– January 18, 2020
Useful book. As an intermediate Sketchup user, the first half of the book was a review on beginner skills, but the chapters on sandbox tools clarified some things for me.
– January 23, 2020
Excellent book if you follow it through to learn how to draw buildings for sketchup. I found it very easy to follow.
– February 22, 2020
– March 19, 2020
Daniel did a fantastic job with this book compared to others that i have bought.The quality of the pictures in the book made it easier to work through the hands-on exercises.I have even pre-ordered the rendering book that is set to be released next february because i know it too will be a blast!!
– April 17, 2020
Daniel covers more techniques that people haven’t necessarily thought about than most Sketchup books out there. He’s probably forgotten more about Sketchup, than most average users will ever know. Advance users probably know about all the features and tools of Sketchup, but Daniel takes the tools to new levels. Great graphics, easy to comprehend, covers all bases. I can’t wait for the next volume Daniel, great job, I give this book the highest props. Where he finds the time to write books, teach classes and make it to work every day is beyond me!
A civil engineer
– May 17, 2020
This is one of those rare books thats worth its weight in gold.If your into 3d modelling for buildings and planning layouts this book does a fantastic job in teaching in a systematic way how to prepare layouts that will literally knock the socks off clients, planning authorities, developers and builders alike.The book is very rich and glossy in its colours and gives some very good tips on how to do some pretty neat tricks e.g how to do crossovers (I could never do it before this book).I can now see how things will look like before I build them in 3d.The tutorials given by Tal really are a treat.In summary, the book is worth its weight in gold (probably many times over).
– July 12, 2020
It was published a few years ago..but still one of the best books on Sketchup EVER.Relevant, beautiful looking book, definitely buy the physical book…a joy to own…One of the best authors of Sketchup Material.By the way do not let the title or contents deter you from purchasing if you love Sketchup.You will learn much and see how all of this info will transfer for use immediately to many other projects.Definitely a book to have on your shelf.
– September 6, 2020
I’ve been using SketchUp for a couple of years now, but wasn’t taking advantage of the full feature set (e.g. Sandbox) because I just hadn’t been able to find a tutorial that breaks down these complex operations into easy-to-follow steps. Daniel Tal’s book changes all that. He begins with the simplest tools and doesn’t take anything for granted — simple geometry, pushing/pulling, the stuff you probably have figured out on your own. But early on, Tal imposes a discipline: he teaches you how and why to use layers, components and Ruby scripts to make your models (and your life) far more efficient. Each chapter builds logically on the next, and the tutorials increase in difficulty but never get too far ahead of your current learning. Tal even makes his own models available in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, which (a) helps keep the book slim and affordable, and (b) gives you the option to check your work — or not — at your own pace. In this respect it’s a fantastic teacher for the self-directed “student.” By the last chapter I was comfortably creating complex landforms, architecture and site features, but never felt like I had broken a sweat or struggled to keep pace. The only missing bits I could wish for are equal time for the Mac version of SketchUp (the book is PC-centric), and some discussion of VectorWorks (the book explores the integration of AutoCAD). These are minor quibbles for an otherwise wonderful guide that should be your first stop on the road to mastering SketchUp.
Edson C. Mahfuz
– September 18, 2020
After watching a video of a talk given by Daniel Tal at the Sketchup Basecamp (July 2008) my approach to terrain modeling changed completely for the better. Thus when i heard of the book he was about to publish i got really excited and looked forward to what else he could teach me about terrain modeling and the use of the sandbox.I thought the book would only deal with site modeling and the sandbox but was pleasantly surprised to see it covers much more than that. No book on an application like Sketchup is so complete as to cover all its uses and features but Daniel Tal’s does a hell of a good job at showing what it can do. Focusing on landscape architecture, the book covers all the basics of modeling landscapes – natural and man-made -, buildings and urban elements.The initial chapters are useful even for Sketchup veterans but my interest picked up in chapter 12 which, along with 13 and 14, are like Daniel’s video written down in much more detail. Chapter 15 (Sandbox Architecture) is a real treat, revealing one of the many different uses of Sketchup’s tools that are there but one does not find by oneself. I had never thought of using the sandbox tools to drape a 2D drawing of a façade over the 3D volume of the building it corresponds to. Great stuff indeed! Even the AutoCad chapters are useful for people who use other drafting applications.The book is full of tutorials, and when you finish each of them you really know how to do what it intended to teach you. The illustrations are really helpful in that respect too. No subject is left without illustration or tutorial; there is hardly a page without at least an image – and with very good images: they look good and one can see the many details in each one. It helps a lot that the book is printed on paper of superior quality.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to use Sketchup or to improve his or her knowledge of this superb program. Moreover, it is a must for anyone wishing to go beyond buildings to model terrains and landscape architecture in detail. In this respect, Daniel Tal’s book is unique and well worth every cent.
– September 29, 2020
At first, I didn’t like the writing style of the book which made it hard to learn as you went along but once you get into the tutorials it becomes more understandable with good step by step aids.measurements are in feet and inches though which is a let down.
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