Dates and booking
Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres
Reading training centre
SketchUp training course for beginners teaching core skills for designing in 3D.
SketchUp is a 3D modelling application used in a wide range of industries including architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design.
Our Introduction to Sketchup course teaches the fundamentals of 3D design in SketchUp. You learn how to:
- Create 3D models.
- Incorporate textures, scenes and styles.
- Produce visualisations of your designs.
- Use SketchUp’s key tools and commands.
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.
Upcoming course dates
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. View training course payment options.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
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.
SketchUp courses are hosted by Rod Cleasby.
Rod has over 20 years’ experience working in architecture, interior design and the production of rendered images and animations.
He has used SketchUp in his professional work since its inception in 2000, offering training in the application for a similar length of time. He is also an expert in many related tools and technologies, including 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and a wide range of associated renderers such as V-Ray, Arnold, ART and LightUp. Rod is a long-established Autodesk-Certified Instructor.
Away from architecture, interior design and visualisations, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician.
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
Discounts and bundles
To make your Sketchup training as affordable as possible, we offer:
- A range of training discounts on our scheduled (public) Sketchup training courses.
- A price guarantee that you won’t get introductory-level 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.
We offer a 10% discount on scheduled Sketchup course places to:
- Students, teachers and lecturers.
- People who work for a registered charity.
- ISTC members.
- Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.
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. If you qualify for more than one of the above discounts, choose the one that saves you the most.
The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a 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.
- Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
- 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 model 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 model when you render using V-Ray:
And using LightUp:
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