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SketchUp Certification Course: Master 3D Modeling for Architecture and Design

Explicit Modeling

Get certified in SketchUp with our comprehensive course. Learn to create stunning 3D models for architecture, interior design, and more.

Brandon Gibbs

Brandon Gibbs

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ThinkParametric Certification

Sketchup Certificate of Completion

This Certification Course will cover the software Sketchup by Trimble, Inc. Sketching is the quickest way to visualize complex 2D and 3D ideas, and that's the basis of the 3D Modeling Software called Sketchup.

Sketchup is one of the most intuitive 3D surface modelers and has a friendly CAD Interface to help you create, develop and manage 3D projects. To become proficient in using the software, it's important to have a solid introduction, fundamentals for how it works, and some fundamentals of 3D Modeling in general, especially with regard to application in real world projects.

Whether you are a complete beginner or someone with a bit of experience; we cover everything from the very basics up to proficient use. The course has 8 Modules comprising all the subjects you must learn to understand how Sketchup works and how to design and document your Sketchup projects.


Bring your ideas to life with Sketchup.

Sketchup is one of the most intuitive and efficient ways for designing, documenting, and communicate your ideas in 3D. It offers a whole set of tools that will serve you from a schematic phase to construction documentation.


Create your ideas with ease

Sketchup’s motto is “3D For Everyone” and this is not an understatement. Sketchup is easy to learn and grasp due to its simplicity and intuitive methods of form creation. In the first three modules everything Sketchup has to offer in terms of form creation will be covered in detail and you’ll see for yourself how fast you model your own project.


Visualize your projects

Sketchup has powerful in-house features to create everything from more raw sketchy images to photo-realistic renders to explanatory animations. Everything that has to do with visualization will be covered like material creation and texturing, environment creation, sunlight and shadows and much more. Besides Sketchup’s native tools, we’ll also introduce powerful rendering plugins, like Vray and Lumion, available for Sketchup.


Document your work using LayOut

LayOut is the tool for creating documentation from your SketchUp model. After you’ve modeled your project in SketchUp you can send it to LayOut. In LayOut you add dimensions, labels, other text, or photos. You then can export a PDF to send to a client or use it in a presentation. The cool thing about LayOut is that it works seemingly with Sketchup, there’s a dynamic link maintained from your model to the LayOut document so if you edit your model, those changes are reflected in LayOut.

Collaborate with others

We’ll start by introducing Sketchup’s native collaboration tools and the various ways to communicate your model with your team and your clients. We’ll also go over some of the best practices architecture offices use to collaborate with others. Various platforms are discussed to share your work efficiently and effectively with your team.

