SketchUp Tutorial – 1 – Beginner SketchUp Tutorial

SketchUp Tutorial – 1 – Beginner SketchUp Tutorial

Hey everybody. It’s Jake. And welcome to Day 1 of the
Learn SketchUp Tutorial series. I’m super excited
about this series, because SketchUp and 3D
modeling is what I do for a living, so this series is just
going to be the best. Absolutely the greatest
that I can put out there. First, I’m going to show you some
of the things that I’ve done. These are clients
that I’ve worked for. And I’m just going to show you some
examples of what you can do with SketchUp. So this is a landscape design. And just real quickly, we’re going to
zoom in here and pan over a little bit. And… just kind of show you some
of the things you can build. So, like tables, and chairs,
furniture, all of this stuff. Just the layout. And I’m going to show
you another project, so let’s bring that up. This is an interior. This is actually a project
done for C. R. England, and Lisman Studios. So this is their cafeteria area. Yah, a truck inside. Yup. That is boss. So interior designers
will like it a lot. Also, here’s a kitchen design. I’ll pull that up. This is for the same Lisman Studios. Okay. SketchUp’s great for graphic designers,
game designers use it, architects use it. And it’s definitely powerful
enough to do all of those things. General contractors use it,
landscape designers use it. And I wrote notes, but I
have no idea why I did, because I don’t know
where they went. Yes! They have used it for 3D printing. And… yeah. Many other things. So let’s show you the
one last sample. Here’s another landscape
design right here. There’s a pool. Zoom in. Hot tub, pizza oven… This is actually all built. Thinking that I’ll maybe
throw some pictures up. This is an outdoor
movie theater. All right. So that was just real
quickly I wanted to show you guys what you can do with SketchUp, which is pretty much everything. Anything to do with design. And now we’re going to get
started with the sample. This is going to be
a project based— so we’re actually going
to build a shed. It’s the first thing
we’re going to do. So I’m going to go ahead
and exit out of those. So if you already have
SketchUp downloaded, let’s go ahead and
open… SketchUp. Where did I put my SketchUp file? Not there? Do we need to open a new one? There we go. So go ahead and just hit
“Start using SketchUp”. “Choose Template”. It usually will have
you choose a template if this is the first
time you’ve launched it. And just do “Simple Template
– Feet and Inches”. And then hit “Start using SketchUp”. All right. So you should just have the
tools right here on the left hand side. If you don’t, you can
just go up to “View”. Oh. You can go to “Toolbars”. And then you can just do
“Getting Started” and “Large Tool Set”. I think that’s all we
have open right now. And I would do “Views” as well. Go ahead and check that. And then you can just go
ahead and hit “Close”. Okay. So the first thing
we’re going to talk about is kind of getting
around and navigating. So to orbit, what you want to
do, if you have a scroll wheel, you just want to click in your
scroll wheel on your mouse, and then just move
your mouse around. And that’ll allow you to orbit
around this young lady right here. Now, if you want to pan,
you just hold down shift, and you do that same mouse-wheel. Right? Click the mouse wheel in
while you’re holding down shift, and you can pan back and forth. Move it around.
Orbit, just the mouse wheel. And then you can do that. Okay. Also, if you open this
window, you can go “Top View”. Right here, you’ll see these
tools, with the house. And you can hit Top view,
and that’ll go above her. You can hit “Front”,
it’ll go right in front of her. And all the others, left and right. So let’s come over here. And the first tool we’re going to go over
is just the regular line tool, right here. So you click that pencil, right there. And we’re going to click
anywhere in this area. So just click once. And you’ll see that it’s kind of
coming up on this red axis right here. That’s yourxaxis. Now, if you wanted to be helped— see how it’s just kind of
free-handing right now? Oh. It’s got to catch up. There we go. If you want it to draw a straight line,
all you need to do is hold down shift, and it’ll lock it to any
of these different axis. Right. So I’m holding down shift,
