We’ve been teasing our blog readers for a couple weeks now about our new online “Shop Class on Demand” for SketchUp and I’m happy to announce that it it now up and running in our store. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to use SketchUp, or tried it but gave up in frustration, this is an exciting new way to master this design and planning software.
Part One is now available for immediate download to your computer. Part Two, advanced techniques is on its way, as is a CD version of Part One. Head over to the store, click on the link that says “SHOP CLASS SERIES” and get started. Here’s how it works, and what you can expect:
Each part of this series is close to two hours of video instruction. I recorded from my computer screen as I worked through modeling in SketchUp. This is much like one on one teaching as possible. You can begin watching the video on your computer, then try these techniques for yourself in SketchUp. The pace of the class is up to you-pause the playback, try things out, practice what you need to and then move ahead when you’re ready.
The lessons start with basic drawing commands, navigating in the program and setting up the software on your computer. By the end of the video, you’ll be making components and learning how to make accurate, detailed models of your projects. You’ll find it takes less time to plan a project in SketchUp than with any other method, and you’ll have accurate information about what to build and how to build it when you head to the shop.
Here are a few technical details before you give it a try. The videos are in QuickTime format, so you need to have the QuickTime player installed on your computer. QuickTime is a free download, and a link and instructions can be found in the store. You’ll also need to download and install the SketchUp program from Google. SketchUp is also free, and you can find those links in the store as well.
When you’ve made your purchase, download the video to your computer, and you will have it available whenever you want to watch it. The quality and resolution of these videos is very good, so the files to be downloaded are rather large. We’ve split the lesson up into several files to keep the download time reasonable if you have a high-speed internet connection. If you’re on dial-up, you may want to wait for the CD version. If you have any questions or problems with the purchase or your download, technical help is available.