What Ails You Baby?

In Part 8 I conclude this series by covering material that has been particularly troubling. I get a lot of email from people who are following along but get stuck in a place that is frustrating and confusing. That is normal and part of the learning process. I tried to keep track of which areas were the culprits and this tutorial is intended to shed additional light on them.

To follow along in this tutorial you may wish to download the following two files. Be sure to save these files where you are certain to find them. Click on each of the following files to download and save them:

Special Layer Zero.skp

It may be necessary to right click on the above links and choose Save Link As to download them.

Downloading the Video to Your Computer

Sometimes the performance of your internet connection, the load on it at a particular time of day, and the length of these video tutorials can all conspire to provide you a frustrating and impossible viewing experience. If this happens it may be preferable to download the entire video unto your system and view it on your local video player. The video file is an mp4. It can be viewed with most video players including QuickTime and Media Player. If you have a default, or user specified, file association for .mp4 you may have to delete it or use a download manager to download this file. Otherwise the associated application may be invoked and file streaming will prevail over downloading. There are numerous free download managers on the internet. Be careful, and do some research to locate one that is not loaded with spyware or viruses.

If you are on a PC platform running Windows OS and have Internet Explorer or Firefox you don’t have to change file association or use a downloader. Simply right click on the link(s) below and choose Save Link As. When Explorer opens choose a destination folder and select Save.

To download this video click here or paste


into your download manager.

Viewing in Your Browser

You may find it easier to view the video in full screen mode. Start the video before selecting this mode. To enter full screen mode click the little screen icon at the bottom of the video player. When in full screen view hold your cursor near the bottom of the screen to access the video player’s controls. Exit full screen mode with the Esc key. This part is approximately 50 minutes long. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

This concludes the Beginner’s SketchUp Tutorial series. In the not too distant future I will begin An Intermediate Google SketchUp Tutorial – The Video Version series. It will deal with complex shapes and complex curves. The series will parallel An Intermediate Google SketchUp Tutorial written version already available on my Google SketchUp page. So if you can’t wait for the video series you can start there. Until then bye for now.

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10 Responses to “Beginner’s SketchUp Tutorial, The Video Version–Part 8”

  1. Chris Fournier says:

    I have been terrified to begin designing on the computer. A friend put me on to SketchUp and your tutorials have really helped reduce the incline of my learning curve. I have begun to design using SketchUp thanks to the two of you.

    Many thanks for your fine tutorials,

    Chris Fournier

  2. Joe says:


    Are you designing your nets with SketchUp? I looked at your site and your nets are a work of art.


  3. Ron says:

    I learned a lot of tricks with this tutorial. Looking forward the intermediate series.


  4. Joe says:


    I hope to get part 2 of the intermediate series out this week. It will be a lot more challenging than part 1 and you should pick up a few more tricks.


  5. Allan Davis says:

    Just completed your beginners course on Sketchup and would like to complement you on the excellent course. It provided just the right amount of detail to make it understandable and usable. I will be using it right away to design my projects.

  6. Joe says:

    Hi Allan,

    Congratulations on completing the course. And you have just the right attitude; use that new skill immediately and frequently. It will pay dividends in the end – better designs, less waste, faster build times etc.

    You might also like the intermediate course. Especially if you build period furniture.


  7. Ken says:

    I am having two problems that I just can’t figure out. The first one is the follow me tool. I just cannot get it to work. In your tutorial 8 you show how it is used but that is before your object is made a component. So once I have a component made and then I want to wrap a piece of trim around it – how do I do that?

    When I do as you do in tutorial 8 except I am doing it on a component it does not work.

    The second problem is when I try to add texture and color – it does one or the other but won’t allow me to color a texture.

  8. Joe says:

    Hi Ken,

    I suspect that your problem with the Follow Me tool is that you are not trying to edit the component in Edit Component mode. Once a 3D object has been made a component the only way you can make changes to it is in Edit Component mode. Select the component and with the Context menu choose Edit Component. Now you can use the Follow Me tool on it.

    Alternatively, you can Explode the component, make the changes, and then make it a component again.

    On the texture and coloring problem, you can only do one or the other. However, you can edit your texture file with the Window/Material dialog box. Choose the In Model textures and then the material you want to edit. Choose the Edit tab and then with the RGB sliders change the color/tint of the material.

    Hope this helps.


  9. Ken says:

    I am not wanting to edit the component. I what to add another component to it. Beside, when I do select edit component and then select a surface to follow, as soon as I select the follow me tool the selected surface or line becomes unselected and the follow me tool still will not work.

  10. Joe says:

    Hi Ken,

    You are doing something simple incorrectly, but I can’t say from your description exactly what it is. Send me your skip file with the profile of the surface you intend to extrude and I will send you a short MPEG video of how to do it. My email address is jpz@srww.com.