Fundamentals of Sketchup

  • 1.- Introduction to Sketchup

    01min 25seg
  • 2.- The abilities of Sketchup

    02min 52seg
  • 3.- Designing in Sketchup

    02min 33seg
  • 4.- Downloading and installing Sketchup

    02min 40seg
  • 5.- Different versions of Sketchup

    03min 03seg
  • 6.- Basic principles

    06min 55seg
  • 7.- Forms in Sketchup

    08min 45seg
  • 8.- The interface - viewports

    16min 05seg
  • 9.- The interface - menu

    10min 16seg
  • 10.- The interface - tray icons

    18min 25seg
  • 11.- Creating and transforming shapes

    18min 07seg
  • 12.- Final items on the tray menu

    04min 28seg
  • 13.- Management toolbars

    11min 17seg
  • 14.- Modeling a demo house - part 1

    18min 46seg
  • 15.- Modeling a demo house - part 2

    14min 55seg
  • 16.- Modeling a demo house - part 3

    10min 16seg
  • 17.- Covering the remaining toolbars

    05min 45seg
  • 18.- Sketchup's 3D warehouse

    02min 20seg

Intermediate modeling in Sketchup

  • 1.- Introduction

    02min 01seg
  • 2.- Principles of intermediate modeling

    02min 31seg
  • 3.- Importing the Farnsworth House floorplan

    03min 35seg
  • 4.- Modeling the floors and structure

    25min 25seg
  • 5.- Adding the final details

    21min 07seg
  • 6.- Important fundamentals to remember

    04min 09seg
  • 7.- Solid geometry operations

    08min 21seg
  • 8.- Using the Follow Me tool

    19min 20seg
  • 9.- Conclusion

    01min 45seg

Advanced modeling in Sketchup

  • 1.- Introduction

    01min 56seg
  • 2.- Principles of visualization

    03min 21seg
  • 3.- Applying materials to your model

    22min 39seg
  • 4.- Importing custom components - windows

    04min 43seg
  • 5.- Importing custom components - doors

    08min 08seg
  • 6.- Sun, shadows and styles

    18min 35seg
  • 7.- Exporting visuals and texture correction

    14min 04seg
  • 8.- Creating annotations

    14min 26seg
  • 9.- Section cuts explained

    05min 38seg
  • 10.- Geolocation tool

    05min 15seg
  • 11.- Photo match tool - part 1

    21min 41seg
  • 12.- Photo match tool - part 2

    08min 08seg
  • 13.- Conclusion and usefull resources

    03min 26seg

Digital rendering

  • 1.- Introduction

    00min 53seg
  • 2.- Module requirements

    01min 56seg
  • 3.- Visualization principles

    12min 16seg
  • 4.- Choosing a rendering software

    07min 59seg
  • 5.- Photoshop layer techniques

    09min 47seg
  • 6.- Photoshop assembling

    21min 48seg
  • 7.- Sketching techniques

    15min 42seg
  • 8.- Vray for Sketchup

    20min 13seg
  • 9.- Lumion for Sketchup

    06min 56seg
  • 10.- Interior render setup

    13min 10seg
  • 11.- Lighting setup

    10min 31seg
  • 12.- Applying materials

    14min 51seg
  • 13.- Exterior render setup

    22min 14seg
  • 14.- Animations in Sketchup

    15min 55seg
  • 15.- Conclusion

    05min 15seg

Building Information Modeling

  • 1.- Introduction

    01min 50seg
  • 2.- BIM principles

    07min 30seg
  • 3.- Design process - concepts

    01min 34seg
  • 4.- Schematic Design process

    15min 50seg
  • 5.- Design Development process

    35min 39seg
  • 6.- Construction Documents process

    03min 37seg
  • 7.- Building management design

    02min 34seg
  • 8.- BIM in Sketchup introduction

    01min 25seg
  • 9.- Drawing BIM walls

    06min 05seg
  • 10.- Drawing BIM doors and windows

    06min 44seg
  • 11.- Drawing BIM floors

    09min 14seg
  • 12.- Drawing BIM roofs

    04min 37seg
  • 13.- Creating a BIM drawing set

    03min 06seg
  • 14.- Drawing BIM structure

    06min 01seg
  • 15.- Creating the second floor and stairs

    08min 28seg
  • 16.- BIM takeoff pricing

    02min 33seg
  • 17.- BIM conclusion

    01min 23seg
  • 18.- File system

    03min 42seg
  • 19.- Conclusion and resources

    05min 52seg

Digital fabrication

  • 1.- Introduction

    02min 15seg
  • 2.- Principles of digital fabrication

    07min 29seg
  • 3.- Concepts of digital fabrication

    13min 33seg
  • 4.- Buildability

    05min 35seg
  • 5.- 3D printing our model

    09min 59seg
  • 6.- Different connection joints explained

    03min 37seg
  • 7.- Converting models for 3D printing

    13min 48seg
  • 8.- Designing custom supports for 3D printing

    07min 12seg
  • 9.- Preparing our model for 3D printing

    12min 56seg
  • 10.- Conclusion

    04min 12seg

Automation and parametric design

  • 1.- Introduction

    02min 06seg
  • 2.- Principles of parametric design

    07min 26seg
  • 3.- What is parametric design

    10min 57seg
  • 4.- Sine wave explained

    04min 24seg
  • 5.- Dynamic components - part 1

    15min 20seg
  • 6.- Dynamic components - part 2

    14min 15seg
  • 7.- Dynamic components - part 3

    06min 48seg
  • 8.- Ruby scripting in Sketchup - part 1

    09min 54seg
  • 9.- Ruby scripting in Sketchup - part 2

    26min 48seg
  • 10.- Conclusion

    05min 03seg


  • 1.- Introduction

    02min 18seg
  • 2.- Principles of creating construction documents

    08min 12seg
  • 3.- Think like a builder

    10min 14seg
  • 4.- Modeling a construction detail section

    29min 49seg
  • 5.- Graphic standards

    07min 42seg
  • 6.- Custom scrapbooks

    13min 37seg
  • 7.- Collaboration tools - part 1

    18min 07seg
  • 8.- Collaboration tools - part 2

    01min 28seg
  • 9.- Collaboration tools - part 3

    02min 47seg
  • 10.- Collaboration tools - part 4

    02min 27seg
  • 11.- Exporting from Layout to CAD

    02min 07seg
  • 12.- Exporting to PDF

    07min 00seg
  • 13.- Conclusion

    07min 00seg