In This Chapter
Taking stock of your model with the Outliner
Avoiding problems by using layers the right way
Looking at how everything works together
Starting with this chapter, I may sound like your mom: “Clean up your room! Don’t leave your toys in the driveway! Put your dishes in the sink!” As everybody knows, living life can be a messy ordeal, and modeling in SketchUp is no exception. As you crank away at whatever it is you’re building, you’ll reach a time when you stop, orbit around, and wonder how your model got to be such a pigsty. It’s inevitable.
Luckily, SketchUp includes a bunch of different ways to keep your geometry — edges and faces — from getting out of control. Because big, unwieldy, disorganized models are a pain to work with — they can slow your computer, or even cause SketchUp to crash. You should definitely get in the habit of “working clean” (as cooking shows like to call it). As I say earlier, I don’t mean to nag; I just want you to be familiar with the techniques experienced SketchUp modelers use to keep their sanity.
In this chapter, I present the two main tools that SketchUp provides for organizing your model. In the ...