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Sketchup-ur-space Magazine - June 14

Author : Whaat (Dale M)

Artisan Organic Toolset for SketchUp

Artisan Organic Toolset - with powerful subdivision, sculpting, and soft selection tools, Artisan is ideal for creating:

  • Terrain and landscapes
  • Furniture
  • Characters
  • Abstract sculptures and decorative objects
  • Fabric, curtains, and pillows
  • Rocks, Trees, and Plants

Artisan Organic Toolset for SketchUp

Go to the Artisan Learning Center to view the comprehensive manual and video tutorials.

Artisan is free to use for 15 days. After the 15 days have expired, the tools become locked. A license must be purchased to continue use.

For additional support or to purchase a license, visit the Artisan website.

Features Include: Subdivision Surfaces

  • Robust subdivision algorithm that can handle very complex geometry
  • Subdivide and smooth selected faces, groups, or components
  • Crease edges or vertices to create hard edges
  • Knife subdivide tool for creating loops
  • Extrude tool to create loops without interior faces
  • Low-poly ‘Proxy Mode’ that automatically updates the subsurface geometry as you edit

New Subdivision Features in Artisan

  • Perform subdivision or smoothing on any selection of faces
  • Auto-subdivision of selection boundary faces that results in cleaner meshes after subdividing
  • Quickly preview subsurface geometry prior to committing
  • Proper interpolation of UVs for subdivided geometry
  • Faster subdivision and better topology

Brush Tools

  • Sculpt Brush (sculpt, pinch/spread, flatten, inflate/deflate, smooth/jitter)
  • Select Brush (select faces by performing strokes)
  • Paint Brush (paint SketchUp materials on faces using virtual brushstrokes)
  • Symmetrical sculpting mode using with user-defined work plane
  • Lock vertices to user-defined work plane

Vertex Transformation Tools

  • Soft Selection
  • Soft Move, Rotate, and Scale
  • Make Planar (XY, XZ, YZ, or best fit)

Mesh Optimization (Polygon Reduction)

  • Much faster and more robust than the free Polyreducer plugin
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