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Google SketchUp Cookbook--New from O'Reilly: Learn How to Create Stunning Models and Presentations in 3D

April 9, 2009

Google SketchUp Cookbook Sebastopol, CABonnie Roskes, a veteran bridge designer and structural engineer, is on a mission. She wants all of us to learn how to think, visualize, and create in 3D.

And in her highly anticipated new, full color book from O'Reilly Media, Google SketchUp Cookbook ($49.99), Bonnie gives architects, engineers, interior designers, product designers, woodworkers, design pros, do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, artists, and students many exciting new reasons to use SketchUp when designing their next projects.

"My book shows you features of SketchUp you should use (but haven't yet), or always wanted to try, or didn't know existed," explains Bonnie, structural engineer-turned-writer and founder of 3DVinci, a highly acclaimed resource for educational materials about designing and creating models in 3D.

Roskes' full color Cookbook is geared specifically toward intermediate and advanced SketchUp users, folks who already can create basic models and want to learn advanced features of SketchUp's modeling tools. Readers will learn professional techniques about components, digital images, styles, sections, presentations, and animations. Google Earth and 3D Warehouse tools are fully covered, and the book also presents a nice overview of SketchUp 7's new feature: dynamic components.

Bonnie says, "It's not difficult to get started in SketchUp and quickly create some great-looking models. But until now, there hasn't been much instructional material available on SketchUp's more advanced tools and techniques. My Cookbook demonstrates a wealth of methods to improve your modeling skills, and will show you interesting and eye-catching ways to present your models to the rest of the world. Even veteran SketchUp users will learn some new tricks." Roskes drew on her years of experience in bridge design and using engineering software to develop her unique hands-on on approach to learning software techniques.

The result is an appealing, clearly illustrated resource that comes stocked with more than 80 step-by-step tutorials for solving common (and not so common) design problems. Detailed color graphics will guide your way, and you'll find discussions on multiple ways to solve problems, as well as suggestions for other ways you can use the presented techniques.

The Google SketchUp Cookbook will teach you how to:

  • Use SketchUp more efficiently by taking advantage of components and groups
  • Learn new techniques for using Follow Me, Intersect, and constraints
  • Go beyond simple textures with tools such as Fixed and Free Pins and Photo Match
  • Create animations and walkthroughs, and explore design scenarios by using layers and scenes
  • Learn how to use styles to customize your presentations
  • Get the most out of the 3D Warehouse and Google Earth

The Google SketchUp Cookbook is for design pros, hobbyists, and students who want to work more efficiently and achieve true mastery of this amazing tool.

Advance Praise
"With this book, Bonnie Roskes (one of our oldest and most expert 'Friends of SketchUp') has distilled her years of modeling experience into a collection of step-by-step exercises that can turn a good SketchUp modeler into a GREAT one!"
--John Bacus, Product Manager, Google SketchUp

For a review copy or more information please email peyton@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Bonnie Roskes is the founder of 3DVinci, a company that provides 3D design training for all ages and stages. Her books for design pros on SketchUp, Piranesi, and OneCNC have attracted a loyal following, and her SketchUp project books for kids K-12 are making 3D modeling and geometry accessible and fun for teachers, parents, and kids. Bonnie's practical, hands-on focus is based in her education in structural engineering and years of experience in bridge design.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596155117

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Google SketchUp Cookbook
Bonnie Roskes
ISBN: 9780596155117, 384 pages, Book Price: $49.99 USD, £38.50 GBP
PDF Price: $39.99 USD


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