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Importing and Exporting Image Files

In SketchUp, images can help your model come to life on-screen. You can import images to create custom textures that you apply to faces in your 3D model. And you can export images to share a model with friends, clients, or colleagues or perhaps in an online portfolio of your work.

Sticking a Photo or Texture to a Face

Have you ever stuck a decal on a window or a wall? In SketchUp, sticking an image on a face is even easier than those decals, because digital images don’t wrinkle or trap air bubbles.

Viewing Your Model in Google Earth

Previewing a SketchUp model in Google Earth is great way to see how your model looks in the context of its surroundings.

Making a Great 3D Warehouse Model

When developing models (components) for the 3D Warehouse, you should model for visualization, design, and specification.

Filling Shapes with Colors and Patterns

Do your shapes seem a little empty inside? To help your ideas stand out on-screen, use LayOut’s Fill features to add a pop of color, and use the Pattern features to create hatches, which symbolize materials in architectural drawings, as shown in the following figure.

Creating Scenes

In SketchUp, making a scene doesn’t disturb anybody. In fact, scenes help you save different model views and properties and then present those views to other people.

Customizing Your Workspace

You know how you like to work, and SketchUp enables you to customize the overall workspace to reflect that.

Importing and Exporting CAD Files

If you’re a SketchUp Pro user, you can import or export CAD files, which use the .dwg or .dxf file formats.

Exporting or Printing Your LayOut Document

After you work hard to create and polish a LayOut document, you want your document to go out into the world and make its mark. You can present your work on-screen, but that isn’t always enough. Here are other ways you can share your document:

Animating Sections and Scenes

SketchUp can animate scenes of a 3D model. Animations are a great way to show off your model from different angles or share shadow studies. For example, say you create a scene with a morning shadow, another scene with a noon shadow, and a third with an evening shadow.

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