Google SketchUp And CAD For 2D/3D Garden Design Work


Google SketchUp And CAD For 2D/3D Garden Design Work

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Started by David Beasley Garden Design Oct 7, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Colin Elliott on November 24, 2009 at 17:56
Thought this would amuse you: when I first taught myself to use sketchup this was the task I set myself: to draw a deck we had just designed and built, connecting the house level with the rest of the garden, 5 m below.
The vidoe was shown to the lads who built it at the Christmas party. Be I say, this was the first drawing I ever did.
The Deck.wmv
We teach this sort of thing these days:

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Comment by David Beasley Garden Design on November 24, 2009 at 18:30
Nice video!

The first thing I drew using SketchUp was a rectangle which I push/pulled to form a box, clad in 'landscape' materials and saved as demo.skp

I was blown away by that at the time as I compared how easy it was compared to how difficult it would be to do the same thing using AutoCAD.
Comment by Robert Park on November 25, 2009 at 9:53
Started with AutoCAD a few years back and found SketchUp a dream to work with in comparison.

I find materials frustrating in SketchUp, particularly paving, is there an easy way to get an outline of slabs instead of drawing a lot of rectangles? Trying to develop a way with dynamic components but not having much luck.

Here is some of my recent SketchUp work.

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Comment by David Beasley Garden Design on November 25, 2009 at 11:41
Hi Robert

Nice design and SketchUp work!

I to normally end up drawing pavers as individual units as I tend to favour using big units (900x600) and don't do/specify block paving etc.

I use this to my advantage to work out exactly how individual pavers will fit into my scheme, how many are needed and what the expected wastage will be.

Your right though, the set of materials that comes with SketchUp in a bit limiting, old fashioned and dare I say American looking for the UK market.

You could of course do a Google images search + bit of photoshoping etc and make your own materials and right click>texture position in SketchUp to make sure the material is in the correct scale with your model.

Have you had a look here to see if any materials suit your purposes?
Comment by Jackson's Landscape Design on November 27, 2009 at 22:02
Here is a little concept drawing using SketchUp 3D, I drafted up one Sunday afternoon, for An old Firend in Torquay, Devon.

Note the stainless steel axe head in the cold steel grey retaining wall, the crack is illuminated with red led lights

Comment by Jackson's Landscape Design on November 29, 2009 at 22:56
Hi David

Cant seem to be able to upload my first SketchUp video from flickr, please let me know the ins and outs of CamStudio as I cant see where the recorded monitor image is saved, any way not too sure if this link will work but here goes anyway:


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Comment by David Beasley Garden Design on November 30, 2009 at 7:49
Sorry Kerry,

I don't think you can embed videos in this 'comment' section (only the section at the top of the page!). I think the best bet is to do as you've done show a screen shot and provide a link etc.

Cam Studio will take a bit of experimentation to get your output right. Go into ALL the drop down tabs at the top of it and change them to suit. When you press record, Cam Studio dissapears from screen and you will find it by clicking on the blue Cam Studio icon in the bottom right hand side corner of the screen (the start bar with the clock on etc.). Press stop when you find it and follow on-screen instructions.

The best technique I've found when doing screen capture is to do tasks on screen much slower than you would naturally do, hover over buttons etc. and leave some dead time at the end of your recording that gives you time (20 secs?) to find the stop button etc. so that you can edit this out of the final video.

Another technique I think I may try is to simply take still screen shots at crucial stages during constructing a drawing and animate them by bringing them altogether in Windows Movie Maker Etc. I think the resolulution may be crisper this way!
Comment by Michael Thompson on November 30, 2009 at 16:21
You guys are well ahead of me with this! I've been trolling through YouTube videos for pointers but there's about 16,000 to choose from.

Any "How to Sketchup" videos you can recommend?

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Comment by David Beasley Garden Design on November 30, 2009 at 18:40
I've not really watched any 'how to' videos on SketchUp for a while, but I remembered about this site.
Comment by Jackson's Landscape Design on November 30, 2009 at 18:51
Michael I havent watched any SketchUp videos, trial and error and lots of hours using the software, save all your draftings as they are like family images, its good to look back.


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