• As you create a model in 3D, you need to view it from all sides. In SketchUp, you orbit, zoom, and pan all the time as you draw:

  • 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.

  • In LayOut, you can change the view of your model or its style settings right within the model entity. This timesaving feature enables you to make adjustments without endlessly switching back and forth between the SketchUp and LayOut applications, or having to redo even more complex processes that other presentation programs require so that your model presentation stays up to date.

  • To create a top-notch document or presentation, you need to not only draw the details precisely, but also keep an eye on the document pages as a whole. To help you out, LayOut has the Zoom Tool () and Pan Tool (). You find these tools on the View menu. Because you'll likely use them often, they're also accessible with your mouse.

  • In Style Builder’s Preview pane, the default model preview shows off your styles as you add strokes to each set in the Sets pane. This aspect of previewing happens automatically, with no extra effort on your part. However, Style Builder also includes a few extra tools and features that enable to change your preview: