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SketchUp training course for beginners teaching core skills for designing in 3D.
SketchUp is a 3D design application used in a wide range of industries including interior design and architecture.
Our Introduction to SketchUp course teaches the fundamentals of 3D design in SketchUp. You learn how to:
- Create 3D designs.
- Incorporate textures, scenes and styles.
- Produce visualisations of your designs.
- Use SketchUp’s key tools and commands.
SketchUp courses are hosted by Rod Cleasby, a highly experienced instructor who uses SketchUp extensively in his professional work.
This course can be attended remotely, from your place of work or home. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Remote training for further details.
Upcoming course dates
Who should attend?
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to begin designing and producing visualisations using SketchUp running on a Windows computer or a Mac.
How will I learn?
SketchUp training is hands-on and practical.
Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running SketchUp.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
SketchUp training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A highly-practical training guide for SketchUp, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of SketchUp training. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following SketchUp training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their SketchUp trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
No prior SketchUp knowledge is necessary.
Training is based primarily on SketchUp 2019, running on Windows. It is relevant to all recent versions of SketchUp.
Our guarantees to you
We want our delegates to go away satisfied.
Our price guarantee is your assurance that you’re getting the best value for money.
Our training guarantee ensures that you learn the concepts and skills you need.
On-request SketchUp training also available
As well as our scheduled courses, SketchUp Essentials training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group, hosted at one of our centres, or your venue.
On-request training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in SketchUp. Please contact us for a quote.
Payment for Sketchup training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and transfers
If a booking on a scheduled Introduction to SketchUp course is cancelled giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If a delegate requests a transfer to a different scheduled Introduction to SketchUp course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a transfer fee is payable. View transfer terms.
Terms and conditions
Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.
Introduction to SketchUp training courses are hosted by:
Rod has over 25 years’ experience working as a designer, visualisation expert and artist. His specialist areas include architecture, interior design and the production of photorealistic 3d virtual environments.
AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp have been the mainstay of Rod’s professional work for 20 years. He is also an expert in various related tools and technologies, including Photoshop, and he has expert knowledge of a wide range of renderers, including V-Ray, ART, Arnold and LightUp.
Rod has extensive experience training experience. He has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster on their Computer Visualisation course, and he is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor.
Away from his professional work, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician, and a prolific writer of novels, novella, poetry and prose.
Stewart began his working life as a junior draughtsman, and progressed through to Design Director leading a studio of designers working on both 2D and 3D projects.
He then worked for himself for over 25 years, completing around 100 design projects per year for a myriad of clients, including household names such as Vauxhall and McDonalds.
More recently, Stewart’s focus has been on training. He has been an Autodesk Certified Instructor since 2010, hosting courses in AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, AutoCAD Plant 3D and SketchUp.
In between courses, Stewart uses these applications professionally when carrying out project work for clients. Using the applications regularly helps him to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He also specialises in the production of photorealistic rendered images and visualisations using renderers including V-Ray.
Outside of work, Stewart enjoys music (he runs the sound desk for a number of local bands), reading and playing with any new piece of technology he can lay his hands on!
What is SketchUp?
How to get around inside SketchUp
Zoom, pan and rotate
Understanding the XYZ axis
Drawing and using the pencil tool
Drawing basic geometric shapes
Drawing with measurements
Drawing circles and arcs
Sticky Geometry benefits
Measuring items inside SketchUp
Information and database
Moving and move / copy
Simple Array techniques
Rotate / copy
Scale fractional and relative
Comparisons and benefits
Creating a digital warehouse
Using Push Pull
Using Follow Me
Copy and Offset Faces, edges and polygons
How to use polygons in 2D drawings
Textures and bitmaps
Getting to understand the Materials Editor
What makes a good texture?
Where to find textures
Limits to graphics and bitmaps
Create new scenes
Create new styles
Saving scenes and styles
Introduction to animation
Dimensions inside SketchUp
Annotation inside SketchUp
Printing from SketchUp
Exporting 2D images or PDF
Remote training lets you join a live Sketchup course from your place of work or home. You can:
- See and hear our trainer and other delegates participating in the Sketchup training.
- Allow our trainer and the other delegates to see and hear you (if you have a webcam, and you’re agreeable).
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer to show them what you’re seeing.
Your experience will be as close as possible to actually being in the classroom…
- The training will follow the same syllabus as our classroom-based Introduction to SketchUp courses, presented by the same expert instructors.
- We’ll post you a Introduction to SketchUp training guide, and send you all the information you need to participate in the training. We’ll even post you a headset and microphone if you need one.
- You’ll receive the same e-certificate confirming successful completion as classroom-based delegates. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
- You’ll carry out exercises in Sketchup, assisted by our trainer. If you haven’t got Sketchup installed on your computer, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
- You’ll be entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend our remote training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time. This training shouldn’t be confused with libraries of pre-prepared e-learning content, that provides an inferior training experience.
For a limited time, we’re offering 30% discount off the usual Introduction to SketchUp course price for remote training.
To make your Sketchup training as affordable as possible, we offer:
- A range of training discounts on our scheduled Sketchup training courses.
- A price guarantee that you won’t get Sketchup training for less.
If you book multiple course places, we can offer you:
- 10% discount if you book two places.
- 15% discount if you book three or four places.
- 20% discount if you book five or more places.
This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.
These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.
We offer a 10% discount on scheduled Sketchup course places to:
- Students, teachers and lecturers.
- People who work for a registered charity.
- ISTC members.
These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.
Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.
Terms and exclusions
Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.
The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group).
When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.
To qualify for the price match:
- The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
- Cover the same subject.
- Be the same duration or longer.
- For classroom-based courses, be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
- For remote training, be a live course, i.e. not pre-prepared e-learning content.
- The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.
To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.
SketchUp has a built in OpenGL renderer which lets you see your design in 3D, with shadows and illumination from the sun. The following sample shows the image quality you can achieve using SketchUp ‘out of the box’:
If you require high-quality, photorealistic images, with features such as reflective properties and higher quality materials, you need to use a third party renderer. Two popular options are V-Ray and LightUp. These are provided as SketchUp plug-ins, so you still render directly from within SketchUp – there’s no need to open a separate application.
Here’s a sample showing the image quality you can achieve for the above design when you render using V-Ray:
And using LightUp:
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