SketchUp Webinar Series



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Session 1 (Getting Started) September 2, 2-5pm ET
Session 2 (Presentation Tips and LayOut) September 9, 2-5pm ET
Session 3 (From Context) September 16, 2-5pm ET
Session 4 (Extensions and Photorealism) September 23, 2-5pm ET

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This webinar series is a live online training. I will share my screen while attendees following along side/side.

Webinar Tips:

  • Download the Zoom app.
  • Use headphones. The audio quality is much better for everyone else.
  • Use a second screen/display. You can sign into mulitple times. Many users have success streaming my screen onto a tablet or second monitor to keep your primary display available to model in SketchUp. This prevents having to switch back and forth from the screenshare.
  • Stuck? You can share your screen and I can also request mouse control to assist.
  • Recording Afterwards. Should you need to leave the session early, I will provide a screen recording link to the session.


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Session 1 starts with the basics and builds up to Session 4 where you’ll learn how to create presentations and photorealistic renderings. The webinar setting allows you to follow along with the presentation on screen. A recorded stream of the session will be available in the event you need to go back and freshen up on a technique for one month. Working files are also included. Individual sessions are available as well.

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Session 1: Learn the Basics (Beginner)

This beginner class shows you the basics and creates a strong foundation to build upon. Learn the essentials of navigating SketchUp and the terminology of the program.

      • Introduction: Welcome Screen, Templates, Toolbars
      • Drawing in 2D: Line, Rectangle, Circle, Polygon, Arc, Freehand
      • Lines & Inferencing
      • Massing a Model: Learn how to inferencing works in 3D as well as use the Follow-me tool to create complex roof pitches.
      • Measuring & Precision: Learn the essentials of drawing in your default units, using the Offset and Push/pull tools.
      • Guide me: Learn how to use guides to create window and door openings quickly.
      • Groups and Section: Learn why we create groups in the model and how to select objects and geometry.
      • Move, Rotate, Copy: Simple exercises that showcase these powerful tools.

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Session 2 (Intermediate)

This session expands on the skills from Session 1 and shows you how to apply them in techniques and exercises. Working files are included that help show how you can use the program in creating drawings and presentations.

      • Styles & Scenes: Learn how to create views and use styles within your model.
      • Navigating around: Learn the ins and outs of orbit, perspectives, pan, etc.
      • Creating Groups & Components: Learn when to create components instead of groups.
      • Modeling Workflow: Learn how to approach modeling more complex spaces.
      • Section Cuts and 2D Views: Learn how to make orthographic views and section cuts and export them.
      • A Taste of LayOut: Learn the basics of creating a presentation with SketchUp’s paper-space program: LayOut. (This is a feature with SketchUp Pro)


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Session 3 (2D-3D Workflow)

This lesson provides the ideal workflow for using SketchUp when importing existing 2D line drawings. Import a 2D CAD file and learn tips and tricks for organizing line-work, creating reference groups, aligning elevations, and constructing 3D models quickly. Also, we’ll show you how to save time with some clever plugins for this workflow. Prior CAD skills is not required for this session.

      • Prep in 2D: Save time in SketchUp by only importing what you need.
      • Importing .dwg Files: Learn what imports, how its placed and how to make this work to your benefit.
      • Layers in SketchUp: Understand how SketchUp controls visibility and geometry.
      • Organizing the 2D Model: Learn who to group line work, create layers, and align / rotate 2D elevations in a typical workflow.
      • Exterior Modeling: Learn the essential tools and workflow for creating shell/exterior models.
      • Interior Modeling: Learn techniques for creating openings, adding walls, and placing components. Learn advanced camera tools to better see inside the model.
      • Plugins: Learn how to install plugins and use them to save time in creating typically architectural elements like windows, staircases, louvers, and doorways.
      • Exporting: Learn how to export views as images, cad files, and how to send to LayOut to create a presentation.


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Session 4 (Extensions)

This lesson gives you the tricks and techniques to use extensions inside of SketchUp. Learn how to quickly make design edits using some powerful free extensions. Resources will be available to paid-for extensions that will be demoed and introduced. We’ll finish with Photorealism and a Q/A.

      • Extensions
      • Photorealism
      • Q/A



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Dan’s videos are so in-depth and even for the noobs like myself, I was able to learn the basics of Sketchup and now able to sketch basic projects. I highly recommend his tutorials when starting out.

I love the SketchUp Trainer course. Besides going through them in full, I love diving back in when I’m in need of a refresher on something I don’t use all the time. Well split between pc and Mac although I prefer PC 😀

I took Dan’s course in 2019. It was a great course. Dan explains the material properly and also is patient with those who do not pick up the material quickly. I was having a hard time with some of the concepts and by the end pretty much all my questions were answered and I felt ready to use the program.

I took Dan’s Sketchup workshop in person in January 2020. He is an excellent teacher and able to explain things really well. I learned so much during that 2-day course and immediately was able to use Sketchup for my design work. I’ve continued learning with his online tutorials to refresh my memory about parts of the program I wanted to become more efficient in. He breaks it down into easy-to-grasp sections. I highly recommend his courses!

I had a great SU learning experience with Dan. He is mastering SketchUp and layout hands on! And as a designer and architect this is not that easy to find. I need more! Thanks for all your help. And congrats for your new little guy.

I attended a SketchUp training course in 2019. Dan is a great teacher. Very interesting to listen to and full of tips and tricks for skill building in the software. The class was able to appeal to all skill levels present.

When I began learning architecture and design I did what most people are told to do, I learned AutoCAD Architecture, a powerful but often overwhelming software. For a number of years I continued to use it but always thought it to be cumbersome and a steep learning curve. Over the years many friends and colleagues switched over to SketchUp and would tell me how much quicker and intuitive it was to use. I finally put my fears away and dove in. What made it easy and fun was when, after a recommendation, I signed up for SketchUp Trainer. It is really, really fantastic! Daniel Brown does such a great job of taking you through the learning process in a way that is simple to understand and almost feels like a having personal instructor. I also really enjoy his calm demeanor on the instruction videos. I can’t recommend his courses enough! I have gotten busy lately and had to take a break but am really excited to jump back in for more. SketchUp Trainer is absolutely worth every penny!

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