All posts filed under: SketchUp Pro

Opacity Setting Helps Communicate Construction Method

I like Fine Woodworking magazine. When other woodworking magazines are struggling to survive, FWW seems to just keep getting better. The most recent issue is full of illustrations; very well executed illustrations. I often pay attention to how their various graphic illustrators use color to communicate construction methods. Or, better said; how they use the lack of color. Being able to see through a component can better explain a construction step. I am not exactly sure how they do it at Fine Woodworking, but here at JBWW, I only have SketchUp to accomplish this. I do have software products like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, but I am not schooled on the use of these programs. One feature I have been exploring is the paint bucket opacity setting. Making a part more transparent actually removes or tones down the color. You might think that using the x-ray view of a model would be easier, but x-ray removes most of the color from all the components in a model. I want better control and I get …

Book Review: SketchUp to LayOut by Matt Donley

A lot of woodworkers use SketchUp, but I consider myself to be in a small group of woodworkers which view SketchUp as an illustration tool. SketchUp is the main drawing program I use to illustrate woodworking plans. I hope one day to be able to make truly magazine quality woodworking plans. The only thing holding me back is time and experience with the right software. I have often wondered if SketchUp Pro is software that can help me reach my goal. There is one aspect of SketchUp Pro which makes me curious: LayOut. It’s a software package which comes bundled with SketchUp Pro. LayOut is a tool that takes SketchUp images and inserts them into a template leading to high quality documentation (examples here). This is where LayOut might improve the quality of my woodworking plans. But SketchUp Pro currently sells for $495; probably a good value, but I just don’t know a lot about it and I have seen at least one negative comment on it. I came real close to buying SketchUp Pro …