Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies

Go 3D with Google’s exciting architectural design software for Mac and Windows

Whether you need to learn 3D modeling for business or you’re just eager to see what you can create, Google SketchUp and Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies are for you. Available in both a free hobbyist version and a full-featured professional version, SketchUp explodes the myth that 3D modeling software must be complicated to learn and use. This book will take you step by step through downloading and using both versions on both Mac and Windows. There are even video walkthroughs on the companion Web site.

  • Google’s exciting 3D modeling software offers hobbyists as well as architects, engineers, and industrial designers a less complicated tool for architectural rendering, urban planning, set design, game design, and other uses
  • This guide explains both the free and professional versions for both Windows and Mac
  • Covers the basic concepts of 3D modeling and how to build a 3D model, print or share your work online, export your drawing to another design package or Google Earth, and create a detailed set of plans
  • Companion Web site features video walkthroughs

Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies gets you up and running with 3D modeling quickly and easily.

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3 thoughts on “Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies”

  1. No more a DUMMY! Before I read this book, I thought I knew a lot about Googe SketchUp 8 but afterwards, I realized how little I really did know. Sure, I had progressed beyond the novice stage some time back but this book filled in all those little gaps in my knowledge base, eliminated all those bad practices that I had developed over time and generally made me so much more productive.For example, I was using LAYERS in the same manner that I was used to in earlier 2D packages. Author Aidan Chopra gently but firmly pointed out the errors of my ways and that LAYERS in SU8 (which is a 3D drawing package) is used in a different way and that I should be placing more importance on GROUPS and COMPONENTS.Aidan makes the point that his book is not for the complete novice, explaining that he does not cover all the menu items and icons within the SU8 package. But, and this I think is important, he does presume that you are perhaps new to 3D modeling. To this end, he steps the reader through the early chapters at a gentle pace, culminating in Chapter 4, which is entitled “BUILDING BUILDINGS”. From here on, the going gets a little tougher but nothing to be frighten about. Indeed, I was fascinated with the chapter entitled – “BEYOND BUILDINGS”, which taught me how to draw organic forms with the SCALE TOOL; something that had eluded me up to that point.I found it a well rounded book, with the balance just right between the written word and illustrative diagrams. After the first read, it can easily be used as a reference book, with chapters dedicated to particular subject matter. An excellent product and highly recommended!No more am I an DUMMY!!

  2. Good Tool For A Beginner It’s easy to understand. You can jump right in and start using SketchUp. The use of bullet points, tips, etc are precise and to the point. My only slight disappointments are with the Kindle version. The Color Plates seem to be missing and they break up a page, so a page on the Kindle isn’t necessarily what is a page in the actual book. So, you can’t always see a diagram they are talking about while you are reading what the diagram refers to.

  3. Google Sketup 8 for Dummies This book does an excellent job of explaining Sketchup 8, it’s tools and many of the techniques used to obtain desired results. I was able to take a client’s idea for an invention from his verbal desciption to a 3D model in a couple of weeks with what I learned from this book. Now if I could find a similar book explaining how to use Sketchup’s most popular 3rd party 3D rendering and animation solutions like Podium, Blender and Poser, I’d be able to take my sketchup models to the next level. Any suggestions?

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