Featured Course: SketchUp Pro 2014

We’ve just released our new SketchUp Pro 2014 training course, packed with expert tutorials designed to teach you the fundamentals of the program, from the drawing tool basics to rendering and exporting your final project. In this post, we’re including a free chapter from the course that will  teach you how to create different roof types using SketchUp Pro. 


SketchUp Pro 2014 is one of the most popular 3D modelling programs on the market, and is used to design, document, and communicate your ideas in 3D. It’s flexible enough to handle any type of 3D modelling and communication, and is idea for professionals in architecture, design, construction, and engineering, among many others.

In our beginners course, you’ll follow along with author Dan Brown as he takes you through how to model his house. You’ll learn how to create windows and walls, model a fireplace in detail, create a staircase, and develop the kitchen. You’ll also cover how to animate a scene, and use LayOut to put together a presentation.

FREE CHAPTER: Creating Different Roof Types

Navigating in 3D – Before you can begin drawing in 3D, you need to understand how to navigate and orbit in SketchUp. Here, Dan will explain how to navigate in 3D using the tools in SketchUp:

Push, Pull and Move Tool – In this tutorial, you’ll begin drawing basic roof pitches using the push/pull tool:

Using Follow Me – Complex Roof Pitches – In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the follow me tool to create a more complex roof structure:

Creating a Mansard Roof – In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the offset tool and the autofold tool to create the Mansard roof:

Creating a Gambrel Roof – Finally, Dan will show you how to draw the Gambrel roof in SketchUp:







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