How to create animations with SketchUp?

One of the biggest flaws of SketchUp is the lack of an animation system to add movement or transformation to objects. We can create some sort of animation with SketchUp, but it is a trick that only moves the view angle from different scenes. So, how can we create animations with SketchUp? There isn`t any […]

Using SketchUp to create sections for architecture

Before we get to work with 3d modeling and visualization projects, most architects must get to know how to deal with technical drawing. I still remember my first experiences with views and projections, and of course the first time I did tried to create a section. Today we have a bunch of tools to help […]

Night rendering with SketchUp and Photoshop

One of the most common types of lighting that we have to simulate in 3d for architecture is made by a clear sky with direct sunlight. It is quite uncommon to be asked to place your project at a cloudy sky or even create a night render. From both examples, the one that you may […]

How to import DWG files to SketchUp 8 free?

Ever since the last upgrade to version 8, SketchUp no longer offers the possibility to import DWG files to the free version of the software. Only the Pro users can use a native solution to directly import DWG files to SketchUp. Are there any workarounds? Sure! I was browsing some articles about SketchUp last week […]

Free tutorials about Revit for Architecture

A lot of my students still rely on CAD tools like AutoCAD to develop their projects. And it is not only with students, but architects that started to work with CAD tools on the early stages of their professional life, are resistant to migrate to such technologies. I remember that after a quick visit to […]

SketchUp 8 available to download

The workflow of an architectural visualization project often involves the use of several types of files, coming from softwares like AutoCAD and SketchUp. In the past months I `m starting to receive more and more projects created with SketchUp. Since SketchUp is an easy tool to create volumetric models, most architects or small companies without […]

Free plugin to create grass in SketchUp for architecture

The creation of any king of environment for architectural visualization represents a big challenge to the artist, when the surface is all covered with shiny and green grass. A few years ago it would be a big problem to represent grass on 3d softwares without expansive plugins, or a clever solution during the post production. […]

Autodesk Homestyler: Free web based interior design and layout

You may remember the projects from Autodesk that tries to create web based applications to allow designers and architects, to work on visualizations without the need of install any type of software. One of those projects was Dragonfly, which looked a lot like something close to what SketchUp can do, but with more options and […]