Category : tips and tricks

The Uncanny Valley

Featured Image: Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and the android based on his likeness. More at Geminoid.jp If you’ve never heard of it before, the uncanny valley is a phrase used to describe the discomfort-inducing zone that an image or likeness of a human passes through on its way from abstract to representational. The term was first coined in 1970 by […]

Placemaker Extension
Posted by on March 2, 2017
Posted in: creative community, geomodeling, mapping, photomatch, software, tips and tricks

Last month I had the honor of beta-testing Placemaker, a smart plugin that automatically integrates infrastructure data into 3D using the SketchUp geo-location feature. The full version has just been released (congratulations to mind.sight.studios!), and we are excited to continue integrating it into our workflow. Here’s a rough idea of how Placemaker works: the general […]

Discover the Story
Posted by on January 12, 2017
Posted in: inspiration, legal, SceneViz, tips and tricks

Last Saturday I spent the day in a hotel ballroom watching Zoe Littlepage and Rainey Booth (pictured below) discuss their approach to visual storytelling. When the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) announced this event last month, I signed up right away for an exhibit table. After all, visual storytelling is what Fat Pencil Studio is […]

All About Aerials
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: environment, imaging, legal, mapping, real estate, tips and tricks

Investigating a motor vehicle crash or crime? Planning a trip? Shopping for a new home? For these, and countless other activities, aerial photography is a valuable source of information. You probably already know how to get it: Google Maps, right? That’s a great place to start, but dig a bit deeper, and you stand to […]

Certified Content Developer
Posted by on October 3, 2016
Posted in: creative community, software, tips and tricks

SketchUp has launched a new set of modeling standards for its popular 3D Warehouse. Fat Pencil Studio has passed this SketchUp certification test to become a Certified Content Developer and is now featured on the SketchUp Resource Center page. In addition to setting a baseline for user-friendly models found online, the SketchUp certification training documents many tips for utilizing SketchUp tools. […]

Profile Builder
Posted by on August 4, 2016
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

Hello! My name is Hunter Kirkland and I’m the summer intern at Fat Pencil Studio and an architecture graduate student at the University of Oregon in Portland. Part of my time here has been spent learning a new and exciting SketchUp extension, Profile Builder. When I first started investigating this extension at Joshua’s request, the idea […]

SketchUp Basecamp 2016
Posted by on July 2, 2016
Posted in: animation, conferences, creative community, software, tips and tricks

Despite being the most widely used 3d-modeling program (35 million unique activations per year) SketchUp has been limited by it’s reliance on the Windows or Mac operating system…until now. Basecamp 2016 saw the unveiling of my.SketchUp.com, a complete 3d modeling environment inside a web browser. The new interface has pop up icons which streamline the toolbar […]

The Expertise Gap

Have you heard of Pecha Kucha? It’s a style of presentation where slides are set to auto advance every 20 seconds, so it requires some rehearsing to get the timing right. I tried this for the first time at an evening session of the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS). I started by assuming the role […]

Seamless Textures
Posted by on January 7, 2016
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

In the world of 3d modeling seamless textures are important because they allow a small image repeat over a large surface, while keeping a manageable file size. SketchUp comes with a decent set of seamless textures, and you can download others from various sources on the internet. Over the past few months we’ve been able to create a […]

SketchUp 2016
Posted by on December 18, 2015
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

A special time of the year has arrived, and I am talking of course about the just released SketchUp 2016. Every year we get a few new upgrades with our preferred 3D modeling software. Some of the improvements are useful for all SketchUp users while others are only relevant for those working in certain industries. Here is a brief overview of […]