My tutorials are frequently featured by the official SketchUp Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter pages.
SketchUp even personally invited me to World Maker Faire in New York to help answer questions at their booth.
Here’s a picture of me with John Bacus, the SketchUp Product Manager. (Both wearing awesome limited edition SketchUp T-Shirts.)
I taught the "Introduction to LayOut", class at the 2014 3D Basecamp conference.
SketchUp had asked me if I would teach an introduction to LayOut class. It was a 3 hour, hands-on class for about 60 people, and it turned out to be one of the most popular classes at the conference.
Here I am presenting at the SketchUp 3D Basecamp conference in Colorado.
Something you should know about me.
I was actually a carpenter by trade who just had a natural passion for design. I love architecture and carpentry!
Any time I would go into a new restaurant or building with my wife I’d immediately look all around at how everything was built.
I’d visualize in my head all the different steps that were needed to build it. It’s just habit.
So now, with all the great feedback I’ve received about my SketchUp tutorials, I wanted to do something even
more amazing to help my fellow woodworkers, carpenters, architects, contractors, builders, and designers learn LayOut.
The SketchUp to LayOut Book
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The SketchUp to LayOut book is the essential guide for woodworkers, carpenters, architects, contractors, builders, and designers
who already know the basics on how to use SketchUp, but are looking to create stunning presentations to visualize
their ideas with their clients using LayOut.
It's a 288 page instant digital download (PDF 30MB) that you can view right on your computer. Each chapter and section are bookmarked for easy navigation, and all hyperlinks in the book are just a click away.
UPDATE 11/12/14: With the new SketchUp Pro 2015, you'll get faster performance with 64-bit versions, expanded IFC compatibility, and the ability to attach data to objects in your model and read it from LayOut using annotations. I have updated the book to include all the new 2015 features.
Read reviews from people like you who've already purchased SketchUp to LayOut.
SketchUp to LayOut has received countless 5 star reviews on Amazon. Read them here, right on Amazon.
Here are a few selected reviews:
I am an architect trained in AutoCAD. Developing a familiarity many years ago with Sketchup as a design tool, took no small amount of effort, due largely to the fact that the two software's have many differences. Over the years I have utilized Sketchup mainly as a design/presentation tool. However, in the last few years I have tried to familiarize myself with sketchup in the Construction Document Phase of a project - hence Sketchup to Layout! Working with Layout quickly manifested future alienation from AutoCAD's process. Purchasing and working through Matt Donley's "Sketchup to Layout" book has lessened the learning curve - something one cannot bill the client for!
This book is most helpful for beginners as well as more seasoned users of Sketchup/Layout. Text as well as graphics explain a presented process in a most user friendly manner. The format of text, graphics, illustrations, tips, etc. flows easily & logically from the book. Presented material is bundled and categorized in a manner that allows for ease of study as well as present & future reference. I particularly appreciated the "step-by-step" method of presentation of a given subject.
The author seems to have a excellent grasp of knowledge with Sketchup as well as Layout, particularly when comparing this book with many other books on similar subject(s).
I would highly recommend this book to any professional in any applicable field as well as a non-professional utilizing the software for a personal application.
John L. Demers, Architect AIA
Matt's guide for using Sketchup and Layout has been an invaluable reference tool for my drawing projects. I use Sketchup as a general contractor and draftsman drawing plans for simple home additions, new home construction, kitchen cabinets, and furniture.
I wish I would have had a tool like this when I began using Sketchup in 2008 (it would have saved me a lot of time!), but I am constantly learning new stuff from this book. Setting up a model in Sketchup for importing into Layout is not as easy as one would think. Matt helps you establish good habits to make importing into Layout easy, good looking, and as seamless as possible.
This book is a great investment if you are using Sketchup in your business. I highly recommend this book for every level of user, from those brand new to the software to those well advanced users, there is stuff to learn for all. I look forward to future books and tutorials published by Matt Donley.
I have have been a SketchUp user since it was first released by @Last, well before they were bought by Google. As a full-time woodworker, SketchUp is indispensable to me. When LayOut was introduced as a part of the SketchUp Pro package, I could see it's potential benefit in preparing client presentations for my custom furniture designs, but somehow it's connection to SketchUp was a bit too obscure & confusing to me.
I bought Matt Donley's ebook several months ago & it opened up a whole new world in the use of SketchUp. Matt is a natural educator & he knows his subject extremely well. SketchUp To LayOut covers LayOut and its integration with SketchUp thoroughly and in a well-ordered, step-by-step manner that is comprehensive and easy to follow. In addition, Matt covers several functions of SketchUp that I had never fully understood.
After reading his book, I upgraded to include the accompanying videos. These are excellent as well!
Learn the workflow for creating models specifically for LayOut
Before you even begin modeling that first rectangle, you'll need to fully understand which type of model you should be building for LayOut. Don't make the mistake of creating twice the amount of work for yourself because you didn't properly organize your model ahead of time.
I'll teach you how to save time and frustration by organizing your model so YOU are in control of how your model viewports look.
The entire first half of the book is dedicated to preparing your model for LayOut. From organizational workflow, to scenes and
styles. I share with you my 5 point method I use to visualize and prepare every scene I create for LayOut.
Not only will you understand exactly what those five points are, you'll learn multiple ways to control them. Using these methods, you will gain complete control over the look of your viewports in LayOut. You will master every aspect of a
SketchUp scene and style, to enable you to create impressive presentations and drawings in the least amount of