MasterSketchup.com is a place for the SketchUp community; to learn, and to create. I offer high quality tutorials, reviews, resources, tips and tricks, videos and downloads for free. You will find plenty of information whether you are new to SketchUp, or if you can orbit around in SketchUp like nobody’s business!
My name is Matt Donley, I live in Rhode Island, and I have been using SketchUp personally since 2007. Working in the construction industry I was naturally inspired by the ability to create things in 3D space. My first experience with 3D modeling was actually with a game called Duke Nukem 3D! (The original versions of that game were a 2D side scrolling game, so they actually called it Duke Nukem 3D in order to differentiate.) I can remember stumbling upon a program simply called “Build.exe” hidden in the game folders. It turned out to be a map editor that allowed me to actually build my own levels for the game!!! How cool is that, right? I can tell you, it was nothing like SketchUp, though.
When I first started using SketchUp, I didn’t really follow any instruction, just dove right in and started using it. I began to draw jobs I was working on. (At the time I was running my own residential remodeling company.) So if I was doing a bathroom remodel, I’d draw it in SketchUp and export pictures to show clients. I loved using SketchUp for drawing kitchens.
I then jumped into the commercial casework industry (cabinets for laboratories & schools pretty much.) I used SketchUp to communicate issues to the design team, and to help me figure out design details.
In early 2014, I released my first book and video course, SketchUp to LayOut, where I teach how to use LayOut, and how to prepare your SketchUp models for LayOut. Because of my book, I’m able to work online full time.
Besides that, I’m really not a professional designer or architect or anything like that. I’m just someone who downloaded SketchUp and started using it. So thanks for checking out this website, I truly appreciate any comments you leave on this site, or on my Facebook page. Or if you’d like, you can contact me directly at [email protected]
I created MasterSketchup.com to help everyday people, who’ve had no professional training in design, to learn how to use Sketchup to its fullest potential. Sketchup is the first tool to ever make 3d modeling easy, and I want to help make it easier for anybody to learn how to use it.