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RalphBarker's picture

Is there a SketchUp tutorial aimed at pencil-spinners (we were taught to rotate the drafting pencil/lead holder in drafting class)?

Coming at the program from a paper drafting background, I'm a little embarassed to say I just don't "get" the SU interface, even though I have a good computing foundation. Apparently, there's something fundamental about the application's paradigm that I've missed somehow.

DaveRichards's picture

SketchUp (post #157771, reply #1 of 7)

Hi Ralph,

I can understand where you're coming from and I would be happy to help. Would you drop me an e-mail please?


RalphBarker's picture

thanks (post #157771, reply #2 of 7)

You have mail. 

globaldeb's picture

sketchup (post #157771, reply #3 of 7)

you can check this out

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GEide's picture

Caution... (post #157771, reply #4 of 7)

Dear globaldeb,

Please be cautious of your use of links in this forum. While we appreciate the sharing of information, we don't like solicitations for solicitation's sake, i.e. just linking off our site to take traffic from us and send it to you.

If you have sketchup expertise, I do hope that you will share your tips and tricks in this forum setting as well.

Thank you, Gina,

VAM's picture

YouTube (post #157771, reply #5 of 7)

There are many, many tutorials on YouTube at all levels of difficulty.  Simply searching on "sketchup" will get you started.  Google also has tutorials available on their Sketchup web site.  And there are a number of books you can find on Amazon to help you learn.  "Google Sketchup: The Missing Manual" is one good one.

RalphBarker's picture

follow-up (post #157771, reply #6 of 7)

For purposes of follow-up, Dave was able to get me past my "paradigm block". (Thanks again, Dave!)

I've also since purchased Tim Killen's “The SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers,” which I find to be quite helpful.

DaveRichards's picture

Ralph, I'm glad that helped. (post #157771, reply #7 of 7)

Ralph, I'm glad that helped. I'm happy to do more if you'd like.