The level of work in some people’s Gallery posts on this forum has intimidated me a bit from posting any of my own examples, but I since I’m working on some portfolio materials these days, might as well get some coments.
Match Photo has got to be my favorite tool in SU. Here’s a recent one that could be considered a neat SketchUp “success story.”
I did a SU model for a long time friend and colleague who uses the same 2D software I do (PowerCADD). He doesn’t do SU, so I provided those services on his project. He measured and drew the existing apartment, designed the renovations, etc., and, without setting foot in the place until completion, I just did SU modeling working off his 2D work.
There was an existing classical moulding that needed to be modeled for the existing condition model and then replicated for the renovations.
All I had were his 2D plans etc, and an iPhone photo of the moulding that he took. It was just about the right angle to look straight on at a mitered corner.
What I did was:
• Model the blank wall, and use Match Photo to line up his picture.
• Create a rectangle working surface hanging off the corner corresponding to the 45° miter.
• Trace off the profile of the mitered trim on that rectangle.
• Delete the unused parts of the rectangle to leave just the trim profile.
• Rotate the profile 45° so it was square to the wall.
• Scale it in the perpendicular direction by 1/sqrt(2) to compensate for the elongation of the miter.
• Use that profile with Follow Me to make all the existing and new molding.
No, I didn’t bother modeling all the dentils, even though Profile Builder 2 probably could do that. That would have added too much excess geometry, and this representation seemed good enough.
I was pretty pleased with the results.
A couple section perspectives in B&W went into the final drawing set. One shows the use of fog to keep the background stuff in the model from competing with the foreground.
Now that the project is completed, I’ve put on my other hat and gone in as photographer to do finish photography. I’m messing around with both the model and the photos to do some more interesting portfolio work.