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Daniel Tal

 •  July 19

PlaceMaker is a powerful 3D modeling tool for SketchUp. It allows users to import high resolution images, 3D building massing, roads, walks, water and vegetation directly into SketchUp. It provides instant context. What would take 40 hours to complete (if not longer, like days), can be completed in 4 minutes.

Daniel Tal

 •  July 11

A lot of SketchUp users render their models using a separate application, such as Photoshop. But SketchUp has a pretty decent library of styles built-in, with which you can greatly change the look of your model. And a much-overlooked feature is the ability to mix, or combine, styles. I’ll use this interior model to demonstrate. To see what style...

Daniel Tal

 •  May 30

Did anyone else recently notice this happy little banner at the top of the 3D Warehouse? I am SO happy they added this. We can now go into a 3D Warehouse model, pick a material, and bring that material right into our current model. Before this, you’d have to download an entire model, extract a material image, bring it in. Or you could make...

Daniel Tal

 •  May 15

When I first noticed the behavior of SketchUp’s Follow Me tool with groups (and components), I thought it was a bug. And it actually probably was, back in SketchUp Version 4 or 5. Then this feature was written out of SketchUp, then later brought back in. (I don’t know why, in either case, but I’m glad it’s back!) I’ll use this example to show what...

Daniel Tal

 •  May 11

In Part of this series, I showed how to use SketchUp’s Position Camera tool to navigate to a specific view of this news studio. In this post, I’ll show a different feature of Position Camera: the ability to both place the camera and point it at the same time. Here’s the entire studio – what you see when you click the “Overview” tab: Choose Camera...

Daniel Tal

 •  May 8

Anyone out there use SketchUp’s Position Camera tool? It’s essential for presenting your designs, but precious few people know about this tool. I’ll demonstrate using this model, which is used in my new book on SketchUp for Entertainment Design. To download it, click the “3D Warehouse” logo at the bottom of the image below.
The model opens in...

Daniel Tal

 •  April 24

In Part 1 of this series, we downloaded a pillow image and created the flat shape of the pillow. And in Part 2, we used the Soap Skin & Bubble extension to give the pillow its puffy shape. In this last part, we’ll finish up our model by painting it with the image we downloaded in the beginning. Here’s what we have so far. The soap bubble face is...

Daniel Tal

 •  April 20

In Part 1 of this series, we started our pillow model by importing an image and trimming a square to get the pillow shape. Here’s where we ended up: Now we’ll use the amazing Soap Skin & Bubble Extension to give the pillow its puffy shape. You can get this free extension in the Extension Warehouse. (Read our post on how to find and install...

Daniel Tal

 •  April 18

Hi all, sorry for the lack of posting last week. It was a bit crazy with the upcoming release of a new book – stay tuned for our announcement! I recently posted a four-part series on “Perfect Pillows.” That technique was a bit of a cheat – using a more or less rectangular block with rounded edges to approximate the organic shape of a pillow. Since...

Daniel Tal

 •  March 23

We ended Part 3 of this series with a simple house, modeled entirely in SketchUp, with these two images saved as screen captures: Now we’ll use these images to paint the blank house, which was copied from the original house. Photo Match Axes With Photo Match, model location and directions are essential to get right. If you don’t have your axes...