We are now taking bookings for the following dates :


Basics – £130 pd
19th February
18th April
2nd July
Intermediate £130 pd
26th February
25th April
9th July
Terrain and Levels – £130 pd
9th April
Masterclass – £150 pd
5th March
6th June
This is limited to x4 attendees/ day course. The intent is that you each get 1.5-2hrs of focussed attention to solve/ demonstrate the problems you have or would like solving. Everybody in the session benefits from the experience. We will only be running two of these days, so please book as soon as you can.
4 Day Course – £440
12th March
19th March
26th March
2nd April
All 4 days must be booked together
4 Saturday Mornings Course – £260
6th April
13th April
27th April
4th May
All 4 mornings must be booked together
For further information and to book a place please get in touch with us asap via the Contact Us page or telephone the office on 01730 601967. 
Please enquire if you require any other training – we can offer specific topics and any level of  SketchUp training tailored to suit your needs.

Course details

Basics: Getting Started

Even if you have not used SU before, by the ned of the day you will know how to approach creating a 3D model, setting up layers and groups.
You will create a simple garden in 3D and add textures, shadows and objects brought in from online libraries. There are many ways to approach using 3D cad: you will learn how to create shapes and forms from scratch as well as how to import a sketch/ drawing and trace over it.

Intermediate: Modelling

This course compliments the Getting Started day. You do not need to have been on the previous course, but you should understand how to create basic geometry, use layers and groups. The first few hours of the course will be a refresher of good modelling practices.

You will be taught how to create more complex shapes and set up your model so that you can create section views and points of view that you can use in other documents/ slideshows etc. Part of the day will be dedicated to solving your problems and addressing things you would like modelled in SU.

Terrain and Using plants 

The first 1/2 of the day will cover ways to use plants in SketchUp
3D, 2D, 2.5D, plant symbols and plans.
Where to get good quality plant files
plugins that help with creating planting
What you should and should not do.
Using trees and background effects
How to set up planting plans using Sketchup and Layout (Layout requires the use of SU pro)

Terrain will cover a range of methods to create organic surfaces in SU. This might be from spot heights, contours or on site visual queues.
Terrain for visual effect and ways to manipulate terrain.
the essential plugins that will help
How to calculate the cut/ fill required
Applying texture to terrain, adding details such as roads, paths, buildings, steps into terrain

Making your images compelling – Contact the office to register interest 

Whilst a day is just not long enough to cover this subject, you will be shown the essentials of taking your SU models to the next level. The day will include
Things to do in SketchUp to improve your presentations
Importing and using textures and photographs
Improved and realistic shadows,
Styles and lines in SketchUp
Where to get the best library models and plants
Composing images, adding trees, sky and entourage (objects)

Plugins and additional programs that will change your images

Essential tools and techniques in photo editing software (Photoshop)
The things you should do to every image
Layering images output from SketchUp to create different styles and effects
manipulating photographs, removing unwanted items for use in SketchUp

Whilst Photoshop will be used there are other Photo-editing software available. (eg Gimp: Mac and PC, Affinity: Mac). A trial version of Photoshop is available and lasts for 30days.
Rendering is a huge subject. There are simple ways to approach rendering from within Sketchup and these will be covered as well as highlighting the types of software available.


SketchUp Services

  • Convert sketches into 3D models
  • Planting plans/ libraries
  • Renderings
  • Presentation visuals
  • Construction drawings
  • Planning applications
  • Show garden illustrations and construction
  • Modelling buildings from survey information and photographs

Need a course to suit you…

If you would like to receive training in SketchUp, at any level and the scheduled courses do not meet your requirements then please get in touch. We can run a bespoke course to suit, at your venue, whether a kitchen table, lounge table or design office!

Call the office to discuss dates available

Please note:
Attendance on a course will be confirmed following payment.
Courses will be run with a min of 2 and a max of 5 people. If the minimum number is not achieved, we reserve the right to reschedule the date.
Refunds will only be given if the course is cancelled / rescheduled by us. If attendance of a course is cancelled, no refund will be given.