SketchUp Free for Beginners

By the end of this course, you will be able to take your ideas and model them in SketchUp Free or SketchUp Shop.  SketchUp Free/Shop runs inside any modern browser with no download/installation.

This is a perfect course for you if you've never used a 3D modeling program before, and are interested in trying SketchUp to model your projects, whether you're a student, hobbyist, interior designer, kitchen designer, carpenter, woodworker, homeowner, or anyone else who wants to bring their ideas to life.

When you complete this course, you'll be able to:

  • Visualize your ideas by creating 3D shapes using SketchUp's drawing tools.
  • Navigate around your model to get the perfect perspective on what you're working on.
  • Make changes to your model by mastering the Select, Move, Scale, and Rotate tools.
  • Use measurements and guides to create dimensionally accurate models.
  • Understand how to organize a model using groups, components and layers in order to easily isolate and manipulate the parts of your model.
  • Add colors and materials to your models to make them visually pop.
  • Save scenes in your model to quickly recall different configurations and perspectives of your model.
  • Apply a different style to your model to change its entire look with one click.

Section Overview

Here's what you'll learn in each section of this course. You'll be creating your own models as you go through the course. You'll start out with a tool caddy, then you'll build your own tiny house.

Your First SketchUp Model

In the first section, you'll dive right in, creating your first model while you're guided through using a number of different tools to create a tool caddy. We don't dive too deep on any particular tool. This section is designed to get your feet wet by creating something right away.

Getting Detailed

We'll take a step back and review the SketchUp interface as well as some common characteristics throughout SketchUp. You'll learn the fundamental behaviors of SketchUp and how the basic entity types interact with each other. This important information will allow you to manipulate your model however you like.

Organized and Accurate

In this section, you'll learn how to organize your model so you can work on the various parts of your model more easily. You'll create a tiny house model throughout this section and into the next. We'll also cover additional modeling tools, layers, guides, and how to import models from the 3D warehouse.

Changing the Look

Using materials, styles, shadows, and fog, you'll learn how to change the look of your model. Section cuts will be used to slice through your model, and scenes will recall various views of your model. You'll also explore different ways to explore your model, and how to annotate it with dimensions and text.

Saving and Exporting

You'll learn how to save and share your model, and how to export a couple different file types.

Course Tips

This course is divided up into separate lessons which may include written or video tutorials. Sometimes it can be hard to switch back and forth between SketchUp and the course. Here are some tips to give you the best experience while completing your course.

Use two Monitors: The best approach is to have two monitors, where you have the course maximized in one screen, and SketchUp in the other. If you don't have two monitors, there are some other options.

Use another device: You could also load the course on another device such as your phone or tablet, while you have SketchUp open on your computer.

Alternate between browser tabs: If you have a single monitor, open SketchUp in one tab, and the tutorial in another tab, and press CTRL+TAB to alternate between the two tabs.

Video tips: While watching a video tutorial, you can press SPACE to pause/play the video, or use the arrow keys to rewind/fast forward.

Insert files

There are various points in the course where you'll have the opportunity to download a sample model and insert it into your model.

To insert a file from your computer into your SketchUp model, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Folder icon > Insert.
  2. Click on the Computer icon > select the Dining Table.skp component you just downloaded.
  3. Click the Component button to insert the component into your model.
  4. Place the component in your model.

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