• If your model is geolocated with the Add Location feature and you want to display it in Google Earth, you may need to take a few extra steps. Here’s a quick overview of the tips and tricks that help your model looks its best in Google Earth:

  • To create a 3D model in SketchUp, you’re constantly switching among the drawing tools, views, components, and organizational tools. In this article, you find several examples that illustrate ways you can use these tools together to model a specific shape or object. The examples illustrate a few of the different applications for creating 3D models in SketchUp: woodworking, modeling parts or abstract objects, and creating buildings. The examples are loosely ordered from the simple to the complex.

  • What distinguishes solid construction and design from an M.C. Escher optical illusion? Accurate measurements. In SketchUp, the Tape Measure tool, the Protractor tool, and the Measurements box enable you to model precisely:

  • In SketchUp, you can copy geometry by using The Copy and Paste commands The Move tool () The Rotate tool () When you copy and paste with the Move tool, you can make a single copy or create multiple copies and tell SketchUp how to space them — if you know the secret keystrokes.

  • When you move geometry that's connected to other geometry, SketchUp stretches your model. To stretch your geometry, select the Move tool () and click and drag any of the following:

  • When you’re drawing a model in SketchUp, moving your model (or parts of it) takes on a third dimension. Literally. This article is your guide to moving things around in your 3D model, from a simple click-and-move operation to moving precisely with 3D coordinates.

  • Drawing a model in 3D is different from drawing an image in 2D. This introduction to drawing basics and concepts explains a few ways you can create edges and faces (the basic entities of any SketchUp model). You also discover how the SketchUp inference engine helps you place those lines and faces on your desired axis.