My Video Training Products

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SketchUp: Exteriors from Photos

This course takes you step-by-step through how to use SketchUp to create a texture-mapped 3D model of building exteriors using photos. Learn how to leverage photo-matching features to enhance and evolve a model from several vantage points. Scott Onstott demonstrates how to rough in building volumes and roof slopes, handle complex roof scenarios, adjust the model to match perspectives, work with textures, use a library of materials and more.
Duration: 2 hrs 47 min

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SketchUp: Shadow Studies

Shadow studies are essential, as the play of light and shadow on architectural surfaces informs aesthetic perceptions, correlates with solar heat gain, affects how we use public spaces, impacts neighboring properties and influences why we might chose a particular site. In this course, learn how to approach shadow studies using SketchUp, the popular 3D modeling application.
Duration: 51 min

Unity 2017: Architectural Visualization

Want to explore architectural models like you do video games? Learn to create architectural visualizations in Unity 2017, the free and full-featured game engine that enables you to turn 3D models into interactive experiences deployed across the web, desktop, mobile, TV and more.
Duration: 2 hrs 21 min

SketchUp: Rendering Using Twilight

Twilight is a rendering plugin for SketchUp. This course explains how to work with Twilight V2 to prepare and optimize 3D models, materials, lighting and environments for photo-realistic rendering, post-processing and animation—all within SketchUp.
Duration: 2 hrs 29 min

SketchUp: Bathroom Remodel

In addition to boosting the resale value of your home, remodeling your bathroom can help you see your living space in a new, more positive light. In this course, learn how to use SketchUp—the easy-to-use 3D modeling software—to input your existing bathroom and remodel it in 3D using ten of the hottest remodeling trends. Throughout the course, Scott Onstott explains how to use ready-made fixtures from the 3D Warehouse. He shows how to design a floating vanity with vessel sinks, source a freestanding bath and rainshower, build a double-sided fireplace and more.
Duration: 2 hrs 16 min

SketchUp: Kitchen Design

Have you been thinking about renovating your kitchen? Design the kitchen of your dreams with SketchUp. This course teaches you how to design a new kitchen that fits your existing space using “the easiest, most fun, entirely free 3D drawing tool in the world.” Scott Onstott shows how to model and demolish your current kitchen to make room for the new design, and start adding new cabinets, counters, appliances, fixtures, and lighting, as well as modern, must-have features such as a standalone island. Along the way, you’ll learn how to work with SketchUp’s layers, groups, components, styles, scenes, and ready-made models from the 3D Warehouse. All you need to get started is to download a free copy of SketchUp.
Duration: 1 hr 40 min

SketchUp: The Ultimate Man-Cave or She-Shed Design

We all want a room to call our own. Personal structures like man caves and she sheds give you a hideaway from life stresses. Do you want a light and airy garden structure to curl up with a good book or to enjoy conversation with a friend, or would a lounge with a minibar where you can watch the game while working on your motorcycle be your idea of a good time? SketchUp, “the easiest, most fun, entirely free 3D drawing tool in the world,” is the perfect program to design your unique space. Join Scott Onstott in this course, as he shows how to model an existing structure like a garage and transform it into a personal sanctuary with SketchUp’s intuitive 3D toolset. Discover how to model walls, doors, windows, furniture, and even a private bathroom, and finesse your design with lighting and shading.
Duration: 1 hr 40 min

SketchUp: Modeling from Photos

Not sure which modern furniture will mesh with your living room design? With SketchUp, a 3D modeling program, you can take your architectural and material design ideas from your head to your screen. In this course, instructor Scott Onstott shows you how to use the free version of SketchUp to explore possible design scenarios using photos and 3D models. Scott explains how to match SketchUp’s coordinate system to the perspective implied in multiple photographs, allowing you to use photos to create 3D models. He demonstrates how to model objects like fireplaces, windows, doors, and walls from photo models, alter photo textures in SketchUp and retouch them in Photoshop, and model new textured objects. He also illustrates how to use a combination of layers, scenes, and materials to explore design alternatives.
Duration: 1 hr 23 min

