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

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Low polygon modeling techniques

In this section, we will look at the low polygon modeling techniques that are especially relevant for visualization, animation, and game design uses.

What is low polygon?

In SketchUp, everything you create is formed from a wire frame over which a skin is stretched. You can see this process happening when you draw any shape with the pencil tool. The lines are the frame and when a shape (polygon) is complete, the frame receives a skin (surface). Even complex objects are made up of flat polygons, but their edges are hidden so you cannot see them. Go to View | Hidden Geometry to see what I mean. Low polygon modeling is where you create things in SketchUp while constantly striving to keep the amount of polygons to a minimum. ...

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