Course Outline


SketchUp at Glance

  • Templates
  • Toolbars and components
  • Model settings

Drawing Tools

  • Line tool
  • Rectangle tool, circle tool, polygon tool, and arc tool
  • Freehand tool

Preparing the Development Environment

  • Installing and configuring SketchUp
  • Setting up templates, toolbars, and working files


  • Applying 2D CAD drawings
  • Implementing a base
  • Building the external shell
  • Shaping shell slopes
  • Forming openings
  • Applying internal walls, windows, and doors
  • Capping the roof


  • Adding materials to objects
  • Importing images
  • Creating textures
  • Modifying the material placement

External Features

  • Adding the water feature
  • Working with landscaping
  • Implementing the path edge
  • Adding external planting

Internal Features

  • Modeling the interior fixtures
  • Building the low units
  • Building the high units
  • Adding trim
  • Decorating the interior
  • Loading furniture

Styling and Scenes

  • Styling the model
  • Adding a watermark
  • Cutting sections
  • Creating elevation scenes
  • Creating plans and sections
  • Adding perspective views


  • Locating the model
  • Mapping shadows
  • Creating a shadow study

From Model to Reality

  • Using JPEG and PNG
  • Using KMZ for Google Earth

Summary and Conclusion


  • An understanding of 3D models


  • Architects
  14 Hours


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