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what's up guys Justin here with the sketch essentials calm back with the Sketchup free tutorial for you so in today's video we're gonna talk through we're gonna go through an introduction of the online free version of Sketchup and kind of how that works this is kind of gonna be a beginner level tutorial for getting started with the app so I've gotten a lot of questions about doing a tutorial on this version so let's go ahead and just jump into it alright so in this video we're gonna go through and we're gonna kind of get started with the online version of Sketchup so this is the free version of Sketchup that is now web-based and so you can access that by going to app Sketchup comm or if you just go to Sketchup comm and go to the free version you can also access this that way and so if you're if you're accessing this page for the first time this will give you kind of a getting started page or a getting started view for this that'll walk you through everything in the free version since I've already gone through that it sees that and it doesn't walk me through that but I think there's a start tour button you can click in order to get kind of a tour of the way that everything works and where everything is located so I will also walk you through that so the first area is the home bar up at the top and this is where you can access your model preferences you can save projects up here so this is kind of where you're gonna save things and also access if you want to upload to the 3d warehouse or something like that you can do that here as well so this is where you're going to name your model and you're also going to be able to save it up here and then on the left hand side of the page you've got a toolbar on the left hand side these are going to be your toolbars for the tools that you're gonna use to draw things inside of Sketchup so this is where you're gonna access the things that you're actually gonna use to draw inside of your model so you can access things like your line tools and your eraser tools so these are at your actual drawing tools over here on the left hand side note that if you click on this and there's a little arrow next to it a lot of these have multiple tools contained inside of this toolbar so you can single click on this and then click on one those tools to activate that particular tool if that's what you want to do so you can use this to get to all of those different tools just by clicking on these and so on the right hand side you've got your panels your panels are gonna give you more information about like your selected objects inside of inside of Sketchup so like for example if I select this model you can see how you get the entity info for that model that's also where you're gonna be able to access the outliner which you have to upgrade in order to use that function but you're also going to be able to access information about your components and your materials and things like that and you can open and close these just by clicking on the icons and then coming in here and clicking on this X right here if you want to close something that you've opened over here you can also kind of make this panel go away by clicking in the close panel option right here in the lower left hand corner this is gonna be your status bar so this is gonna give you the ability to undo and redo it's gonna give you access to help files you're also going to get information over here about so whatever your active tool is so like right now I have the Select tool active and so it's telling me that with your current tool active you select objects and then it gives you information about multiple or about all the different things you can do with those tools so like if I was to tap the L key to go into the line tool you can see how this gives me instructions on how to draw a line using the line tool so if you're using a tool inside of Sketchup and you get stuck and you don't know how to use it you may want to take a look at the status bar right here because that don't give you some instruction on what to do with it and then finally on the lower right hand side of your page you have your measurements box and so that's gonna have information about the different dimensions and things associated with the tools that you have active so for example if I was to come in here and draw a line you can see how as I move my mouse the value in that box is changing depending on where my mouse is so this is gonna give you information about the length of things inside of your model so in addition you can also type values into this box and you don't need to click in the box in order to do this just whenever you have a tool active and like for example if I set my first point with the line tool you can just type in a length so let's say I wanted this to be 5 feet long you can see how I can type in a value of 5 feet and that's going to show up in my measurements box so if I hit the enter key you can see how that draws a line that's 5 feet long so that's gonna give you information about the active tool and the measurements of whatever you're doing and so before we get started drawing let's talk just a bit about navigating around inside of your workspace and your workspace is going to be the area where you're actually going to do your work inside of Sketchup and so you can see how inside of this space this is a 3d space that you can navigate around there's really two ways to do that the first is just to come over here and click on either these first person tools or the orbit tool right here and you can see how there's multiple tools in here for adjusting your view and flying around if your camera in order to get to wherever you want to go inside of the 3d model for example the first tool and the tool you're probably going to use the most is called the orbit tool and so you can access that by clicking this button right here and clicking on the orbit tool you can see how when you do that you can then click and drag your left mouse button in order to fly around in orbit around and so you can also pan by clicking a little hand that's gonna allow you to drag your view left or right you can also zoom in by clicking on the zoom button and then clicking and dragging and moving your mouse up and down and then there's a couple other tools in here as well this zoom window is gonna allow you to drag a box around whatever you want to zoom in on and then zoom extents is going to zoom your camera model out so that everything inside of your model is going to be inside of your camera view so you can use this toolbar right here to navigate around I actually do not recommend this because there's a better way to do that and the better way to do that is if you have a three button Mouse with a scroll wheel which is going to be really important if you're going to be using Sketchup a lot you're really gonna want to have that three but mouse what you can do instead is you can click and hold your Center mouse button in order to orbit and so what I'm doing is I'm clicking and holding that scroll wheel down so I'm clicking it like a button not rolling it and holding that so that allows me to orbit and the
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