SketchUp: Zero To HERO

£797.00 + VAT

This is a bespoke course, please contact us for dates




Duration: 3-day
Who Should Attend

Anyone wanting to develop their digital design skills and create accurate 2D images and 3D models to visualise space. Suitable for designers from all backgrounds from interior designers , architects, theatre and film as well as artists and craftspeople.

Course Description

Creating 3D drawings quickly and easily is a valuable skill in any design practice and can significantly enhance your professional communication and presentation. Sketch Up Make is a free 3D modelling software, available as a free download, making it accessible for all.

From 2D plans and elevations to 3D rendered objects and interiors.

You’ll soon be able to tap into its potential as we introduce you to its tools, importing furniture , materials and textures, rendering and organisational concepts. You will even learn how to present your design with a short impressive animation sequence.

Topics Covered
  • Program overview, interface and settings for PC and Mac
  • Axes, inferences, use of the mouse while navigating in space
  • Introduction to the edit menu, large tool set
  • Drawing in 2D , creating 3D geometry and manipulating shapes
  • Creating accurate 3D objects
  • 3D Warehouse: importing furniture, scaling, rotating, moving
  • Organising your project: groups, components and outliner
  • Editing tools: rotate, scale, section cuts, creating arrays and mirror techniques
  • How to import DWG ( CAD )  plans as JPG, scaling and retracing
  • Bucket tool- importing textures, images and rendering modes
  • Follow me tool
  • Setting scenes and creating an animation
  • How to set different styles, creating and saving 3D views and printing options
  • Free rendering plug-ins and Extension Warehouse
Course Outcomes

You will have practised using the tools through a series of exercises and be able to create 2D plans, 3D models and renderings.

This easy-to-use interface, will help you as designer to explore the entire volume of the space and make design decision accordingly.

You will experience the process of realistically shaping spaces, through the manipulation of spatial volume.

Sketch Up will represent for you a very powerful tool to effectively communicate your ideas to clients and colleagues.

You’ll leave with a number of digital images and the ability to produce accurate models.


    – Settings PC vs MAC

    – Edit Menu and Large Tool Set

    – Axes – 2D vs 3D

    – Inferences / Snapping

    – The use of mouse in Sketch Up

    – Navigating in space

    – Drawing basic 2D shapes and 3D forms

    – How to move and copy

    – Drawing a 2D plan from a survey

    – Drawing a 2D plan re-tracing a JPG

    – Importing, re-sizing and re-tracing a 2D floor plan as JPG

    – Push/Pull Tool: creating a 3D model from a 2D plan

    – 3D Warehouse : importing furniture into your model

    – Customising furniture imported from 3D Warehouse

    – Creating openings ( doors and windows ) using Tape Measure Tool for creating Guidelines

    – Rendering your model importing client       textures/materials/wallpaper

    – Sketch Up sticky geometry

    – Groups and Components

    – Organizing your model : Layers vs Outliner

    – Follow me tool : creating round extrusions

    – Section plane

    – How to set up and save views

    – Styles

    – How to print

    – Setting up a presentation – Step 1: Saving Views

    – Setting up a presentation – Step 2 : Styles

    – Setting up a presentation – Step 3 : Creating an animation/video

    – Creating sections: Section Plane

    – Improving your rendering : quick introduction of Twilight a free plug in for turning Sketch Up views into photo-realistic images








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