This is the companion page for Chapter 2 of the book Architectural Design with SketchUp.

From the Book

This chapter of Architectural Design with SketchUp reviews most of SketchUp’s basic techniques. You’ll also learn about customizing the software environment and adjusting settings to help you with your daily tasks.

Go beyond the book:

Check out my tutorials on this site in the SketchUp Basics and 3D Modeling categories

SketchUp Models In This Chapter

Below are two of the models that you can explore interactively in your browser (click and drag to orbit):

View and download all models from this chapter on the 3D Warehouse.

Links In This Chapter

Updated links will be listed here:

Sample Videos From This Chapter (from the 2nd Edition)

You can access all Chapter 2 videos using the password from the book on Wiley’s companion site:

All Chapter 2 videos:

  • 0201: Making your own template (included here)
  • 0202: Trellis example
  • 0203: Groups and components
  • 0204: Applying and positioning materials
  • 0205: Modeling a post cap
  • 0206: Importing and scaling images  (included here)
  • 0207: Modeling from images

Next Steps

  • Check out my tutorials on this site in the 3D Modeling category.
  • Don’t forget to check out the official SketchUp Learn center for introductory tutorials.


Chapter 3 explains how you can employ many different 3D modeling strategies to your advantage.

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