IN THIS CHAPTER
Starting at the right place in SketchUp
Building a simple model
Changing the way the model looks
Exporting a JPEG file that you can e-mail
If you can’t wait to get your hands dirty (so to speak), you’ve come to the right chapter. Here we help you make a simple model step by step, spin it around, paint it, and even apply styles and shadows. You don’t need to read another word of this book to be able to follow along, although we do refer you to chapters where you can find out more. Above all, following along with the basic project in this chapter can help you understand how SketchUp’s basic features work together and enable you to produce a knockout model in no time!
So what are you going to build? Perhaps a doghouse. The nice thing about doghouses is that they’re a lot like peoplehouses in the ways that count: They have doors and roofs, and just about everybody has seen one.