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Starting a Model in Sketchup

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When it comes to 3d modeling software out all the options out there, Sketchup is the easier one to start if you have no previous knowledge in making your ideas come alive. The best thing about Sketchup 8 is that you can begin modeling in several ways:
  1.  From scratch: upon launching the sofware, you see only a person standing in the middle of the screen.that can be delete giving blank slate to start.
  2.  From a photograph: you can build your model based on a photograph of what you want to build; for this you will need some knowledge of the program.
  3. With another computer file: with SketchUPro you can import CAD (computer-aided drawing) files from other software, useful if you have your project already design in Autocad.
Here are some tips on how to start:

Official SketchUp Blog: Creating a plan of your SketchUp model in ...
(Tip: you can hide the Section Plane itself in your LayOut document by opening the Styles window in SketchUp, and editing the default style of your scene to hide the section plane). Now click on the “+” button and create a ...

This is a good starting resource-

10 Sketchup Tips Every Modeler Should Know - MasterSketchup.com
Are you a Sketchup noob, looking to jump right in and start creating amazing 3D models? Before you skim over the help menu or spend hours watching video tutorials, learn these few tips and you'll be modeling in no time.

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