• In SketchUp, you can set a few preferences for how the software works overall and how files are saved. To access these preferences, select Window > Preferences (Windows) from the menu bar. Most of these preferences are on the General pane, which you click in the sidebar on the left. As shown in the following figure, your options include Saving preferences at the top and Software Updates preferences at the bottom.

  • SketchUp’s Match Photo feature has inspired many happy dances, because it enables you to

  • 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. Technically speaking, SketchUp enables you to import images that are already on your hard drive or grab images from Google Street View. If you import images from your hard drive (select File > Import to see the Open dialog box, shown in the figure), you can import the image as an image, a texture, or a matched photo.

  • When all you want is a material (such as brick, tile, or grass), importing a whole component from 3D Warehouse into your model can bloat the file with content you neither want nor need. Fortunately, you can download only the material. To find and download a component’s material directly in 3D Warehouse, follow these steps: