Open SketchUp and create a new model. SketchUp offers a bunch of templates. “Simple / inches” is generally a good model to start with. But since we’re creating a model from a floor plan, start with “Plan View / inches.” If this isn’t in your start up window, click More templates to find it.
There are four main sections in the Windows interface:
There are three axes that you should use to keep your lines plumb (perfectly vertical and perpendicular) and corners at 90°. When you’re drawing a line, it will change to match the color of the relevant axis when it is perfectly in line with the access (you want this to happen).
SketchUp has a variety of camera views to help you look at and navigate around your model. To change your camera view, use the Camera menu. The Camera > Standard Views menu has views to get you started, but you can also move through your model using the Pan and Orbit tools.
There is also a cool tool called the Instructor. It’s in the Default Tray on Windows. When you open it, it has a little gif and basic instructions on using whatever tool you have selected. There’s also a link to SketchUp’s help section for more detailed instructions.
These are some of the more commonly used tools, with their keyboard shortcut in parentheses. To see what they look like, refer to the Quick Reference Cards linked below.