Google’s free application SketchUp has made its mark in many different design related industries. Artists and designers have steadily adopted the application into their workflows. Combined with an application like Photoshop, Sketchup becomes a powerful tool for architects, product designers, game designers, engineers, and graphic designers.
In this project, use SketchUp and Photoshop to design your dream house. Do plenty of research. Find architects that inspire you and then go to work creating....imagining. Study the tutorials that Google has posted on their website to expand your skills in areas that might not be developed in class. Consider the ideas presented in class. SketchUp is a very user friendly and intuitive tool but you must master the fundamentals of working with the app. You will be an expert in no time provided you stick to the basic techniques of working with the application.
- Understand the basic techniques and tools of 3D design
- Develop you 3D sensibility and work in a 3D environment
- Integrate Photoshop and Sketchup to create unique effects
- Search for architects on the web to get some great ideas. Make a list of what you want in a dream house.
- Make a list of the things that you want in a dream house.
- Study the SketchUp tutorials presented in class and on the web.
- Use Photoshop brushes to apply textures and background elements to your composition. We will go over compositing and exporting out of SketchUp.
- Apply surfaces and textures within SketchUp to give your dream house a lifelike feel.
- Download landscape elements directly from the model warehouse to liven up your dream house.
- Try not to build in all the detail initially. Gradually build up to the detail. Think about the basic layout and structure first.
- Apply textures and color to make your model more realistic.
- If you are looking to do something specific in the application, Google it. Chances are someone has had the same question. Or ask your prof!
- Arc Tool (A)
- Paint Bucket Tool (B)
- Circle Tool (C)
- Eraser Tool (E)
- Offset Tool (F)
- Pan Tool (H)
- Line Tool (L)
- Move Tool (M)
- Orbit Tool (O)
- Push/Pull Tool (P)
- Rotate Tool (Q)
- Rectangle Tool (R)
- Scale Tool (S)
- Select Tool (Spacebar)
- Tape Measure Tool (T)
- Zoom Tool (Z)
- Zoom Extents Tool (Shift+Z)
- New (Ctrl+N)
- Open (Ctrl+O)
- Save (Ctrl+S)
- Cut (Ctrl+X)
- Copy (Ctrl+C)
- Paste (Ctrl+V)
- Print (Ctrl+P)
- Undo (Ctrl+Z)
- Composite in a new background in Photoshop.
- Apply brushes as necessary for effect.
- Export 3 comps out of Photoshop in JPEG format.
- Email me your comps.
Thursday of the 5th Week