As programs and tools change rapidly these days, and there is an abundance of tutorials available, I'm not actively creating my own as there's little reason to be redundant. Please see the links below for a great place to start.



SketchUp's own tutorials

LinkedIn/ Learning. Students should have complete access to the library via the CSULB Single Sign-on for FREE. Make use of this resource to learn.

Youtube. There is a ton of videos on Youtube. Find a few channels you like and subscribe to them.

I find this guy's channel to be very helpful.


I have found that SketchUp becomes a massively more powerful tool when you begin to tap into the huge array of Plug-ins available.

  • SketchThis Kitchen Design - This tutorial will take you through the tools. Very useful if you do a lot of custom kitchens. As a


To get the best rendering out of your SketchUp you'll need to upgrade to Pro and/or add dedicated rendering plugins into your workflow.

Available in our labs, pre-installed. Use what you prefer!

  • Podium. Plugin. Many students have reported that Podium is a little easier than VRay.
  • KeyShot. Not exactly a Plugin, an external rendering engine. Generally geared toward product design, but seems capable for spaces and environments as well.
  • Enscape VR. Add VR animations to your work without the hassles of exporting to a gaming engine, instead, build your VR within SketchUp.

Not available in our labs.

  • V-Ray. Plugin. (available for StudioMax and many other industry programs).


* Estimate only. See instructor and calendar for specific due dates. Summer Session schedule is more compressed with one week equal to approximately two and half semester weeks.

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