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Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes by Steven Holzner

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Lesson 4. Drawing Shapes: Arcs, Freehand, Text, and 3D Text

In this lesson, we cover how to draw arcs, how to draw freehand, and how to draw text.

Arcs, Freehand, and Text

There’s a lot to see here—particularly with arcs, because they’re a common edge element you use to draw curves in models. Drawing freehand is also cool, but a little hard to control because you draw with the mouse. Finally, we’ll see how to draw text in both 2D and 3D.

Let’s get started with arcs.

Drawing Arcs

Drawing arcs is a three-step process in SketchUp—you click at one anchor point, click at another, and then pull the arc (SketchUp will bend it as you pull) into place.

Tip: An Arc Actually Has 12 Sides

Just as circles are made up, by default, of 24 sides in SketchUp ...

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