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* Using LayOut for design presentations & construction documents
* Importing and exporting features for SketchUp
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* And how to extend SketchUp's capabilities with Extensions
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* Watch this Before you Get Started with SketchUp (YouTube video): https://youtu.be/xsteCTxxg1Y
* Learn How to Render in SketchUp (YouTube video): https://youtu.be/yYZuVpddCgk
* SketchUp Pro 2018 (application): https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-pro/new-in-2018
* SketchUp Free (web application): https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-free
* SketchUp Make 2017 (application): https://www.sketchup.com/download/make
* V-Ray for SketchUp (extension): https://www.chaosgroup.com/vray/sketchup
* Round Corner (extension): https://extensions.sketchup.com/pl/content/roundcorner
* Artisan Organic Toolset (extension): https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/artisan-organic-toolset
* 3D Warehouse (website): https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com
Extension Warehouse (website): https://extensions.sketchup.com
Sketchucation (website): https://sketchucation.com/
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As I understand it, the Free will not allow any of the plugins available for Make and Pro?
In that case I think it will feel like driving a car with 1 gear and 3 wheels... I would probably be quite frustated and skip it for some other solution.
I currently have Pro at work, but I have been playing with Make for personal pet projects at home. Without the full ”Make” functionality I would drop it quite fast.
Yes, you can save a file that you created in SketchUp Free and then open in (and work on it) in SketchUp Pro. In SketchUp Free, in the upper left corner of your screen, click the folder icon and select the option for Save As. Then save the file to your computer, and open that file in SketchUp Pro.
SketchUp Shop isn't that great of a bridge mainly because it is still a web-based program with a different interface than SketchUp Pro (which is a desktop application). That being said, if Shop has the features you need, you should definitely give it a try.
Sorry to hear of the way SketchUp is going. It used to be that SketchUp provided a useful program for free. I can't justify paying $695+$125 yearly for maintenance for SketchUp Pro just as a hobby, and without extensions the other versions are just too limited. The whole reason for my interest would be to make components and write extensions for it.
Thanks Alex. One question I have still, though. I am using SketchUp Make 2017 desktop edition to tinker around. I downloaded the program on my home computer, made a file of a shed, emailed it to myself, then opened it up on my work computer where I am also tinkering around with SketchUp Make 2017 desktop edition. When I opened the file at work, I noticed that all my layers were there, but I could not hide/show them, almost as if you guys may have disabled this feature to discourage people from using the free version and being able to collaborate with others. Is this the case, or am I just making some noob mistake of not understanding my layers dialog box? Thank you for your time.
Just a quick clarification: We're not SketchUp, so we definitely didn't alter the software ;) That being said, I am not aware of a disabling of a feature to be able to use your layers properly between two machines both running SketchUp Make 2017.
I think you said on beginning that you would speak about the free version on the end. But basically this video is about what you can do with the paid version but almost nothing about what you can do with the free version.
I'm trying to see if I invest time on Infusion 360 or sketch up or any other that you work for free. I'm an hobbiest and I don't get income from my project or because I'm using an 3d app or software so I would like to have an true idea of what would be my limitations.
For someone that doesn't dominate the software, watching your video, I can't really see if I can't use sketchup free for what I need.
Your video is more focuses on what you can do with the paid view.
I need to create 3d models and then be able to print so I can go to my garage/shop and bring the project to light.
Can I or not, do that with the free version?
You can create 3D models using SketchUp's native tools using either SketchUp Free or SketchUp Pro. After that, this video is showing you the things you can do only with SketchUp Pro - if you need any of those features, you need SketchUp Pro. However, if you don't need any of those features and only need to create 3D models using SketchUp's native tools, then SketchUp Free might be all you need.
For a small business I would prefer to split the cost of Sketch Up Pro into 2 or 3 payments, could that be an option? I'm not an architect or designer, but I make some presentation for selling shade sails (sailmaker is my craft)
+SketchUp School No ability to recognise different materials in cross sections and automatically apply hatching textures. And I mean vector textures like a real cad program does. You have to do strange and complicated workarounds to make this happen. Drawing shapes that contain rasterized textures over sections in layout is not a very intelligent or dynamic way to do things either.