Designing a Tiny House with SketchUp

Whether you are a tiny home aficionado or just want to improve your SketchUp modeling skills, this course will help you build an entire home on wheels—with many clever space-saving features and a scope to keep you interested and challenged. In this course, author Scott Onstott shows step-by-step how to build a tiny house, including every virtual stud, sheet of plywood, and appliance going into the project. Along the way, he explores SketchUp features such as components, groups, layers, and textures. By building a house in SketchUp in this detailed manner, you can work out any unforeseen spatial conflicts in the design and virtually eliminate construction problems before you are in the field.
Duration: 5 hr 24 min


3ds Max for Design Visualization

If you want to visualize and sell your product, architectural, engineering, or landscaping designs to your clients before they are built, then 3ds Max is the tool for you. Learn how to use this incredibly sophisticated 3D modeling and rendering program to visualize almost anything you can imagine. In this course, author Scott Onstott shows you how to build walls, doors, windows, stairs, railings, moldings, cloth, pottery, furniture, grass, trees, landscapes, and much more, using splines, modifiers, Booleans, and NURBS modeling. You’ll also learn to texture-map objects, light them with both direct and indirect illumination, place virtual cameras, render, and animate scenes.
Duration: 4 hr 21 min


AutoCAD 2016 Essential Training

Scott Onstott has been using AutoCAD for 24 years and has witnessed its evolution into the most popular industry-standard computer-aided drafting and design application. This course is your detailed introduction to the 2016 version of AutoCAD. Scott begins with the basics of the user interface and leads you step-by-step to learning how to draw the kind of precise, measured 2D drawings that form the basis of design communication the world over. Along the way, you’ll learn how to create and modify geometry, layers, blocks, attributes, dimensions, layouts, and how to share your drawings with others.
Duration: 8 hr 46 min


AutoCAD 2015 Essential Training

Scott Onstott has been using AutoCAD for 24 years and has witnessed its evolution into the world-leading application for computer-aided drafting and design. You too can harness its power and start creating detailed CAD drawings, whatever your field: design, architecture, or engineering. In this in-depth course, Scott shows you how to draw precise, measured 2D drawings—the basis of design communication the world over. Then he shows how to create and modify geometry, layers, blocks, attributes, dimensions, and layouts, and finally, how to start sharing your drawings with others.
Duration: 8 hrs 28 min


3D Surface Model Design with AutoCAD

You can model almost any form imaginable with AutoCAD’s surface toolset. In this project-based course, Scott Onstott teaches you all the techniques required to solve complex modeling challenges in AutoCAD, while focusing on an innovative ebike design. Learn to create each 3D component of the bicycle model, including its frame, belt-tensioner mechanism, drivetrain, electric-assist power components, brakes, wheels, axels, hubs, spokes, handlebars, and even the bicycle seat. The techniques (which can be applied to other mechanical models) cover extruding profiles, lofting 2D cross sections, revolving profiles around an axis, filleting edges, smoothing meshes into organic forms, and sculpting complex NURBS surfaces.
Duration: 3 hrs 41 min


3D Architectural Modeling with AutoCAD

Take your drawings from 2D to 3D with AutoCAD. Author Scott Onstott helps build your AutoCAD 2015 skills, one video at a time. You’ll learn to extrude 2D plans into solid objects, cut out wall openings and add doors and windows, build 3D staircases, and model a complex roof surface. You’ll also discover how to create a 3D tower and sculpt the surrounding landscape with NURBS surfaces. At the end of this course, you’ll have modeled a complete 3D town hall based on an archetypal midcentury design.
Duration: 3 hrs 12 min


Documenting AutoCAD 3D Models

AutoCAD has several different methods available for projecting 2D drawings from 3D models. Join author Scott Onstott as he explores each of these methods, including projecting 2D drawings in model space and using viewports to view a model from various angles in paper space. The course’s main focus is AutoCAD’s advanced model-documentation features, which allow you to project plans, elevations, sections, and details from a 3D model directly onto layouts.
Duration: 1 hr 0 min


