Humbly, I have two questions.
I’m coming to SketchUp endeavoring to better my drawing and painting skills. I want to use the program to aide with perspective when composing pictures or shots. I love being able to move around a space to find a frame. For this, I also appreciate the camera tools. I’d like SketchUp to help me with lighting as well, or at least shadows and how they fall on forms. The idea is then to take these basic constructions from SketchUp as 2D images and work on them in a painting program.
For example, I would like to build a highway interchange, with ramps and curved roadways. I first searched the older Google groups before finding the forums here, and it appears this objective came up a few times over the years. The most recent I found was from 2010. Help from the community usually involved recommending multiple plug-ins along with (what seemed to me like) tedious work. I was/am intimidated, and so before digging into those old instructions, figured I’d see if things have changed at all toward that kind of thing being any easier or more novice-friendly.
Have there been additions to the software or plug-ins since then that facilitate in this? I used SketchUp 8 for a while a few years ago. I’ve just downloaded the 2015 Pro trial.
I love SketchUp, and look forward to learning more of the program. But my skill level is rudimentary. And so my other question is, before I leave the trial version and somehow cobble together enough to buy the real deal (I think I need Pro because of the camera tools), does anyone think I’d be better off using something else for the purposes described. Thanks for your time and mind.