Interior Design with SketchUp – Set Up Your Template part 1


Thanks for watching Interior Design with SketchUp.
In this episode, I’ll show you some of the ways that I
like to set up my SketchUp interface in order to save it
as a great template for your interior design projects When you first open up your SketchUp it should
look a little something like this It may vary somewhat depending on which template
you chose to begin with Let’s begin by clicking up here on the window option and going into the model info So in our model info dialog box here you’ll see a list
of categories on the left We will run through these quickly, but there are a
couple in particular that I want pay attention to Starting at the top here under animation you’ll see
that scene transitions are enabled by default. While
this can be a pretty cool effect, you’ll quickly find that when you start jumping around
scenes quite a bit, that it will really just slow you
down and becomes tiresome pretty quickly So we’ll go ahead and turn those off. On to a classifications, we won’t really get into that
here. That’s for if you’re working with BIM, or
Building Information modeling. On to components. This just deals with the appearance when working with groups and components the default settings to me are just fine. Feel free to
play around with that Credits, here you can just add your name. It will embed that information in the metadata of the
model. This could just be a good way to keep other people
from claiming your work as their own. Right. On to dimensions. I typically never work with dimensions in SketchUp.
I leave that to after I send my model into Layout, which is only available with SketchUp Pro. If you
think you may use dimensions in your SketchUp models feel free to
set these to your preferences. I will say if you do plan on doing any kind of
construction documentation or just any nice looking floor plans with annotation,
then Layout is definitely the way to go here. Here you will see some basic info about the file
itself. Name and description. We’ll just change the name when we save this as a
new template, so don’t worry about that right now. Geo-location is a really cool feature. This uses Google Earth to locate your model in the
real world. What I mean by this is… say I’m modeling a
building If I Geo-locate it, I can get the imagery from Google
Earth which will give me all the surrounding
buildings if I want to a model some context. Also with this it will provide accurate sunlight data,
which will give you shadows and sunlight the way
that they would actually show up in the real world. This may not always be necessary in your projects Especially if you’re going for a more dramatic or
artistic approach to your lighting and shadows, but
it’s still a really cool feature. The rendering tab here, not as exciting as it sounds. I would just go ahead and leave this checked unless
you are experiencing some graphics problems you
may need to turn this off. As you’re modeling the statistics tab can be
fascinating. It can show you how many edges and
faces are actually in your model. On to text. Just like the dimensions I don’t typically use text a lot in my SketchUp scenes. I will tend to
save that for annotation in Layout as it’s much more
flexible and gives a much better appearance. On to units. We have some options here, but seeing
as we are focused on interior design we’ll set this to
architectural. For precision, I leave mine at 1/16th, and 1/8 would
be fine for interior design and When you get up to 1/32 or 1/64, that’s more if
you’re dealing with precise engineering parts,
machining metal sort of thing. The rest of the options here we will just leave these
set to default how they are O’right, let’s make our way back up to window and
this time into the preferences dialog. Here under the application section it allows you to
set up a link to your photo editing program. Here
you can see I have it connected to my Photoshop. Moving on down the list to files This can be a very convenient one to have set up
properly The first one you see on the right over here is where
SketchUp will save your models, so find a good
location where you want to save your current project and this will become the default save location for
you. Same idea for any components you create.
Whenever you model a piece of furniture be sure to save it in a folder where you can find it
again. And your materials folder, I will say is the most
important one. You really need to build up a strong library of
materials And I would suggest to break those folders down
into the specific type of material. Have a separate folder for upholstery, for bricks,
stone, tile, grass. Every type of different material
you may use We’ll get more into styles in a later lesson, But you can download different styles, different
appearances, for your SketchUp models and this is just the folder where you will save those And same idea for the remaining categories, you
can have watermarks, a place to export models,
and again your classifications for BIM moving on to General, most of the items here I
would say are fairly self explanatory So go ahead and set your preferences for those The OpenGL settings refer to your graphics card You may want to adjust these depending on your
hardware I would point you to the official SketchUp help desk
in order to understand this more if you have any
questions On to shortcuts. Shortcuts are great, I think a lot of
people new to SketchUp overlook shortcuts But they can be a huge timesaver I have quite a few custom shortcuts set into mine Just to show you an example, I can search for the
“Follow Me” tool and I can see that the assigned
shortcut is control+F This just prevents you from having to search all over
your toolbar and click the icon every time you want
to use the tool. This is especially useful for your most commonly used tools such as “Move”
and “Push/Pull”. You’ll definitely want to know these
shortcuts and even customize the tools that you use most
often So here under the Template option you can see a
list of all of the available templates for use and when we are finished setting up our custom
workspace and save it as our own template it will
show up on this list as well. And finally, the Workspace. Not a lot going on here You can choose to use large tool buttons or make
those smaller if you like. And later on down the road if you want to completely reset your workspace this
is where you would do so Alright guys, thanks for joining me. In the next video
we’ll make some changes to the style to really give you an efficient template to work with
for your interior design projects

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