Note from your Tutor:
Over the last two years, I have built nearly 1000 3D models in sketchup, and as they say, practice makes perfect - or at least, it makes you a LOT better!!
I have picked up new techniques, amazing new plugins, and created a much easier way to follow my tutorials. Building 100’s of models has also helped me improve the flow and efficiency - which is quite important especially when time is of the essence. I can now build most models within an hour, which is quite an improvement from a few years ago - when a difficult model could take me 5+ hours to create.
It was important that I share and update my tutorials, as all this knowledge acquired over the last few years had to be shared. I not only modeled 100’s of models, I spent hours online testing, learning, figuring out the best plugins and techniques needed to model what interior designers like you will need to know.
This updated course covers the most requested items I am hired to model: Lighting is one of the most popular objects and surprisingly, also the easiest and fastest to model.
Next on the list of frequency are barstools, tables (coffee, end, and dining tables), mirrors, and kitchen hoods. I purposely don’t cover sofas as many models can easily be found online, yet with the tools given, you will be able to create them as well.
Within the course, I touch on most important things and techniques that you will need to know. It is up to you to practice and learn how to implement these tools in your models. The more you practice, the better you will be, and the easier it will be for you to understand how to apply what you have learned to each specific model. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. And as always, if in a bind, please reach out to me in the comments, and I will help you solve the mysteries of sketchup.
In the tutorials, I will show you how to use plugins to model almost anything you need to show in your rendering and in your elevation views. I always try to find the easiest, simplest, and fastest way to create a 3D model. Instead of hiring someone like me to model an item for you, you can save quite a bit of money and learn how to do it yourself.
I guarantee you that with a little practice you too will soon be able to create almost any type of furniture in sketchup with ease.
Sonja Capasso, LEED ID+C
Owner of Capasso + Co.
After obtaining a degree in interior design, I had been hired by multiple designers to help them with renderings and AutoCAD drafting. Because I am meticulous and a perfectionist, AND I loved technical design and technical drawings, most of my clients were repeat clients. I quickly realized that this is the part of interior design I was supposed to be doing, and while I was struggling to build my interior design business, my drafting and rendering business flourished.
This was quite a revelation, and I shifted my design career to a full time drafting and rendering artist. In order to advance in my field, I added additional skills to my repertoire. I now offer drafting and rendering with Chief Architect, Photoshop, and advanced Sketchup 3D modeling.
I had a privilege and honor to work with over 30 interior designers from all over the United States.
I reside in Northwestern CT with my husband of almost 20 years, and two beautiful Doberman girls.
"Sonja is extremely knowledgeable about Sketchup and interior design in general. She’s very detail-oriented and patient. I was lucky to have a few Sketchup tutoring sessions with her while in college. She helped me a lot! It was great to have somebody with her knowledge helping me on my final project! Thanks again Sonja!" - Pauline Lapierre
"I am so grateful for the knowledge and experience Sonja shares in her course! She has such a relaxed and easy way of teaching how to work more efficiently. Her tips save time and have made me so more efficient overall. This investment in your business will save you and your team hours of time trying to figure this out for yourself. Start creating better representations of the products you want to specify and really wow your clients." - Melinda Mullen, Allied ASID, Melinda Mullen Design, LLC
Each course provides Interior Designers the ability to advance their Sketchup Pro skills via lessons specifically tailored to the industry's graphic and rendering standards, as implemented and further developed by Sonja Capasso.
- Basic Modeling
- Tufted Chair
- Complex 3D Modeling
- Modeling Chandeliers
- Custom Hood with Rivets
- Bent Objects
- All about Fabrics
- BONUS: Seamless Texture in Photoshop
*DISCLAIMER: You have to have access to Sketchup PRO in order to follow the tutorials. Sketchup FREE has limited functions and you will not be able to download any of the extensions.
*DISCLAIMER: While we teach this as a tool for Interior Designers, it is the responsibility of the Student to meet all purchasing and licensure agreements as required by Sketchup Trimble Software.
*DISCLAIMER: Kelly Fridline Design LLC Subsidiaries and it's Affiliates are not affiliated with Trimble. "Trimble", "Trimble SketchUP", and "Trimble LayOut" are registered trademarks of Trimble, Inc.