Here are some tips to get you started with drawing in Sketchup
STEP 1: Choose the RIGHT Template
  • WINDOW - PREFERENCES
  • Select TEMPLATE
    • Slide down to the 2nd from the bottom of the list:
      Beginning Training Inches
STEP 2: SET UP YOUR TOOLS
  • Use the LARGE TOOL SET
    • Use VIEW | TOOLBARS | Large Tool Set


  • VIEW from the TOP
    • Enable VIEW | TOOLBARS | VIEWS
    • You should be looking at the TOP view

  • Turn OFF Camera Perspective
    • Use CAMERA | unclick "Perspective"
Sketchup_Toolbar_LargeSet.png

Sketchup_Toolbar_Views.png
STEP 3: ALWAYS DRAW NEAR THE "ORIGIN"
  • Draw just to the top left of where the axes meet
  • Try drawing what the object should look like from the top - use the proper DIMENSIONS
    • Don't be afraid to undo and try again if things are out of scale