and that’s why I can draw straight. Now, you can click anywhere after
that, and it’ll end the line. Now, if you saw down here, you’ll
see that it went a certain length. It showed the length, 30 feet. Now, if we wanted that
to be exactly 30 feet… I’m going to go ahead and hit undo. Now, you can go “Edit”, up here,
and “Undo Draw Line”. But I would do either their Alt+Backspace,
or I use Control+Z to do “undo”. I’m going to hit Escape. If you start drawing a line, and you want to get out
of it, like I just did, you can go ahead and just hit Escape, and that’ll take you away
from that operation. I’m going to hit Control+Z real fast, and you can do it too,
just to undo that line real quick. And then go ahead and
draw another line, but we’re just going to let it
drop on thexaxis right there, and then you can take
your hand off the mouse. But we’re just going
to type in 30 feet. And you’ll see, right down here, that 30 came up, right? So if we just type “30”. Now right now, that’s just 30 inches,
because thedefaultis to be in inches. So you actually do need
to type that comma— or that apostrophe. So go ahead and hit Enter. And then you’ll see that that line
that was created is exactly 30 feet. So let’s go back here. I know, I’m still embarrassed that I
got hung up on the apostrophe word. Let’s go back here, and we’re
going to do another one. And let’s do this one 30 feet as well. Go ahead and hit Enter. And then we’re going to
lock to thexaxis here. And this time we’re not
going to do 30 feet, because what we’re going to do, is we’re just going
to hold down Shift. And we’re going
to go to the red, and you’ll see that there’s
these little tiny lines. This green line that’s going
from the pencil edge, and coming right out of the line. We’re going to line that straight
up with that edge right there. So it’s going to lock to that.
Right there. You see that green
dot that comes up? And then we can just click that. Let me just expand this
window all the way up, because we can get
a fuller view. Now we’re going to
draw the last line. And this one’s actually going
to go to this point right here. Now, you can hold down Shift or not.
It doesn’t matter. It should just, as soon as you cross
over that point, it’ll lock to it. And then go ahead and click it,
and just put it right there. So you’ll see that that created
this plane around the 4 lines. We want to bring this up, right? We want to extrude it. And “Extrude” just means
to pull away from. And it creates new surfaces
to be pulled away, right? So we want to make this a box. And how we’re going to do that, is we’re going to go
right up to here, and we’re going to go to the
Push/Pull tool right there. It’s that box. It’s that little box
with the arrow going up. And we’re just going to
click that right there. And then we’re going
to come over, and you’ll see that you’ve
got the icon of the box. We’re just going to click, and we’re just going to hold down on the left mouse button, and we’re going to pull up. You’ll see there at the bottom-right,
you’ve got your distance. And we were going to go up 10 feet. Let’s do… yeah, 10 feet. So we’re just going
too leave it. Just let go of the mouse
button at 19 feet. And then we’re
going to type in… Now, to do the math, we could
just do 120, like that. Right? Because that would
be really quick, because it’s all on the mouse pad,
if you have the number pad. Not mouse pad. Number pad. But for the sake of this, we’re
just going to back up a little bit, and we’re just going
to do 10 feet. Use the apostrophe. And click enter. Now, we want to know that
this is exactly 10 feet. Let’s say we wanted
to check distances. Well, there’s a tool for that. And it’s called the “Measuring Tape”. So if you come
right over here… It looks like I’m dyslexic. It’s actually the
“Tape Measure”
. So we’ll go ahead, and we
click that right there. And then we can click
this edge right here. And we can pull up,
and we can check that. Down at the bottom right,
you’ll see it says Length: 10 feet. Now, I cheat sometimes. I actually use just this
line tool, the pencil. And I’ll come up… Oh. You’ve got to
Escape out of it. Okay. I’ll grab the line tool a lot,
and I’ll just check that way. But it’s actually better form
to use the Measuring Tape. Go like that. And you can create
