Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

While Santa is getting settled in his new abode (looks like there is still some construction to do), it is time for me to wish you all wonderful holidays, a relaxing time with your family and friends and all the best for the new year! I hope to meet you, see you, email you or talk to you all again in 2014. Cheers, Alex P.S. As always, SketchUp was heavily used in the making of this picture. Santa came from the 3D Warehouse and yes, those are CLT panels....
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Creating Photo Textures for Rendering

Creating Photo Textures for Rendering

As you just saw in the CLT example, having a good texture makes all the difference when you create renderings in SketchUp. I also discussed this in some length in the book (especially in the rendering chapter). To expand on this topic, here are some tips: Making a seamless texture Obviously a seamlessly repeating (a "tiling") texture is the most efficient way to go when you use textures. This allows you to use a small image to fill a large space. And if you use a good texture, you won't even see any seams or repeating patterns. As I described in the book, there are many places where you can get good quality tiling textures. However, what do you do when you need to make your own? First of all, start with a good image! This typically requires a few simple but important steps: Find the texture you are looking for (a brick wall, grass etc.). Be careful with the sun's position. If...
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Need a Cross-Laminated Timber in SketchUp?

Need a Cross-Laminated Timber in SketchUp?

With Cross-Laminated Timber (often abbreviated to CLT) available now as a new and exciting building material, I am sure some of you will need to include these in your SketchUp models, too. To help you out a bit, I am making available SketchUp components of 3-ply and 5-ply CLT panels. You can download them from my 3D Warehouse account (for example you can just search for "CLT" in the Components window in SketchUp). Click on the links below to preview and access them. As always, these are available under a Creative Commons Attribution License. If you need the raw textures for your own creations, you can download these images from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexschreyer/8892850629/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexschreyer/8892850691 They are from my textures set....
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What to do with Plugins in SketchUp 2013?

What to do with Plugins in SketchUp 2013?

So now that you have upgraded to SketchUp 2013 you should be facing the question: What to do with SketchUp's plugins in this release. After all, when you started the new software for the first time, it likely only had the default plugins installed that Trimble released with it. But there was also a new toolbar button for the Extension Warehouse! At this time, you have a few options. Let's look at them: A) You are upgrading and you had plugins installed in the earlier version With the new Extension Warehouse and the SketchUcation Plugin Store now available, which both include one-click install and easy updating, it makes most sense to get plugins that are hosted in these places through the respective installers. So even if you had installed specific plugins in a previous version of SketchUp, I would recommend to go to these tools first to find them (instead of simply copying the Plugins folder). So here's my suggested order of...
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SketchUp 2013 is Out!

SketchUp 2013 is Out!

Anticipated by many and announced last year at 3D Basecamp, SketchUp 2013 is now out and available for download. If you are still using SU 8 (or dare I say even 7 or 6), swing over to their website and download the latest version. The free version is still free and there are upgrade options for the Pro version. So what's new? Quite a few things. Here's the run-down: Extension Warehouse There is finally an official place where you can find the many plugins and extensions that are available for SketchUp (including mine). While all the other sites out there (Ruby Library Depot, SketchUcation, Smustard and even my sketchupplugins.com) did a great job accumulating these, the new warehouse is integrated right into SketchUp (just look for the toolbar button) and it features one-click installation and plugin updating as well as the usual app-store stuff of reviews, popularity stats and hopefully later: ratings. This might have turned SketchUp into the first CAD application with an App Store! ...
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