so much easier.
Get used to using them you will quickly speed up considerably...

Some obvious ones are built-in like...
<Spacebar>=Select
M=ove
L=ine
A=rc
C=ircle
P=ushpull
F=ollowme
S=cale
T=apemeasue [*actually I swap this to T=extTool and D=istanceTool(i.e.tapemeasure) + alt+D=imensions]
R=otate
E=raser
Z=oom
...
However, some extra ones speed things up even more, like... [here's what I use but you should choose your own]
Q = Quick reverse faces - you have to have a face selected for Reverse to show in the Preferences Shortcut filter...
H =Hide - again you have to have a selection for Hide to show in the Preferences Shortcut filter...
shift+H = unHide - again you have to have a selection for Hide to show in the Preferences Shortcut filter...
ctrl+H = Hide rest of model during an edit - toggle
ctrl+alt+H = Hide similar components during an edit - toggle
U = Un-select everything - ctrl+T is also built-in... but I think that just pressing U is quicker...
shift+X = eXplode
alt+S = Smooth
alt+E= Entity-Info
alt+M = Material browser
alt+B = Component Browser
alt+X = Xray mode toggle
alt+G = hidden Geometry toggle
alt+V = show Axes toggle
\ = Delete all Guides
F2 = open Ruby-Console
etc etc

I also swap G to 'Make Group' and make B 'Make Component' [as B=Block in ACAD]; however, if you want to keep G as your 'Make Component' shortcut, try adding shift+G for 'Make Group' - making groups is a vital way of keeping your geometry separated and tidy - shortcut key is very useful...

The well known...
ctrl+Z = Undo
ctrl+X = Cut
ctrl+C = Copy
ctrl+V = Paste
_Can be added to with this...
ctrl+shift+V = Paste in Place - p[art of a quick way to cut something from one group and paste it into another in the same place...
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby GreenToaster » Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:33 pm

Draw something that has an amorphic shape - sketch it out by hand, then create it with S/U. This may be more challenging than you think - pick something "easy" to begin with. Human body parts - head, hand, foot - are really very challenging to reproduce with accurate proportions and details.

Start with something simple and fun - it's a great way to learn more about S/U.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gloryboy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:24 am

Use the forum like it's your best friend...ask for help when you are in trouble. No sense stumbling in the dark when someone is more than willing to shed some light on your problem.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby arklandesign » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:49 pm

As a month old sketchup user the things that have assisted me most recently, are the following:

1. When working on a model and making changes always save with the same name but add version 2 or 3 or 13... This way, if you make a mistake you can always go back to a previously saved version.

2. Locking groups assists in keeping ones sanity, it's only one extra click to do or undo, but can save one a lot of anguish.

3. Sometimes orbiting with the eraser or the move tool active, is akin to running around with a virtual pair of scissors.

I think the most important rule to remember is always... always.... group... It took me some time to get into the habit, but it makes all the difference. Also, always check components downloaded from 3DWH for extra layers and mistakes and purge them to the default layer, B4 introducing them into ones own model. Don't take it for granted that the model one has downloaded is safe to use... they sometimes simply aren't. Ever since I picked up this tip from Gaeius in this forum, life has been a lot more stress free.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Gaieus » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:00 pm

arklandesign wrote:...Sometimes orbiting with the eraser or the move tool active, is akin to running around with a virtual pair of scissors...

Haha. How true. And how much I recognise my girlfriend (who is NOT using "virtual" weapons only)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby •BTM » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:44 am

• If you ever want to select an object enclosed in faces, instead of zooming into it, delete an enclosing face, select the object, then undo. The object will stay selected.

• If you ever wish you had a tool for doing something specific, such as push/pull on curved surfaces, making tapers, creating bezier curves, sculpting, flattening geometry, painting materials randomly on faces, rounding corners, or something else, you might find what you're looking for in the plugins forum.

• Look for free textures on the internet. The ones that come with sketchup aren't usually that good.

• Figure out the keyboard shortcuts for all the tools. If you don't know one, just guess. ( L = line, R = rectangle, C = circle, O = orbit, etc.)
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby takesh h » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:59 am

Use Outliner to select groups and components.
If you have comprehensive naming convention for them, selecting deeply nested components within others is a piece of cake.
It will drastically reduce the need of zooming in + out and orbiting around the space because it will grant you access even to components outside of your screen... or no matter how small they appear on the screen.
So... Let's start grouping and naming them!
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Cyberdactyl » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:21 pm

Didn't see this mentioned in the thread, however, I may have missed it.

If you're working in tight and especially inside detailed areas, create a scene saving that perspective and position. If you get turned around and disoriented, you can quickly return to the view.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby Tobobo » Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:29 pm

I have one,

If you are working in a big detailed model that is slow to open or change scenes. Set up a scene with only the basic geometry on so you can use it to move around. This is helpful when creating an animation.
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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby bakbek » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:35 am

Hi all,

I keep watching this forum, but never did post much... but I've just posted a new article on my blog at http://www.ronenbekerman.com called 9 SketchUP Tips for better 3d modeling workflow that sums up my tips for a SketchUP beginner users or even more experienced ones.

Do check it out.

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Re: What's your beginners tip?

Postby ~GoldenFrog®~ » Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:20 am

The axes tool is a nice one. you can line up your axes with the perhaps not sraight face that you are working on. I think its in the "Large tool set" Hope I help someone with this. :ugeek:
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