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SketchUp 2014 for Architectural Visualization Second Edition by Robin de Jongh, Thomas Bleicher

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Carving out the detail

When visualizing with SketchUp, the great benefit is that most of the detail can be introduced easily with textures and photographs. So, we don't need to be a 3D CAD virtuoso to create great looking architectural visuals. In fact, the general rule of thumb when deciding whether to model more detail is: if in doubt, don't bother!

The following are some reasons to be lazy:

  • You can always model more details later if you really need to, but you can never retrieve the time you spent if you did too much too soon
  • Applying images and textures will work much better on simple flat surfaces
  • The more complex your model is initially, the harder it is to change details later on

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Modeling buildings in SketchUp is really easy. That's because ...

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