SketchUp for Interior Design

 SketchUp for Interior Design

SketchUp for Interior Design

Foreword Modeling software is rapidly replacing raditional two-dimensional drafting software as the vehicle for designers to create and communicate. SketchUp has emerged as the modeling program of choice in many diverse fields as a result of its low price and relatively short learning curve. This book is for the beginner who wants to get up and running with it fast.

Why Read This Book?

You may be wondering why you should read a SketchUp book, when there is so much content online. My answer is that the online content, while very good, is not organized. If you don’t know what the software’s capabilities are, you don’t know what to ask or search for. This book leads you through SketchUp in an orderly manner. Its intent is to acquaint you with its many capabilities. Toward that goal, tools and functions are briefly described under their own headings and then used in step-by-step examples.
SketchUp’s most popular functions are introduced early, to enable you to quickly do what you want to do with it. Some tools are revisited later to show more complex options. By the time you finish, you’ll have been exposed to most of the tools, one or two options for each, and some different approaches for solving modeling problems. You’ll then be pointed to a site where you can ask your increasingly complex questions. End-of-chapter links to high-quality online content are also given as a guide through the ocean of Web information.

What’s Covered?

Coverage is specific to the interests of interior designers and interior architects: how to model interior spaces, study scale and proportion, test different ideas, present solutions, plan spaces, and generate architectural floor plans, elevations, and sections. There are also examples that show SketchUp combined with other software programs and hand-rendering tools for maximum utility and flexibility.
Knowledge of other drafting software is not needed. However, it is assumed that the reader has basic architectural drafting knowledge, such as what floor plans, interior elevations, perspective, and isometric and section views are. This book shows how to use SketchUp to create those drawings; it doesn’t discuss what they are. If you could benefit from a drafting refresher, some resources are listed at the end of this Foreword.
Since PCs are standard in the interior design and architecture fields, screenshots are from a PC. Where operations on a Mac are different, Mac screenshots are added. Pro (the pay version of SketchUp) is also discussed, because Pro is cheaply available to students and schools. While all tools in Make (free) and Pro work in the same way, Pro has additional features needed in a professional work capacity.

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