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Image entities can be moved, rotated and scaled. They can also be stretched horizontally or vertically, but they cannot be made non-rectangular. Insert Images using the Insert menu item in the File menu.
LayOut supports the following formats for import as an Image Object: JPEG, PDF (Mac OS X), TGA, BMP, and TIFF. Some formats may be more appropriate than others for certain types of images and applications.
SketchUp allows you add image files to your model and position those images such that they act as a background. For example, you can have a single image placed vertically behind a house so that you can study what will be seen from certain angles within the house.
Toggle Terrain introduction
Use the Toggle Terrain button to toggle the Google Earth snapshot image between a 2D and 3D image.
Use the Add Location button () to capture 2D and 3D snapshot images of the current view in Google Earth. These images are used as the context for your 3D SketchUp models.
This is a Pro only feature
You can export animations as video animation files or as series of image file, one file for each frame per second of your presentation. Export an animation using the Export > Animation menu item in the File menu.
You will likely want to create progressively more detailed models as you become more proficient with SketchUp. SketchUp contains several features allowing you to quickly create detailed or life-like models. These features include components, materials, shadows, and styles.
Before your model can appear in Google Earth, you must give it a precise geographic location by importing a geo-location snapshot into your SketchUp file. A geo-location snapshot is an object that provides the following critical information:
- Geographic coordinates
- Color aerial imagery
- 3D terrain
To import a geo-location snapshot into your SketchUp model, follow the steps in Add Location: Adding a location.
The 3D Warehouse is an online collection of 3D models or components. There are several ways to find and download models or components from the 3D Warehouse while working within SketchUp.
Downloading components using the Components Browser
SketchUp's Component Browser allows you to download models in the 3D Warehouse. To search and download models using the Component Browser:
All of the context menu items for all entities in SketchUp follow.
The Active Cut menu item is used to activate and de-activate the Section Plane Object, as indicated by the check mark. Activating a Section Plane will automatically de-activate all other planes in that context.
This menu item is available for the Section Plane entity.
The Align View menu item is used to align the SketchUp Camera to the currently selected face.