SketchUp Monthly Webinar Series

Session 1 (Beginner) February 7, 2-5pm EST
Session 2 (Intermediate) February 14, 2-5pm EST
Session 3 (2D to 3D Workflow) February 21, 2-5pm EST
Session 4 (Photorealistic Renderings) February 28, 2-5pm EST



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Session 1 starts with the basics and builds up to Session 4 where you’ll learn how to create presentations and photorealistic renderings. The webinar setting allows you to follow along with the presentation on screen. A recorded stream of the session will be available in the event you need to go back and freshen up on a technique for one month. Working files are also included. Individual sessions are available as well.

Session 1

Session 1: Learn the Basics (Beginner)

This beginner class shows you the basics and creates a strong foundation to build upon. Learn the essentials of navigating SketchUp and the terminology of the program.

      • Introduction: Welcome Screen, Templates, Toolbars
      • Drawing in 2D: Line, Rectangle, Circle, Polygon, Arc, Freehand
      • Lines & Inferencing
      • Massing a Model: Learn how to inferencing works in 3D as well as use the Follow-me tool to create complex roof pitches.
      • Measuring & Precision: Learn the essentials of drawing in your default units, using the Offset and Push/pull tools.
      • Guide me: Learn how to use guides to create window and door openings quickly.
      • Groups and Section: Learn why we create groups in the model and how to select objects and geometry.
      • Move, Rotate, Copy: Simple exercises that showcase these powerful tools.
Session 2

Session 2 (Intermediate)

This session expands on the skills from Session 1 and shows you how to apply them in techniques and exercises. Working files are included that help show how you can use the program in creating drawings and presentations.

      • Styles & Scenes: Learn how to create views and use styles within your model.
      • Navigating around: Learn the ins and outs of orbit, perspectives, pan, etc.
      • Creating Groups & Components: Learn when to create components instead of groups.
      • Modeling Workflow: Learn how to approach modeling more complex spaces.
      • Section Cuts and 2D Views: Learn how to make orthographic views and section cuts and export them.
      • A Taste of LayOut: Learn the basics of creating a presentation with SketchUp’s paper-space program: LayOut. (This is a feature with SketchUp Pro)
Session 3

Session 3 (2D-3D Workflow)

This lesson provides the ideal workflow for using SketchUp when importing existing 2D line drawings. Import a 2D CAD file and learn tips and tricks for organizing line-work, creating reference groups, aligning elevations, and constructing 3D models quickly. Also, we’ll show you how to save time with some clever plugins for this workflow. Prior CAD skills is not required for this session.

      • Prep in 2D: Save time in SketchUp by only importing what you need.
      • Importing .dwg Files: Learn what imports, how its placed and how to make this work to your benefit.
      • Layers in SketchUp: Understand how SketchUp controls visibility and geometry.
      • Organizing the 2D Model: Learn who to group line work, create layers, and align / rotate 2D elevations in a typical workflow.
      • Exterior Modeling: Learn the essential tools and workflow for creating shell/exterior models.
      • Interior Modeling: Learn techniques for creating openings, adding walls, and placing components. Learn advanced camera tools to better see inside the model.
      • Plugins: Learn how to install plugins and use them to save time in creating typically architectural elements like windows, staircases, louvers, and doorways.
      • Exporting: Learn how to export views as images, cad files, and how to send to LayOut to create a presentation.

Session 4

Session 4 (Photorealistic Renderings)

This lesson gives you the tricks and techniques to create photorealistic renderings with SketchUp and a plugin called Podium. Learn how to create reflective materials, lights, and techniques for interior and exterior renderings. This session finishes up by creating a composite rendering and making adjustments in Photoshop.

      • Why Podium? Learn why I use Podium version other plugins in the market.
      • Toolbars: Learn how to navigate the basic tools and interface.
      • Interior Techniques: Learn the fundamentals of what makes for a good scene and how to adjust lighting within a room.
      • Exterior Techniques: Learn how to adjust style properties and techniques for efficiently modeling with Podium.
      • Materials: Learn how to adjust reflection, refraction, bump and blur settings.
      • Lighting: Create spot lights and light emitting materials.
      • Podium Browser: Tired of creating materials and lights? Podium Browser offers content with reflections and lighting already built in.
      • Rendering: Go through the steps and process while in the rendering engine; this includes best rendering settings and knowing when a rendering is going to be good or bad so you’re not waiting around for it to finish.
      • Photoshop Techniques: Learn how to create a composite rendering using techniques in Photoshop to adjust levels, brightness, and contrast. Learn how to use dodge and burn as well as styles in SketchUp to make your renderings look unique!


Daniel Brown  has been a pleasure to work with from day one. The level of service Dan provides was evident even before I to signed up for his class, when he took the time to review my work and help me determine which training would be right for me. In the training, Daniel’s mastery of the subject matter was clear and he did a great job of keeping the training on track, while answering all participants questions throughout the day. He has even made himself available to answer follow up questions in days and weeks since taking the class. I highly recommend Daniel. I will definitely be reaching out to him again for my future training needs.

Mike Matthews, CMPDirector of Meeting and Event Planning, Showcall

The class was fun, enjoyable, relaxed and interesting. Dan Brown is an excellent instructor and is a true master of the material.
I only wish we could stretch the course out over a week so we could practice more and work on a sample project.

Gene GraffSenior Project Designer, HDR

The Plugins and render tools were extremely helpful as well as the tips Dan gave on how to build more efficiently. Dan is a great teacher and is very patient. He does not continue to the next step unless the whole group is caught up.Dan was available for any questions via email or phone and responds very quickly. Overall I really enjoyed my training and would recommend to my fellow architect friends!

Arielle AllenJunior Architect, Gary Rosard Architect, PC

Dan is a fantastic instructor. The class is a great beginner course & intro to the basics of SketchUp. The pace of the course was great, and gave me the confidence to navigate and use SketchUp for basic design purposes.

Natasha NixonArchitecture Coordinator, EYA