Google SketchUp is an easy-to-use application that helps you learn how to create 3D models of residential buildings, hangars, garages, rooftops, various extensions to homes and even spacecraft.
With SketchUp you can easily add details, change the textures, dimensions of your models, industrial objects with great accuracy, as well as place ready-made models on Google Earth, share them with others, post them on the website 3D Warehouse or print copies. Google SketchUp is a great way to find out if you like 3D modeling.
SketchUp includes the following tools:
Drawing and geometric modeling: Polygon, FollowMe (a tool for creating simple and complex shapes - circles, ovals, squares, Offset (a tool for building proportional reduced copies of an object) and Intersect with Model;
Design: Dimension, Tape Measure, Protractor, Section Slice, Layers, Area & Length Calculation.
The SketchUp program allows:
Draw, edit, measure, rotate and scale geometric shapes;
divide the 3D model into sections for viewing and finishing of internal parts;
apply ready-made textures to the model or create new ones;
Add to your model ready-made components such as trees, cars, windows, doors, people or create new ones;
touch up, soften the facial features;
model real-time shadows from objects for any point on the globe;
to simulate the placement of cameras;
to do web tours;
to create excursions - presentations;
export 2D graphics files (.JPG,.PNG,.TIF.TGA.BMP) to 3D models (0.3 DS.DDF.DWG.DXF.SCP);
export 2D images of their models (. JPG,. BMP,. PNG,. TIF);
to print out model images;
to develop additional applications for the program with the help of Ruby language.
SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool for professional designers: the professional version of SketchUp gives professional designers the possibility to develop and analyze the most complex design objects.
SketchUp users can:
Export models in 3DS, DWG, DXF, OBJ, XSI, VRML and FBX formats;
export animations and step-by-step guides in MOV and AVI files;
use organic object modeling (Sandbox) and Film & Stage tools;
import and export GIS data;
print and export bitmap images at a higher resolution than the display;
Receive free technical support for two years after purchasing the program;
Use the software for commercial purposes (free version for personal use only).
Simulate everything you can imagine: renovate your living room, create new furniture, create large city models for Google Earth. The possibilities of SketchUp are endless.
SketchUp makes 3D modeling a pleasure: powerful, high-quality software can also be a pleasure to use - the secret is that the tools and features of SketchUp are intuitive and work as you expect. Millions of our users will agree with that.
Get your models online for free: you can build models from scratch or download what you need. People from all over the world share their models on Google 3D Warehouse.
Start right now: dozens of video lessons, extensive reference material, users around the world. If you want to create three-dimensional models with SketchUp - just do it!
NOTE: Google SketchUp is free software for personal use only.
- Edges and Faces: Each SketchUp model consists of only two things: ribs and edges. Ribs are straight lines, edges are simple two-dimensional shapes, which are obtained from the intersection of lines. For example, a rectangular edge has four edges that are connected at right angles. To build models in SketchUp there are some simple tools that you will get acquainted with in a short time;
- Push/Pull: Quickly move from 2D to 3D: With the Push/Pull tool, you can quickly transfer any flat surface to a 3D image. This is an option to create volumetric shapes and adjust the thickness of the object. Just press the button, move the mouse cursor and press the button to stop. Thus, it is possible, having drawn only a contour of a ladder, to transfer it in 3D. The same way a window will appear in the wall. Push / Pull is the reason why SketchUp is considered an easy to use program;
- Measurement accuracy: Since you work on a computer, everything you create in SketchUp can be accurately measured. There are design tools for this. Besides, scale models can be printed on a paper or exported to other programs, for example, AutoCAD and 3ds MAX;
- Follow Me: Using the Follow Me tool, 3D forms are created by pulling 2D surfaces along a given path. You can create a three-dimensional image of the bottle by half of its design, you can round the edges on layouts such as handrails, furniture and electronic gadgets;
- Paint Bucket: When you create your own models, you can use the necessary colors to fill individual parts or the entire layout, draw the models with the necessary colors and textures;
- Groups and Components: In order to specify the view of the individual parts of the volume objects, the Groups tool can be used to create subobjects that are easier to move, copy and hide. Components are similar to Groups in many ways, but with one feature: the copied items are linked together, so the changes you make to one component are displayed on all the others. Windows, doors, chairs and millions of other components of your model can be changed by changing just one;
- Shadow: Drawing shadows in SketchUp has become simple and accurate: now your objects will cast correct shadows in real time anywhere in the world with the help of Shadow Engine;
- Sections: The Sections tool allows you to "cut" parts of your project temporarily and "look inside". You can use this feature to create drawings, export forms to CAD programs that use SketchUp Pro, or to get a more complete view of your model while working on it. Section Planes allows you to move, rotate and even animate your created projects;
- Scenes: We've created Scenes so that you can easily save the exact view of your model so that you can return to it later. Is there a need for animation? Simply create a few of these episodes and click on the button;
- Look Around and Walk: SketchUp has a set of simple navigation tools designed to give you a first-person view. Click on the camera position to "stand" anywhere in your model. Using the Look Around tool allows you to "twirl your head". Walk allows you to explore your creation on foot, even going up and down stairs, ramps and other architectural elements, just like in video games;
- Dimensions and Labels: You can use intuitive tools to add dimensions, annotations and various markups to your model;
- Instructor: Instructor is a dialog box where you can get help in your work context;
- Layers and Outliner: When building a large and complex model, you can easily get confused. SketchUp provides two simple ways to keep control of the workflow - Layers and Inserts;
- Google Earth: SketchUp and Google Earth are part of the same family of products, which allows you to exchange information between them. Need a construction site for your project? Import scalable aerial photography, including topography, directly from Google Earth to SketchUp with just one click. Want to see your SketchUp models in context in Google Earth? Just press another button. Everyone can use SketchUp to create models that everyone can see in Google Earth;
- Sandbox Tools: Sandbox tools allow you to create, optimize and change 3D terrain. You can create smooth landscapes from a variety of contour lines, add embankments, valleys, create sites for buildings and roads;
- 3D Warehouse site: The 3D Warehouse site is a huge online repository of 3D models. Why build something when you can download it for free
- Import 3DS: You can import 3DS files directly into the SketchUp model. If there is a sample in 3DS format that you would like to use, you just need to import it and then save it;
- Image Import: With SketchUp you can import image files in JPG, TIFF, PNG and PDF formats. You can use them on your own or apply them to the surface to create photorealistic models of buildings, packaging designs and more;
- Export TIFF, JPEG and PNG: SketchUp allows you to export bitmap images of up to 10,000 square pixels, generate images to be sent by email, and publish in documents and other projects.