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 Post subject: Sketchup Tutorial
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:14 pm 
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Hey, I did this pretty basic tute on building a TMP era bridge module using sketchup for someone over at sfm. Hope some people here find it useful!

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Damn! When I get my more powerful PC up and running again I'll have to start to play around with that some.

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It's really a lot of fun to use once you play around with it for a while. It's really helped improve my illustrations and I couldn't imagine trying to do a perspective illustration without building it in sketchup first.


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The 3rd part....pure genius!

Now, truly ANYTHING can be done with Ketchup....err...I mean Sketchup :P


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Another short one, this was to help with a curved surface but is pretty good for using negative space to carve a desired shape.

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Ok, This is the first part of a complete walkthrough of building the Shrike in Sketchup. I forgot to mention at the beginning of this that one of the keys to doing things in segments and then combining them. So in this, I'm just going through modeling the main body and how to achieve a tapered, curvy look.

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Part two.

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I had tried to design a ship of mine in SketchUp that looks kind of like a somewhat flattened cylinder with 2 engines sticking out on each side. I've found that I have had the most difficulty with the curved surfaces, especially ovals or circular shapes that aren't perfect circles. (The spheres too seem impossible to do.)

In one of your tutorials you say "... add the basic shape of the bridge module using the curve tool." I have version 6.4.112 and I don't have anything called a curve tool. Did you mean the arc? Or is it some sort of add-on that can add a curvature to any line I wish?

I only just started to use S.U., and while I do find it's quite interesting, I also find it's pretty difficult. Especially the curves. So any help you could offer would be appreciated.

This is all I got out of it so far... [ LINK ]


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Another problem I have are spheres, the ones I used in my ship were imported, because I have no idea how to make them. My approach to making a sphere is adding circles until it looks like a sphere, but then it has no actual surfaces.

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Did you maybe... pay for your version of SketchUp? seeing as yours looks way better and easier than mine. Maybe I have a cheap little beta test or something, because I downloaded mine for free...


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Yeah, I meant the arc tool, not curve. As far as spheres, it's super easy;

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And I use the freebie version of sketchup BTW.

Oh, and your ship looks much better than my first efforts!


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