Getting Started with SketchUp and Layout

Characteristics Of This Class:

Whether you are a graphic designer, videographer, hobbyist, inventor, builder, or architect, Sketchup and Layout are powerful, affordable 3D modeling tools that push projects forward.

This workshop will teach you how to use the software for building a model of your house, designing furniture, 3D modeling your next great invention, rendering photorealistic 3D images, creating custom 3D logos and icons, staging your next film shoot, and with Layout, turning your model into a blueprint.

You'll leave with a fundamental understanding of Sketchup and Layout, including tips and tricks on how to quickly present, print, or build your 3D ideas to move your projects forward. We will also touch on advanced methods to build more complex models for those bigger projects.

This workshop will cover:

  • Sketchup and Layout workflow
  • Components and group nesting
  • Layer management
  • Adding textures
  • Keyboard shortcuts and tricks
  • Linking models and components
  • Printing blueprints
  • Forming complex shapes
  • Creating walk-throughs and presentations
  • Exporting 2D and 3D files

Note: Please download free copies of Sketchup and Layout prior to class to familiarize yourself with the programs.

Who Should Take This:

Anyone interested in creating 3D objects or advanced 2D images through the use of modeling. This class is designed for a broad range of professions, including graphic designers, videographers, hobbyists, inventors, builders, and architects.

Tyler Barnard

Tyler Barnard

Tyler Barnard is the founder of Analog Design Studio in Boulder, CO, a design firm combing the efforts of architecture design, film, 3D modeling and digital graphics. Having graduated with a Masters in Architectural Design from UCL in London, Tyler uses 3D models, CGI and digital graphics to stay on the cutting edge of design and architecture.

The instructor was helpful in reading the knowledge base of the students.

Jamie, 4/28/2014

Amazing and impressive. A lot to digest in one evening. I'm not an architect but I am a designer and I love this! [The instructor was] very skilled but clearly concerned about the class comprehending and following, very approachable and open-minded.

Nadia Eve, 4/10/2013

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Optional Payment Plan for In-Depth Intensives:

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our In-Depth Intensives. Each of the 4 payments is 25% of the total registration fee with no finance charges or other costs. The first payment will be taken when you register and the remaining 3 payments are paid every month for the following 3 months (detailed payment information in the table below). It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the intensive you wish to attend ( and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.


Payment Program Details

  BDA Member Non-Member
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Note: registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for the early registration discount and always pay the standard registration fee ($69.00 for BDA members and $89.00 for non-members).

Registration Fees

BDA Members: $59.00

Non-Members: $79.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 11/30/2014. Standard registration fees for this program are $69.00 for members and $89.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

December 04, 2014

Complete Schedule:
12/4/2014 | 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Boulder (Details)