that right there. You can actually click it, and
then we’ll have this as a point. So if I were to ever
draw a line over here— and you don’t need to do this… If I were to draw
a line out here, I could go up, and if this was way far
away and I can’t reference this point, then I could hold that, and I would
know that that’s technically above, because these reference
lines go into infinity. So… let’s go ahead
and delete that. And what you do, is
you just select that with your left mouse button. And you can just hit
Delete right there. Same with this reference line. Go ahead and delete that right there. All right. So now we
have this box here. Now, we’re going to be
building a shed, now. And how we’re going
to build the shed is, we’re actually going to start with
this rectangle tool right up here. It’s right next to that pencil. Just go ahead and click that rectangle
tool, and just click down over here. You can line it up
with that if you want. You’ll see that an invisible
line that’s been created. It doesn’t matter though.
Just click anywhere. And you’ll see that
these dimensions, how they’re formatted,
are a little bit different. Let’s go ahead and
pull this out. And we’re going to
make a 10 by 10 shed. How this is formatted is, it’ll take yourxand then
it’ll take yourydimension. And you’ll see that there’s that
comma right there between the two. So what we’re going to write, is we’re
going to write 10 feet, comma, 10 feet. And hit Enter. And you’ll see that it’s 10 by 10. Double-check it. 10 by 10. All right. Now we’re going
to make this 10 by 10. So we’re going to come up. So… Oh. I’m using
my shortcut keys.Wuh-oh.Teaching a tutorial. Okay. Go back over here and
hit your Push/Pull tool. Click that again. And we’re going to
pull that up 10 feet. So click right there. Go ahead and release it. And go ahead and hit… I’m just going to type 120 now,
because 120 inches is 10 feet.Boom!There you go. So 10 feet. Okay. Now what we want to do,
is we want to delete this original box. Because we no longer need it. Now, to select, we can come up here
to the arrow tool right there. We can hit the arrow tool. And then we can just click
the left mouse button. And anything within that
box will be selected. Now, you have to have the full
line, or the full surface. So if I just go like
this and I release, the only thing that was
fully within that box was this line right here. You see that it turned
blue and was selected. But if I wanted to just
have a little bit in there, if I start from the bottom-
right and move up, you’ll see that my box
is this dash line. The marquee is this dash line. And what that’ll
do, is any piece of that component or part
it touches will be selected. So if I let go right here, you’ll see that this surface
was fully selected, even though the whole surface
wasn’t within that marquee. Also these lines coming out right
here weren’t fully in the marquee, but it still selected them, because
of them was in there. Again, if I click anywhere,
it’ll just deselect. So again, if I come
down here like this, it’s not going to select anything unless it
has the full part of it within the marquee. The opposite is true.
Just a piece of it will select it. So go ahead and just select this
whole thing and then hit Delete. And we’ll get rid of that there. Okay. So let’s
zoom in on this box. This is going to be our shed. And what we’re going to do, is
we’re just going to draw a line. Again, I just did a shortcut. But come up here and click
this pencil right here. And we will zoom into this space. Now, if we want to look
at the face straight-on, we can just go ahead and
click that right there. And then we’ll have a
straight-on shot of it. So the first thing we… well, we don’t really
need to figure this out, but wecandetermine what
we want our pitch to be. And how to do that, your pitch is
going to be your run and your rise. So let’s say that if we go up… And by “Run” I
mean horizontally, and then “Rise” is how far does it
goupfor how far it goes over. So let’s go ahead, and we’re
going to set this to probably… That’s 5. Let’s just make it 45. So we’re going to go up 5 feet. And we’re going to hit Enter. Now, we’re not going to worry about
overhang on this shed for right now. We’ll worry about that later, and how
