Getting Started with Sketchup Using Videos


Want to know the first steps when getting started with sketchup? We think sketchup is one of the 5 best free tools for designers and we want you have the best resources are to learn it. We’ve gathered helpful videos from youtube to help you get off on the right foot. In no time you’ll be modeling like a pro.

If you still need to download sketchup, no problem!  Head on over to our page that lets you know how you can get sketchup free!

From the horses mouth

Google and trimble have put together a bunch of tutorial videos tackling this very question. We’ve bundled the 10 best ones in a youtube playlist here. Or you can watch them individually.

  1. Getting Started with Sketchup
  2. Getting Started with Sketchup – Part 2
  3. Getting Started with Sketchup – Part 3
  4. Getting Started with Sketchup – Part 4
  5. Sketchup Techniques: Scenes
  6. Sketchup and CAD – Importing and Preparations
  7. Sketchup and CAD –  Creating Walls
  8. Sketchup Toolbar Series: Section
  9. Sketchup 8: Modeling in Context
  10. Site Modeling in Sketchup

Getting Started with Sketchup

When getting started with sketchup… Just dive in!

The best way to learn anything is through practice. Take sketchup for a spin and just start clicking around. Give yourself a small project like modeling a table or a chair. Sketchup is a really intuitive program so it’s easy to learn with little or no formal training! What’s even better news is that’s how most of the people we know learned it!

Use your resources

When you can’t figure out how to do something, type your question into your favorite search engine. Since sketchup is free, there are a ton of people using it and a lot of questions have been asked and answered online. There have only been a handful of times that I’ve needed to use another program to model in. So if you can’t do something, chances are there’s a way. If you have a specific question, feel free to leave it in the comments below for us to answer!

Hope this helps! Sketch it up!

Have your own tips or resources for learning sketchup? Leave a comment below!


  1. Matt123 January 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    You aced the exam because at no point in your life has your brain been deprived of oxygen for 10 plus minutes. Seriously. That’s about the only way to fail.
    I took mine last year and after all the reading online I was scared. I bought practice tests, books, did hours of reading and studying.

    All this mess about the questions have several answers is a lie. EVERY SINGLE ONE of my questions had 1 answer. I rocked through the test in less than 20 minutes. I do have building/construction experience, but I remember the quality of the questions. Anyone using basic common sense and process of elimination can figure them out. I thought myself surely I’m not the lucky one who got the easy test? Nope, that’s just how the test is. But the internet likes to scare you, because they know you will buy study material.

    LEED has gotten a bad rap, and the deeper I get into green and natural building the more the joke of LEED is seen. Don’t waste your money or time on their “Green Associate” garbage and certainly don’t waste MORE money to keep up this phony “credential”

  2. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  3. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  4. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  5. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  6. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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