As a complete SketchUp newbie can someone describe the process by which one creates such accurate models of real world objects (as appear in 3D Warehouse)?
I do NOT mean the list of SketchUp commands.
Rather, I’m wondering, more generally, about the approach/technique of how modelers create such accurate reproductions.
For instance, do they take a gazillion measurements from the real object itself (tricky when one may not have it to hand) and then craft every last surface etc in SketchUp? Alternatively, is it possible to import a graphic image of the object into SketchUp and have it auto-recognize edges and surfaces as a starting point, that can then be further refined?
I’m operating under the assumption that there are some simplifying technique(s) for decomposing the work into something tractable.
Perhaps it is as laborious as taking hundreds if not thousands of measurements, I don’t know. However, the level of work for something even relatively simple seems extraordinary. Regardless, I would like to hear from modelers of real objects what’s their typical plan of attack.