Google Sketchup for architects

Google SketchUp for Architects

Duration: 18 hours

Teaching Methodology: Hands on

Course Schedule: Schedule

Fees $250

Course Mode: Blended Face-to-face or online via Zoom


Google SketchUp is 3D modeling software for people who want to get up and running quickly. Thic Google SketchUp course covers topics specific to the interest of architects.


In this course, students learn how to create accurate 3D models, design in 3D, create amazing photorealistic renderings, plan for fabrication, and integrate with BIM workflow.


Architects, interior designers, decorators, artists, and anyone who is interested in quickly creating 3D architectural models.


No perquisites are needed to learn this software.

Google Sketchup 01
Google Sketchup 02
Google Sketchup 03
Google Sketchup 04


01 - Introduction

  • 3D for All
  • How does SketchUp Fit into the Designer's Toolbox?
  • Windows or Mac, Pro or Make?
Sketchup Interface

02 - Getting Started

  • Hardware, Operating System, and Browser Requirements
  • The Video Card
  • The Space Navigator 3D Mouse
  • The Tablet
  • Download SketchUp Make
  • The Workspace
  • Run Multiple SketchUp Files at the Same Time
  • Save Options
  • Creating text
  • Backup Files
Drawing in Sketchup

03 - Exploring the Interface

  • Select or Change a Template
  • Add the Large Tool Set
  • The Select Tool
  • The Rectangle Tool
  • The Inference Engine
  • The Push/Pull Tool
  • Input Numbers
  • The Pan and Orbit Tools
  • Modifier Keys
  • The Escape Key
  • The Zoom Tool
  • The Views Toolbar: Generate Orthographic Drawings
  • Select with Selection and Crossing Windows
  • Select by Clicking, Right-Clicking, and Holding the SHIFT and CTRL Keys
  • The Move Tools
  • Customize the Desktop
  • Make a Custom Template
  • The Help Function
  • Manage Dialogue Boxes
Organizing Scenes in Google Sketchup

04 - Modeling Furniture, Cabinery, and Accessories

  • Faces and Edges
  • The Eraser Tool
  • The Pencil and Freehand Tools
  • The Move Tool
  • Stickiness
  • Groups
  • Causes of a Non-Filling Face
  • Color-Coordinate the Model's Lines
  • Model a Table
  • Model a Bookcase
  • Model a Clock with Radial Array
Importing to Google Sketchup

05 - Drafting, Modeling, and Furnishing a Floor Plan

  • Prepare a Raster File for Import
  • Draft a Plan by Tracing a Raster Image
  • Trace Interior Walls
  • Edge Styles Again
  • From Plan to Model
  • Flashing Planes
  • Draft a Plan from a Paper Sketch
  • Interior Vs. Exterior Models
  • Components in Single vs. Double-Sided Walls
  • Create Plan and Elevation Views
  • Model a Building from an AutoCAD Plan
  • Interact with Revit
  • Clipping
  • Model a Sloped Ceiling with the Protractor Tool
Materials in Google Sketchup

06 - Modeling a Two-Story House Interior

  • Model the Shell and First Floor
  • Model the Second Floor
  • Model the Living Room
  • Model a Cabinet
  • Model Crown Molding with the Follow Me Tool
  • Model a Stairs Guard
  • Edit a Downloaded Staircase
  • The Outliner
Lighting Scenes in Google Sketchup

07 - Painting with Colors, Textures, and Photo-Matching

  • What is Painting
  • Paint with Native SketchUp Materials
  • Paint with Textures
  • Paint the Stairs
  • Import Swatches from Other Models
  • Put New Colors and Textures into the Software
  • Check Face Orientation on Painted Surfaces
  • Apply a Real-Life Design Scheme to the Model
  • Import a Texture
  • Photo-Match an Interior Space
Rendering in Google Sketchup

08 - Enhancing and presenting the Model

  • Annootate the Model
  • Dimension a Floor Plan
  • Creating terrain from scratch
  • Scenes
  • The Walk-Through Tools
  • What Are Dynamic Components
  • Save Vs. Export
  • Enhance with Other Software
  • Enhance with Hand-Rendering
  • Why SketchUp May Run Slow
Creating Terrain in Google Sketchup

09 - Plugins and LayOut

  • What's a Plugin?
  • LayOut
  • SketchUCation Forum
Photo Matching in Google Sketchup

10 - Vray

  • Global switches
  • Lights, Shadows, Sun & Sky, Fog
  • Reflections & Refractions
  • Water & Glass
  • Settings
Vray for Google Sketchup