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

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Lesson 5. Going 3D

In this lesson, we’re going to see what SketchUp is really all about—going 3D.

Getting Started

SketchUp’s 3D capabilities are what set it apart from the rest of the pack of drawing tools. You’re going to see how easy it is to create 3D models in SketchUp. Although you might think that you need to draw every edge to make a model 3D, that’s not true—SketchUp operates in a very clever way to give you 3D power.

All you need to do is to draw a 2D surface (and remember, such surfaces can be aligned to any plane). Then you use one of SketchUp’s 3D tools, such as the Push/Pull tool, to pull it into 3D. Thus a rectangle becomes a cube, for example.

The Push/Pull tool, which works on any surface that’s in one plane, is the primary ...

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