Chapter 7. Keeping Your Model Organized
In This Chapter
Taking stock of your model with the Outliner
Avoiding problems by using layers the right way
Looking at how everything works together
Starting with this chapter, I might sound like your mom: "Clean up your room! Don't leave your toys in the driveway! Put your dishes in the sink!" As everybody knows, living life can be a messy ordeal, and modeling in SketchUp is no exception. As you crank away at whatever it is you're building, you will reach a time when you stop, orbit around, and wonder how your model got to be such a pigsty. It's inevitable.
Luckily, SketchUp includes a bunch of different ways to keep your geometry (edges and faces) from getting out of control. Because big, unwieldy, disorganized models are a pain to work with — they can slow your computer, or even cause SketchUp to crash — you should definitely get in the habit of "working clean" (as cooking shows like to call it). As I said earlier, I don't mean to nag; I just want you to be familiar with the techniques experienced SketchUp modelers use to keep from going insane.
In this chapter, I present the two main tools that SketchUp provides for organizing your model. In the first section, I outline both and talk about what they're for. Then I dive in to each one in a good amount of detail, describing how to use them and how not to use them (are you listening, layers?). This chapter ends with a detailed example of how both methods can be used together to make your life ...