SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 3 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 3 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

In this multi-part tutorial I will show you the basics of SketchUp to get you started on your own design. Whether it is for professional, educational models or just for your own fun. In this tutorial we will work through the basic tools in SketchUp while finishing your first small building.

At the end of the last Tutorial, SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 2, you should end up with a model similar to the one below.

To finish this model, we first need to build the roof and then “Paint” the surfaces of the model.

To set up the roof, lets first draw the elevation of the roof on top of our model, to reduce any problems with attached lines, first group the existing drawn model.

Use CTRL + Measuring tool to create a construction line 13’ above the base of model. If you look back at the original building plans in SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 1, you will notice that the right side of the building is 13’ tall and the left side is 8’ tall. This will give you the proper angle for the roof plane. Use the Line tool to create the lower triangle that does not include the eave.

Use the Measurement Tool to create construction lines and the Line Tool to outline the eave.

Using the CTRL + Push/Pull Tool pull the surfaces to the back of the building, using this process without hitting CTRL when using the Push/Pull tool, you’ll be able to extend beyond the model planes to create your eave overhangs.

As you can see we have completed the basic structure of the building, Now it’s time to clean it up and make it look “Pretty”

First let us hide the line separating the roof and the main structure. Right click on the line and go to “Entity Info” and select hidden. This will hide the line without deleting it. You will also have to do this within the main structure group.

Using the Paint Bucket Tool , paint the surfaces of your structure as you like.

Also, notice that you only have to paint one of the windows for them all to paint in the same fashion. This is what is useful with using Components for repeated objects.

Now you have created your first building within SketchUp, It may be an Ugly building but using the techniques described in this tutorial you will be able to model any design that comes your way


SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 1

SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 2

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4 thoughts on “SketchUp Basics Tutorial Part 3 – A Tutorial Primer for those new to SketchUp

  1. Wolffie

    Thank you so very much for doing these lessons.
    Oh how I wish I could print them out. It gets confusing changing from screen to screen.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I am working on a way to provide printable copies of the tutorials. Keep checking back I hope to have it worked out soon as well as many new tutorials!

  2. Pius Has

    Splendid. Just learnt sketchup on my own with this awesome tutorial guide. Got somework to do with this urgently.

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