How to create a 3d Model from Photos Using Sketchup


I love photos, and when I discovered I could model in sketchup from photos (and get fairly accurate results), I was all in.  In this tutorial learn how to create a 3d model from photos using sketchup.

This is part two in the series, so if you missed part one where I explained how to import a photo into sketchup and set your axes, go check it out.

This one really takes a watch to get the full effect, but here are a few quick tips from the video.

  • When you start modeling with photo match always make sure that you start from the origin.  Otherwise your lines could get pretty wacky.
  • As always, to lock to axes when moving or rotating hold shift
  • For identical sides (or identical anything) use components
  • To duplicate a push/pull distance on a different face, double click the new face while your push/pull tool is activated
  • Scale an item about it’s center by clicking a scale grabber and holding ctrl while you drag

Tardis Sketchup Model

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What would you like to model from photos?  Do you want this series to continue to a part 3 where you”ll learn how to texture a model from the match photo?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

As always, happy hacking.


  1. 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

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

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

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


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


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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  5. 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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