Seeing as you're new to SketchUp, you might want to take a look at our Complete Intro to SketchUp course (in our Video Course Library). You can find more info on our website here: https://www.sketchupschool.com/video-course-library
can sketch up pro do what revit can do in the means of defining material. I mean lets take a floor as an example. The floor is made of four layers (concrete - slab, filling,cement mortar and tiles) - each layer can be quantified (area, or volume), and then to be calculated for bill of quantities?
Yes, but you would likely want to add an extension to help you with that. For example, you could use Profile Builder (https://profilebuilder4sketchup.com/) and Quantifier Pro (https://mindsightstudios.com/quantifier-pro/) to create floor systems that can be quickly quantified. Those extensions are made by the same developer, so they can work well together.
This does not help the new learner at all! You have a preconceived conclusion that no one needs basic free sketchup. If I could learn to use free then I might see a need to upgrade, but until I can do the basics I'm certainly not going to fork out hundreds of dollars for a program that I can't make do hardly anything. I wish that I could find a series of videos that address the version of free that is current on the web. Every video I have found so far starts out with Pro, so most of the things that are demonstrated do not apply to web version free SU. Oh how I wish I had never gotten rid of AutoCad!!!!
We agree that lots of people will want to use the web-based SketchUp Free. But since our company is specifically focused on helping professionals learn SketchUp to get the job done, we make sure to point out that SketchUp Free isn't for professionals. Unlike other free software that you would learn first in order to decide whether you need to buy the Pro version, SketchUp Free is purely meant for a hobbyist and not as a test-drive for SketchUp Pro. Professionals that want to evaluate SketchUp Pro before buying should download the 30-day free trial of SketchUp Pro instead.
I have a question. I want to make buildings for Cities Skylines 8with lights in the windows at nighs and so on...) Do I need some other softwares instead of SketchUp Pro? Blender is too complicated to me and programs like 3D Max are ways to expensive for me. I am a poor man...
If only SketchUp Pro is needed, can you make a tutorial about it? It wuld help some of us a lot!
I only need sketchup make tools. I dont even need to render things and for example make a presentation of my product. What i do need to have is to export my building from sketchup make to another program.. I would like to see that this problem soon is fixed for people like me. I dont even make houses hahah. Just for fun decoration in my no limits park
Excellent presentation, Alex. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look into the differences to make the best decision for my current needs. The Pro version has so many options that I can imagine people wanting to move to this version simply for more pleasure - as well as for better tools. Thanks so much!
In SketchUp Free (the web application), on the right side of your screen, there is an icon for "Views". Click on it, and then pick the middle view in the grid of 9 possible selections (looks like the top of a roof). This is the "Top" view. It will put you in a view that is the same as the one we suggest.
love Sketchup Make. I would like to start with your courses from Step 1 to see if I missed anything. The capacity to import contoured surfaces is very exciting and will save me a lot of time, because I have drawn these by hand.
Thanks for making these videos! I am learning SketchUp for retail design (I do graphic design mostly) and these videos hit on some of the more important concepts that matter to higher level designers when picking software. I use a lot of concepts you talk about here and in other videos across all the adobe creative cloud software so I know it'll help me save time moving into SketchUp seeing those similar patterns between work flow in each program. Thanks thanks thanks again!
You can get this to work. The steps:
1) In your Layers window, change the color next to the layers to be red and green
2) In your Layers window, click the Details icon at the top right and select Color by Layer (this will change your faces to red and green)
3) To get the Edges to change color as well, go to your Styles window and in the Edge settings change the Color to "By Material"
4) If you don't want to see the faces colored, in the Styles window you can change the Face settings to Hidden Line mode
I learned quickly that I just need the free version for right now. I was investigating the course and it did say if you're a hobbyist this course is overkill. I don't need to know the rendering and what not nor am I using this to get a job for architecture and other things. I'm just a comic artist who needs easy backgrounds that I can get multiple perspective points and lighting to make it look good. Yeah I can draw it up and draw the lighting myself but that's just way to much time! Maybe in the future when my bank account is more steady I'd take the course to just learn properly.
