Getting Started with Sketchup Using Videos

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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.

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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!

7 Comments

  1. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  2. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  3. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  7. 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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