Google SketchUp is a software specifically designed to teach you 3D modeling. Thanks to its easy to use interface and a nice collection of features, it’s ideal tool for novice users and powerful designers alike. Apart from creating models, it lets users share their masterpiece on Google Earth. The latest release integrates Google Maps.
Another major change is the lack of technical jargon and difficult to understand terms to beginners, what makes it even more user friendly. To start with, Google SketchUp comes with plenty of hints and guides, which include video tutorials, tips and tricks, a blog, and a help center. Once you open a program, it asks you to select a type of template you desire to work with. These include templates for architectural design, woodworking, Google Earth modeling, engineering, product design, plan view, or beginning training template. In the toolbar menu at the top of the window one can find options for Files, Edit, and View. A toolbox located below, is packed with tools for creating and editing shapes, lines, and others. A helpful Instructor walks users step-by-step through the setup process. There are tons of other useful tools. The Tape Measure Tool allows users to measure shapes, the Eraser tool removes mistakes.
But in fact, the real fun gives you the ability to export your Google SketchUp creations into Google Earth. You can easily share your 3D designs via email or simply upload them.
The application is accessible for all kinds of users. Of course, the fact that it’s free indicates that it lacks some advanced features. But still, it is a reliable and user-friendly app with easy to learn approach to 3D graphic design.