Designing Plans With SketchUp

This track will enable you to master SketchUp, the popular, easy-to-learn 3D digital modeling software. This track provides an introduction to how planners and architects represent three-dimensional objects in two-dimensions, with step-by-step instructions for creating and using 3D models. You'll also learn how to use the programs geolocation functions, create complex models, and create an advanced rendering of a SketchUp site model to design realistic lighting and shading.

SketchUp for Planners - An Introduction

Get started using SketchUp, the popular, easy-to-learn 3D digital modeling program. This course provides an introduction to how planners and architects represent three-dimensional objects in two-dimensions, with step-by-step instructions for creating and using simple 3D models.

SketchUp for Planners - Intermediate Part 1

Building on Introductory SketchUp for Planners, this course introduces intermediate SketchUp users to the program’s geolocation functions and demonstrates how to create more complex models of planned projects or developments. Additionally, this course illustrates how to create and export video walk-throughs of SketchUp models using the program’s animation features.

SketchUp for Planners - Intermediate Part 2

In addition to accurately modeling projects, as demonstrated in the introductory courses, SketchUp is also useful for illustrating more abstract concepts, such as FAR, dimensional requirements and design guidelines. This course demonstrates how planners use SketchUp to illustrate requirements in zoning codes, design guidelines and form based codes.

SketchUp for Planners - Intermediate Part 3

Combining SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite, this course demonstrates how to use SketchUp together with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create illustrative and informative photo simulations, perspective views, sections and site plans.

SketchUp for Planners - Modeling Complex Forms and Structures

Master the advanced features of SketchUp, including modeling historic structures and real-world buildings, working with SketchUp Plugins, and modeling complex forms.

Visual Simulation: Advanced Rendering in SketchUp

In this course, you'll learn to create an advanced rendering of a SketchUp site model, using a free third-party renderer called Kerkythea to design realistic lighting and shading. Then add components to your rendering in Adobe Photoshop.

Visual Simulation: Rendering Styles and Presentation with SketchUp

Learn to create finalized drawings in SketchUp that look more hand drawn than photorealistic. Using SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop, this course will help you take more control over final images than possible when only exporting from SketchUp.

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