structurally a shed would be built. We’re just going for shape right now. Okay. So we’ve got this line,
and it’s going to continue. So we’re going to click
that edge right there. Boom. And then we’ve got
that 45 degree angle, because we have 5
feet going over… for every 5 feet we go
over, we go up 5 feet. Okay. Now we’re going to
click this point right here. We’re going select right here, and that’ll create that
new surface right there. Now, we want to get rid
of this line right here, because we only want to
push this back once. We don’t want to have to… Like, if I came up here, if I orbit with the
center mouse key —or the click-wheel— if I were to hit push
and then pull it out, I’d have to do both sides. And so what we’re going to do, is we’re
going to eliminate this line right here. And how we do that is with
our Eraser tool right here. So we just click this Eraser tool. And we come over here. And if we hold down the
left mouse button, anything that we go
over will get erased. So you see that it
went blue, right? That means it’s going to be erased
once I release that left mouse button. So I’m going to release it,
and it’ll take it away. Now, I’m going to undo that
real quick with Control+Z. Or Command+Z. I think it’s
Command+Z if you’re on Mac. But let’s say… go ahead and click the arrow. Or your Space-bar. If I just wanted to
delete this real quick, I could always just select
it and then hit Delete. But that’s more commands, because I’d have to hit the Space-bar,
or the arrow button, click it, and then hit Delete, versus if I’m using
the Eraser tool, I just go ahead and I hit. If I’m using hot-keys of course, I would hit my E for Eraser. Now, it’s going to be different on yours,
so I don’t want to talk about hot-keys yet. But I would just click the Eraser,
and I swipe over it once. This is useful because sometimes you want
to delete more than one thing at a time, and not just be individually
clicking things. So if I hit undo again, and I wanted to erase
these 3 lines right here, I just hold down the left key (button)…
Boom, boom, boom. Takes all 3 of them out. So go ahead and hit Space-bar
right here to go back to that. Now again, you don’t
have to do that. I’m just showing you that
for future reference. Okay. And then I’ll
do Eraser again here. Get rid of that line. Okay. Now, Space-bar again,
back to the arrow. What we’re going to do here, is we’re going to push this back
to this edge, this triangle. So come up over here,
hit the Push/Pull tool, and we’re going to
select that surface— well not select it,
but hover over it. It’ll turn blue once
it’s ready to be pushed. And then we’re going to go ahead
and push it all the way to there. Now, let’s undo this real quick, because you’ll see that you’ve
got this light blue surface, and it’s not really matching. So in SketchUp, there’s really
no material applied right now. But what the default is, is to have this white with this
light blue on the back side. So if I were to click this— Well, let’s just skip
that part, actually. What we’re going to do, is we’re going
to undo that real quick, with Control+Z. And we’re going to do
the Push/Pull tool, right there. And as we’re pulling back like this,
you’ll see that it goes blue, right? I want you to just hit Control. Did you see that? I just hit Control. Now, on the Mac it’ll be Command. If not, somebody comment
and say it’s not. But you’re just going to pull it back, and then drop it on that
point, right there. Now this side is still
blue like this, and we want to switch that. So we’re going to press
Space-bar for arrow, we’re going to click on this, and we’re going to click the
right mouse button right there. And you’ll see that this
dropdown menu came up. What we’re going to do, is
we’re going to Reverse Faces.Boom!There we go. Get the
white, right there. That’s the one we want. And then we’ve got this side.
That side’s fine. All good and dandy. So now, what do we want
to do with our shed? We want to add a door to this. So how are we going to do that? We’re going to go to our
rectangle, right here. And we could draw a
rectangle like this, but we want our door
to be centered. So how are we going to
get our center point? We’re going to go ahead and
undo that with Control+Z. And we can use the Measuring Tape.Tape Measuring.And what we can do,
is we can come up here, and we can bring this
