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Setting up SketchUp



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For the convenience of working with the EasyKitchen library in SketchUp, you need to slightly reconfigure the work area so that all the necessary controls and windows are always at hand. This will only need to be done once.

Tray setup

First, let's deal with the panel on the right side of the SketchUp screen. Bookmark "Tutorial" in the future can be closed. At first, it will prompt what actions are available for each tool. Bookmarks can be swapped with the mouse using the Drag-and-Drop method.

You can add and remove bookmarks through the main menu Window->Tray:​

In this menu, immediately check the "Layers" item. In the future, they will be very necessary. Other items can be added as needed. You can move bookmarks as you like. For example, I'm comfortable with the following order:

The next step is to add the EasyKitchen library and add-ons to the "Components" tab.

A detailed description of the installation of the library is described in the article Installing the library.

Customizing toolbars

When you first start SketchUp, there is only one set of tools in the toolbar, called "Getting Started":

It is better to immediately replace this panel with a more advanced one. You should also add a few more panels for convenient work. To do this, right-click anywhere in this panel and select "Large Toolbox" from the drop-down menu.

Uncheck the "Get Started" box.

Now we add additional panels in the same way, which will definitely be needed. These are "Dynamic Components", "Views" and "Styles". Thus, you should get something like the following working window of the "SketchUp" program:​

This is the minimum set of constantly needed tools. Over time, as your skills improve, you may need additional tools and plugins. And the panels can become much more. The same "Twilight Render" is an additional plugin that has its own toolbar. It is added in the same way as regular panels.

SketchUp is very flexible both in how it works and in customizing its workspace. You can even create your own personal control panel and add there only those tools that you need, and remove unnecessary ones. This article indicates the minimum settings that are needed for comfortable work in the program with a library of dynamic components for designing EasyKitchen furniture in SketchUp.

If you want to learn more about each SketchUp tool and learn how to work with it, check out our Documentation. There, in the "SketchUp" section, there are educational articles that are written in simple language and provided with visual gifs.

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