Architectural Design with SketchUp author, Alex Schreyer, is currently a Lecturer in the Architecture+Design and Building and Construction Technology programs at the University of Massachusetts where he teaches AEC CAD/BIM modeling and visualization. Alex has been a long time advocate of SketchUp and a major contributor to extending SketchUps abilities through various plugins.
Alex new book is not only wonderfully illustrated with full colour and descriptive images that complement each tutorial or exercise. Alex teaching background really rings through as each item is structured and very informative. Though the book is titled to be aimed at architecture it contains material that can be applied to any discipline.
So to the big news of the day...SketchUp 2014 is out! As already mentioned, this marks a milestone in SketchUp's life, the big 1-0. This 10th release of our favourite 3D modeling application has brought with some new features, bug fixes and some welcome surprises.
As one of the best plugins in Sketchup, VRay can let your ideas become virtually real and acquire the near possible look of your 3D models to your friends, colleagues and -- most especially -- clients. With a proper setup of environment, model details, lights, materials, compositions, and a mix of your artistic skills, you can create a masterpiece of virtual Photography.
Google Sketchup has taken over the world of 3D visualization through it's simple yet diversified
features which lead professionals, artists, designers, producers, and even enthusiasts to its doors
of creativity combining science and art.
We spoke to Jason Li, Associate and Charles Corley, Director of Organisational Development at M Moser Associates about how virtual design and construction complements an integrated project design and delivery approach.
Over the past fifteen years, M Moser, a global AEC firm with an extensive track record in workplace design and construction, has used SketchUp not only for design and conceptualization but as a vital communication tool throughout the project delivery process.
SketchUp for Schools? Check.
It’s back-to-school (a.k.a. the most exciting time of year) and SketchUp for Schools has a whole new set of features to bring to the classroom.
Nick Sonder is known around here as the poster child for architects using SketchUp. His work is detailed and artistic, and most of all, he's constantly pushing the boundaries of what you can do with SketchUp's native commands.
Tammy Cody is a designer, teacher, businesswoman, and SketchUp whiz. This week on SketchUp Talk, Tammy shares the details of building her own design business, which ultimately led her to develop her very own SketchUp courses for interior designers.
Trevor Ball is a designer and partner at Stack Rock Group, a landscape architecture firm based out of Boise, Idaho. Nearly 10 years ago, Trevor was given free reign to select a 3D modeler of his choosing... that choice was SketchUp. Now as lead 3D designer, Trevor and his team use SketchUp for all of their visualization projects.
Although there are plenty of pre-made free textures around, if you want a specific material to use in your 3D art, it isn't that difficult to make your own. In this article, I'll show you how to create a simple leather material (shown above) using Substance Designer. You can watch a time-lapse of my process below, or read on for a step-by-step guide.