over just like that, and we can drop it
right in the center. So now we’ve got our center point. So what we’re going to do here,
is how tall do we want our door? Let’s make our door 8 feet. So we’re going to
click right here. We’re going to bring
this up 8 feet. Go ahead and type in 8 feet. And hit Enter. And now we want our door
to be 3 feet across. Now, we can do math
here, and we can say, “Okay, we’ve got a 10
foot span right here.” So if we want this to be 3 feet,
the difference is going to be 7 feet. So we go three and a
half feet off each edge. But let’s just make
it easy on ourselves. We’re going to go out, and we’re going
to bring this out to one and a half feet. So I can actually do 1.5 feet, and that’ll give us 42 inches. Boom. Right there. Again, I can check right
there with my pencil tool. And you’ll see that it’s 1′ 6″. Did I say 42? I did say 42. 18. I did some weird math there.
I did one and a half feet. Which is not… I did three and half feet for
some reason, in my head. Okay. And then we’re going
to come out from this line. And this one’s easier because we
just know it’s going to be 36. Again, we can check with this.
3′ 6″. 3′ 6″. So this is where the
door is going to be. Now, let’s go ahead and just
select our rectangle tool. And then we’re just going to
bring that down right there. And we’re going to hit
Enter right there. Okay. So now let’s erase these
lines right here. Remember what we talked about. The Eraser tool. Come right up here
to the Eraser tool, hold down your left mouse button as you scan over these.Boom.Take them away. And now you’re
thinking to yourself, “Okay, I think I made this
door a little too high. “I actually want it to be
seven and ahalffeet.” So what we’re going to do now,
is we’re going to use theMovetool. If we go right over to here, you’ll see these 4
arrows right here. Go ahead and click that.
That’s your move tool. And then what we’re going to do,
is we’re going to come over here, and we’re going to hover
over this line right here. And we’re going to
drag this down. Make sure it’s on the
blue plane, thezplane. And then we’re going to drop it. And after we’ve
already let go of it, that’s when we’re going
to type in the 6 inches. Now, again, we can do “.5”. Or we can just type in “6”, and hit Enter. Okay. So let’s go ahead and check
that with the Tape Measure. Again, you don’t need to. But it’s always good practice. So come up.
7′ 6″. Great. Hit Escape to get out of that,
because you don’t want to put that down. All right. So we’ve got
this start to our shed. We’re getting about 20 minutes in,
getting close to 20 minutes. So real quickly, I’m just going to show
you where this is going to lead to. We’re going to get
something like this. We’re going to be building
this garden shed right here. Not exactly. We’re going to
be doing our own versions. You can see over here, I’ve
got some other versions. And so we’ll divert. But this is the amount of detail that we’re
going to move up to in the following days. And we’re going to get windows in,
we’re going to go over a lot more tools. And here’s another sample of
another shed that we will do. Again, we will do different
sheds like this. By the time we get there, we’ll divert. And it’ll be really cool to
see all the different styles and different materials that you
guys add to your sheds as well. So maybe I’ll put a link
down below or something. Or an email that you
can send those. Once your shed’s
completely done, you can send your shed, and then we can all see it
or share it or whatever. But for now, we’re going to stop here,
because we’re getting a little long. So go into Day 2, and we will
continue along with our shed. Again, my name is Jacob Williams
fromWild Academy. Please like the video and share it. I know a lot of people don’t
even know about SketchUp, because it’s completely— It’s funny, it’s a
completely free program. So many people are like, “Oh! I didn’t
even know this program exists.” So please share the videos so your friends know about it, on Twitter, Facebook, whatever’s popular
by the time you’re watching this video. I know it changes all the time. But if you have any questions,
you can contact me. Just leave a comment. I can always help you out.
Ilovehelping people out. All right. Thanks again. Have a good one, guys.

