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Getting Started in Layout
Getting Started

1.0_Getting Started

0:00 Hi and welcome to ‘LayOut Essentials.’

0:03 This track is intended for SketchUp users that have little or no experience at all using Layout…

0:08 ...and would like to learn how to create conceptual design or construction document packages.

0:14 LayOut combines many key functions of desktop publishing, CAD, and vector drawing software like Adobe Illustrator.

0:22 Keep in mind that LayOut is unique as it’s the only software out there that is designed to be fully integrated into your SketchUp workflow.


0:30 We’ve designed this course with the assumption that you are familiar with the basic functionality and best practices of modeling SketchUp.

0:37 If you’re new to SketchUp as well, it’s recommended that you stop here and complete the SketchUp Essentials tracks first before beginning this track.

0:46 Also note that we’ll be using the Mac version of LayOut, and like SketchUp, the look of tool palettes and other keyboard commands may vary slightly from what we’re demonstrating.

0:56 But keep in mind that all functionality is essentially the same.

0:59 It’s also recommended that you take a look at the online Knowledge Base site specifically for LayOut to help supplement the features and topics covered in these lessons.

1:09 As for organization of this track, we’ll be covering all essential features of LayOut in 6 key courses.

1:16 The first course looks at opening LayOut for the first time and how to navigate it's interface including creating new documents and an overview of overall system preferences and individual document settings.

1:28 The second and third courses explore the basics of creating and modifying various lines and shapes and working with text and dimensions

1:37 The fourth course inserts a SketchUp model reference, along with other reference formats such as images and CAD drawings.

1:46 We’ll also learn how to manage linked references so that if your SketchUp model changes, your LayOut file can be updated accordingly.

1:54 In course 5 we’ll begin to annotate our SketchUp views by adding scrapbook objects, title blocks, templates and tables.

2:04 Finally, in course six, we’ll round out our overview by looking at the various ways to present and export your newly annotated pages.

2:14 A SketchUp reference model along with both blank and completed Layout files will be provided to you so that you can follow along with us as we go.

2:23 Be sure to download everything from the exercise files tab before moving on.