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. DesignerHacks June 17, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    I’ll have to bump that up in the content schedule then! :)

  2. Bailey Harry June 16, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    I would love to see the next part of this.

  3. Rhoda Fajardo May 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    I love your blog. Ive been searching for people just like me all over the internet and Ive found Designer Hacks. Im also working towards becoming a licensed architect and I also share what I know about architectural presentations using Sketchup, Vray and Photoshop. =)

  4. dutika April 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    i really need to make a view from a photograph..can u help..?? [email protected]


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