SketchUp Advanced Camera Tools: Creating an ACT camera

Creating an Advanced Camera Tools camera

To create a camera using ACT:

  1. Select View > Tool Palettes > Advanced Camera Tools (Mac OS X) or View > Toolbars > Advanced Camera Tools (Microsoft Windows). The Advanced Camera Tools toolbar is displayed.
  2. Select Tools > Advanced Camera Tools > Select Camera Type > categories > camera. Shaded horizontal letterboxing (1) or vertical pillarboxing (2) bars appear if your camera has a different aspect ratio than SketchUp's drawing area. The area within the bars indicates the area viewable through the camera.
  3. Click on Create Camera (). The Camera Name dialog box appears.
  4. Type a name of the camera in the 'Name' field.
  5. Click Done. A physical camera model (group) is created and placed in your model. You are placed in camera view mode where you are looking through the camera at your subject. A crosshair shows the middle of the camera. Camera properties appear in the lower-left corner of the model. A tab with the camera's name also appears. You can perform several functions on the camera such as looking through the camera and editing camera properties in camera mode.
  6. (optional) Use SketchUp's Orbit, Pan, and Zoom tools to physically reposition the camera in your model. Using the Zoom tool physically repositions the camera. Refer to Repositioning an ACT camera for further information.
  7. (optional)Use the arrow keys to pan, tilt, dolly, truck, pedistal, roll, and adjust the focal length while looking through the ACT camera. Refer to Moving and aiming an ACT camera for further information.
  8. Click on Lock Camera () after you are done adjusting your camera. This option will ensure you do not move or alter camera position or settings.
  9. Context-click. The Advanced Camera Tools context menu appears.
  10. Select Done. You are finished creating your camera.