100 thoughts on “SketchUp Tutorial – 1 – Beginner SketchUp Tutorial

  1. Wow thats nice tutorials, very useful and easy to follow. I have some sketchup presentation too. Im think if its enough for beginner level. Please visit my channel and feedback about my work. Dont forget to subscribe thanks.

  2. awesome for Roblox Studio! It makes you look like a pro, no joke, Roblox Studio is a lot more difficult and crappy than this, this makes things a whole lot easier and a whole new different level. Thanks

  3. Great video, I just finished my second design class at HCC using the Autocad software and I wish we had learned to use this software instead. I heard about SketchUp from some classmates but never seen it until now. In my opinion this is far better than cad and more easy to use.Thanks again for the great tutorial(s)

  4. Nice
    Plz tell me what kind of soft ware used for online construction building jobs??
    For example. Separate wooden work, steel ,marble and tiles eat.

  5. Hi great video. Question for some reason i cant copy my objects! i have each as a group but i try and try and not successful i do all the step and i can see my highlighted object move side to side and when i release it no copy!! all i do is move my item.. HELP Thanks in advance

  6. Hello sir vandana here actually i want to do running render walk-through i don't have idea in that can send me the link for that

  7. hi. i m a beginner to sketchup but not autocad. thanks for making it quite simple to learn…are all the hard keys going to remain same as autocad?

  8. why do all the tutorials on you tube always show SketchUp Pro? Obviously, a beginner or someone just thinking about using it is going to be using the free version and NOT THE PRO VERSION. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY STUPID.

  9. Great tutorial Jake. I often download models from SketchUp 3D warehouse for Moviestorm but it would be nice to build my own. I’ll follow this series to build the house. Many thanks for your time.

  10. I've spent quite a bit of time getting used to SketchUp. And I still can't figure out why people use this POS software. It is NOT easier or faster to model than proper 3D software like 3DS Max or Maya. It's actually very tedious and counter intuitive. It chokes on 600 mb file and image quality is crap. Animiation is non-existent and it isn't cheap either. I'm using it because my clients are but I just don't get it.

  11. Hay Williams I have been working with Revit for 6yrs now but I like to start using sketchup , and I think Your videos are by far better than the other few that I have been following and I like to thank you for that. I also Like to know if You can hold a special classes for people who wish to learn and how can that be achieved

  12. Great, now i can learn to be an amateur architect hahaha anyway i got a question for you jake. can we add background of our design later on? you know just incase i will make a tour of the house and the back ground can help the video feels more realistic. Maybe adding some clouds, sunshine or even sunset, mountain view that kind of stuff?

  13. You can even use these for backgrounds in webcomics… cause drawing backgrounds just wastes your time, especially if you want them to be nice looking, it's very time consuming. I recommend new artists using 3D for your backgrounds.

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  15. Your youtube title is SketchUp Tutorial-1 -Beginner SketchUp Tutorial. Great title. Can you talk any faster? I'm a beginner and I was almost able to follow you.

  16. why do I feel demotivated after I watched your work.. It so amazing that I don't know if I can do that.. btw amazing tutorial

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  18. For turning the "blue" surface to "white" the Command doesn't work on my Mac, but the Option does! Try Option if your Mac doesn't work for Commond

  19. Hello Jake. Great tutorials you give. I would need you advice. I'm an interior designer and work with acad for 2d drawings. I have begun 3D drawing with Sketchup and find it much user friendly than 3D acad. I am using the free version at the moment and find it very limited. So I would like to know which version I should buy online. I draw home interiors as well as exteriors. Which version do you suggest I purchase ? Thank you for your help 🙂 Clody

  20. The reference lines don’t go to infinity. They converge at the vanishing point and the horizon line. #perspectivedrawing

  21. If you start a project in inches and feet and you always change the unit setting to meters? and vice versa

  22. I just found out about SketchUp. Thank you for your tutorials, they are helping me decide if I want to invest in the membership. Peace.

  23. Hello. Mr. Williams, lt is a true pleasure having the unique opportunity of learning from you on how to use this wonderful landscape design software program. i am looking forward to watching the following sketchup tutorial videos you created. thank you very much for helping me in the use of this software.

  24. I can't help but wonder why anyone would want to use this program in feet and inches. I get it, you grow up with something and it feels more familiar… but the whole time you kept having to do maths to convert between feet and inches, rather than just adding or subtracting a zero like you would have in metric.

  25. how does one reach out too you Jake? I have a question about sketchup that I am struggling with
    Was hoping you might have some insight

  26. CTRL nor CMD didn't do anything on the free, online version of Sketchup. I only could get the solid triangle for the roof.

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