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Sketchup Training Course Synopsis

SketchUp enables you to draw using a familiar pencil and paper paradigm in a software context. The Mastering 3D Using SketchUp: Basic Training course provides students with an excellent choice for beginning to learn to use SketchUp. This course is intended for students with little or no 3 dimensional drawing or SketchUp experience, but who want to start to create 3 dimensional models using SketchUp.

Sketchup Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

What You Will Learn in This Sketchup Training Course

  • Creating Basic Geometry
  • Creating Surfaces From Polygons
  • Understanding Stickiness In 3D
  • Drawing In 3D Using The Pencil Tool
  • Generating Forms Quickly
  • Creating Concentric Surfaces
  • Mirroring in SketchUp
  • Display Options And Styles
  • Mastering the Rotate Tool
  • Creating new terrains and editing existing terrains
  • Explaining solids and the proper use of solids
  • Optimizing Photo Textures
  • Organizing your collections in the 3D Warehouse
  • Using Layout to manage styles and to work with dimensions

Who Should Attend this Training Course

This course is designed for those who would like to learn to create quicker (and sometimes more accurate) 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional study models with the ease of SketchUp. This course is intended for students with little or no 3 dimensional drawing or SketchUp experience, but who want to start to create 3 dimensional models using SketchUp.

Sketchup Enrollment

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

Locations for this Sketchup Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Prerequisites for this Training Course

Knowledge of your operating system and basic computer navigation is required for all classes.

Goals for this Sketchup Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Lesson 1 - Meeting Sketchup

  • SketchUp Basics
  • Comparing SketchUp to Other 3D Modeling Programs
  • What you Should (and Shouldn’t) Expect SketchUp to Do
  • Taking the 10 minute SketchUp Tour

Lesson 2 - Establishing the Model Surfaces

  • All About Edges and Faces
  • Drawing in 3D on a 2D screen
  • Warming Up for SketchUp

Lesson 3 - Building Simple Models

  • Setting Up SketchUp
  • Making A Quick Model
  • Painting your Model
  • Giving Your Model Some Style
  • Adding Shadows
  • Sharing Your Model

Lesson 4 - Modeling Buildings

  • Drawing Floors and Walls
  • Creating Stairs
  • Creating a Roof

Lesson 5 - Keeping Your Model’s Appearance

  • Grouping Things Together
  • Working with Components
  • Discovering Dynamic Components
  • Taking Advantage of Components to Build Better Models

Lesson 6 - Creating Everyday Objects

  • Extruding Shapes with Follow Me
  • Modeling with the Scale Tool
  • Making and Modifying Terrain
  • Building a Solid Tools Foundation

Lesson 7 - Keeping Your Model Organized

  • Taking Stock of Your Organization Options
  • Using the Outliner
  • Putting It All Together

Lesson 8 - Modeling with Photographs

  • Painting Faces with Photos
  • Modeling Directly from a Photo
  • Modeling On Top of Photo Textures

Lesson 9 - Changing Your Model’s Apperance

  • Changing Your Model’s Appearance with Styles
  • Creating a New Style
  • Working with Shadows

Lesson 10 - Presenting Your Model Inside SketchUp

  • Exploring Your Creation On Foot
  • Taking the Scenic Route
  • Mastering the Sectional Approach

Lesson 11 - Working with Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse

  • Getting the Big (3D) Picture
  • Sending Your Models to Google Earth
  • Using the 3D Warehouse

Lesson 12 - Printing Your Work

  • Printing from a Windows Computer
  • Printing from a Mac
  • Printing to a Particular Scale

Lesson 13 - Exporting Images and Animations

  • Exporting 2D Images of your Model
  • Making Movies with Animation Export

Lesson 14 - Exporting to CAD, Illustration, and Other Modeling Software

  • Exporting Drawings in 2D
  • Exporting 3D Data for Other Software

Lesson 15 - Creating Presentation Documents with Layout

  • Getting Your Bearings
  • Building a Quick Layout Document
  • Life After Layout
  • Staying Organized with Layers and Pages
  • Working with Inserted Model Views
  • Discovering More about Dimensions
  • Drawing with Layout’s Vector Tools
  • Customizing Layout with Templates and Scrapbooks

Lesson 16 - Troubleshooting and Using Additional Resources

  • Ten SketchUp Traps and Their Solutions
  • Ten Plugins, Extensions, and Resources Worth Getting
  • Ten Ways to Discover Even More


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

Upcoming Classes


Mon. Jul 30, 2018

Thu. Sep 27, 2018

Mon. Nov 26, 2018

Thu. Jan 24, 2019

Thu. Mar 28, 2019

Thu. May 23, 2019