I discovered Layers in Sketchup. I know, woohoo, right? But I feel so much better – now, Layers is something I can understand without trying too hard. Because: Photoshop. Plus, I thought about the structure a little, and figured I could make it a little more slick by using angle instead of channel. Oh right. You probably don’t know what I’m talking about – I posted that on another blog. Here, you can catch up here, if you want.
So I started on my base layer drawing that frame above. See the Layers box?
Clicky click and I get my wheel brackets.
Click again, and the wheels appear.
And last, the brake.
The wheels, bracket, brake and spring are all saved as “Components”. I made the wheels, bracket and brake, and pulled the spring off the “Component Warehouse”.
SuperTango makes a good point in the comments, and a great video showing how to work with layers is here:
Simple enough, though.
- Work on Layer 0
- Create new Layer, name it.
- Select work on Layer 0 and make it a Group.
- Move the selected Group to the new Layer using the Layer Palette.
…and go back to Layer 0 to start work on another Layer.