Hi I have a question about some weird problem with my sketchup make 2017 and I'm hoping someone has an answer for me. I am woeking on a big assignment for my finals to become an interior adviser, I am currently working on the Vitra Haus Loft! the problem is not only with this document but with all of my latest designs. When I have worked in the model for like a few hours and I save it to my laptop, and I try to open it again later that day, I get some weird error that says it is locked by another user, while I am the only one using this computer and I save it to the same folder.. Is there a solution for this? do more people have this problem?
Take a look at this link and see if it helps: https://forums.sketchup.com/t/file-currently-locked-by-another-user-error-in-windows-explorer/6999?u=geo&source_topic_id=13633
Also, you can do a "Save As" and give the file a new name. That may be a workaround worth trying.
I've used sketchup make on a 90 dollar pc and now a 1600 dollar gaming rig. Why does sketchup still have problems with making a vase? Same problem in two different machines. Sketchup not responding. Operations that slow down or stop the software entirely. Any ideas?
Thank you for the video i really enjoyed it, i liked the dynamic component feature because i am interested in the interior design (kitchens, offices , bathrooms...).
I am a beginner with Sketchup and i'd like to learn in it and go in depth in it, i am looking forward to receiving your help or just guide me to start well.
There won't be a SketchUp Make 2018. SketchUp stopped offering SketchUp Make and only plans to offer the web-based SketchUp Free going forward. SketchUp Pro has everything that Make had (plus the extra stuff covered in the video), so if SketchUp Free doesn't work for you, then SketchUp Pro would be the best option going forward.
Excellent presentation. I use SketchUp Pro daily, and the only item on this list I haven't really used is Advanced Camera.
I wouldn't be able to get much done without the drawing import functionality. Also, Layout has made huge leaps in the last couple releases. If Layout were a little more friendly I would be using it for all my projects, and I design 180,000 sf buildings on 5 acre sites!
Excellent presentation Alex!!!!
I am using SU free for a few years and afraid to go to SU pro for all the new features to learn.
I am interesting in Layout and putting together a set of construction documents. Can we make the skp file into a dwg file to send it to the consultants? Most of them use ACAD.
When you go to point, just roughly point and quickly bring your hand back to the original position. Will look better. Also do this with your looking direction. Great video presentation. Finally someone is making great informative videos that take the mystery and confusion out of their products :-)
Yeah - we were having a little fun with the pointing but could have done a better job with that. Still, glad you enjoyed the video and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. We really appreciate it!
Most of outstanding features mentioned in this video just disapperared from free version of SketchUp. SketchUp Make is capable of almost anything mentioned (excluding AutoCAD export-import, dynamic components, and layout). But Make for non-commercial use though and you still need Pro.
Thanks for the suggestion! Sculpture isn't as popular of a request, so it's unlikely we'll have a video here covering the topic anytime soon. However, we do have an Organic Modeling video course on our website that could be helpful. You might take a look and see what you think.
Maybe point out that the free version really has no printing capability included, and for sure no scaled printing. Need the Layout program included with PRO (or some other method) to see the output on paper.
Thanks for pointing that out: There are a handful of features like scaled printing that are loosely related to construction documentation, and if you need that sort of thing then you'll definitely need SketchUp Pro (and the companion application LayOut).
Used to be able to use plugins with free versions. It seems like su has locked it down. Really lame. I only use su pro for geolocation and obj export. Most of my models are created in Blender these days. The lack of regard for modern modeling technology is where sketchup really lags. Even with plugins that can mimic results aren't actually true quads. AND the lack of native UV support all these years later is astounding.
I’ve used AutoCAD for 26 years to produce construction documents for custom homes. I’m going on 5 years producing 3D models with SketchUp Pro and have done a few renderings with V-ray and Thea Render. I have resisted migrating away from AutoCAD and using Layout to this point because AutoCAD has become second nature in my creative workflow. I’m not really excited about it, but to answer your question at the end of the video, my next move would be to become proficient with Layout. My workflow includes producing structural framing plans, which are not normally built into a SketchUp model of a complex custom built home. It all comes down to time efficiency and drafting quality for me to justify a complete transition to the Trimble system.
Your story is very similar to a number of our students who have traditionally used SketchUp & AutoCAD together. There's nothing wrong with that: It's always best to use the tools you are most efficient with. But as you saw in the video: Folks like you that can invest the time to learn the SketchUp & LayOut workflow usually report how much better they like that workflow.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.