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Class guide for using SketchUp Pro in History 51

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History 51: SketchUp Pro Tutorial

Vicky Chaij, Joshua Tuthill | January 2022

SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program for a broad range of drawing and design applications — including architectural, interior design, industrial and product design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, theater, film and video game development.


Setting up a Project

Set Up fot SketchUp


Open SketchUp Pro. Do not worry about the other modes and select simple.

Begin by importing .stl files from your desktop directory. Select file -> Import -> Select .stl file. Recommend that you select an import each file one at a tome or else the models may get lost since they are so small.

The files will start off small. You may not see them at first and will have to zoom in. Use the scale button to scale up. (hotkey S)

SketchUp scale

Once you add and scale the files begin moving and assembling your temple with the “Move” (hotkey M)

While clicking move you can also simultaneously press “alt” or “option” to duplicate the model in the space.

You can transform the object by right-clicking on the item. This is you flip an object on its axis. Students probably won't have to do any more than this. If it asks you to move something on a component blue(z-axis), green(y-axis), red(x-axis).

Texturing your Objects

Use the paint budget to paint an object. Double click on an object to confine and be able to paint the object by itself. Doing this allows you to auto fill full objects at a time to save time

You can group two pieces together. Select the pieces you want to group -> edit -> group

Finish Texturing each one of your pieces

Preparing your Complex for Google Earth

When you are satisfied with your piece you must add a location and coordinates. Begin by selecting File > Geo-Location> Add location.

In the search bar on the right search where you would like your model to be placed. You can either search for the location or directly input coordinates.
Once you have your location on the map zoom until the specific region that you want your model in is framed in the square. The more zoomed into the location that you want the better your complex will positioned.
Once you are happy with your location press go to select location on the upper right hand corner.
Select region> Select provider> Digital globe. Make sure to select digital globe and not High Res Nearmap.
Once you have the model in the location that you desire you can use the scale and move tools to adjust your pieces as necessary. It is recommend to group pieces to do this. Only do this when you are truly satisfied with all of the pieces in your model.
Now it is time to export your piece to Google Maps. Select file> export> 3D model.
Title your model select the location that you would like to export your file to. Make sure that you export it as a Google Earth .KMZ final.

Quick Link to Google Earth Pro Tutorial

More information on Google Earth Pro can be found here.