Working with Dimensions in AutoCAD

For designs to be precisely built and manufactured, technical drawings need to show dimensions indicating measured lengths and angles, and in some cases geometric tolerances must be specified. In this AutoCAD training course, author Scott Onstott shows you how to create linear, aligned, angular, radial, diameter, continued, baseline, ordinate, and tolerance dimensions so you can precisely annotate any design. Plus, learn how to edit dimension styles, create sub-styles, temporarily override styles, control dimensional associativity, fine-tune dimension text, label features with multileaders, and much more.
Duration: 1 hr 4 min


Creating Sheet Sets with AutoCAD

Build a sheet set from scratch and take advantage of all the automatic drawing-, sheet-, and callout-coordination functionality that AutoCAD has to offer. Scott Onstott teaches you not only how to use a sheet set, but also how to customize its templates and the dynamic attributed blocks and linked fields that automatically fill in relevant data from your sheets. By building intelligence into your drawings using AutoCAD sheet sets in this way, you’ll never have drawing-coordination problems again—and that could mean fewer requests for information from your clients.
Duration: 1 hr 26 min


Designing Dynamic Blocks in AutoCAD

Build intelligence into your AutoCAD drawings with dynamic blocks. Dynamic blocks allow you to quickly change the shape, size, position, orientation, and visibility of objects in blocks according to parameters and constraints that you define ahead of time. In this course, author Scott Onstott shows step-by-step how to build everything from static blocks to complex dynamic blocks that include parameters, actions, and geometric and dimensional constraints with preset attributes driven by fields. Once you have built and refined dynamic blocks, you will learn several methods to share your masterpieces with colleagues.
Duration: 1 hr 5 min


Photoshop for Architects: CC Edition

This course is for anyone that uses photos, 2D drawings and 3D models to communicate their design intentions. You will start out by learning the fundamentals of digital imaging, and will then develop photos in Camera Raw, learn how to work non-destructively to leave your creative options open, and expand dynamic range for added realism. This training course will teach you techniques to enhance AutoCAD drawings using Photoshop so that your plans can convey color, texture, and shadow. Finally, you will follow along with Scott to produce a short video by positioning a camera and cross sectional plane in a 3D model.
Duration: 5 hrs 15 min


Learning SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D modeling program that is unique in how intuitive it is that most people agree that it is actually fun to use. Although it is easy to learn the basics in SketchUp so you can start modeling right away, mastering the subtleties and complexities of SketchUp takes a bit more time and attention and that is where Learning SketchUp can greatly assist you. You will be able to model anything you can imagine with SketchUp and the plethora of Ruby scripts that are covered in this video-DVD training. Ruby scripts are free third-party tools that extend the functionality of SketchUp with additional tools and capabilities.
Duration: 7 hrs 30 min

Learning AutoCAD 2013

Learning AutoCAD 2013

If you’re looking to quickly become proficient in computer-aided design, this course is for you. No experience is necessary to go from absolute beginner to confidently creating accurate 2D drawings and 3D models. After getting comfortable with the AutoCAD interface you will learn fundamental skills and apply them to real-world practice projects. Then, if you like, you can move on to more advanced topics like dimensioning, working with data and attributes, and using constraints. This course is produced in association with my publisher Sybex, an imprint of Wiley.
Duration: 7 hrs 25 min

Up and Running with 3D in AutoCAD

Up and Running with 3D in AutoCAD

If you’re comfortable with 2D drawing in AutoCAD and ready to start creating and designing three-dimensional models, this workshop from AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott is for you. You’ll learn about 3D navigation and wireframe, surface, and solid modeling techniques; designing and assigning materials; placing natural and artificial lights; and configuring both direct and global illumination rendering parameters to create photorealistic renderings. With the 3D techniques you learn in this course, you’ll be ready to bring your designs one step closer to reality.
Duration: 2 hrs 35 min


AutoCAD 2013 Customization Techniques

AutoCAD Customization Techniques

In this workshop, expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to modify AutoCAD to better fit the way you work. He begins by showing you how to create a complex dynamic block that uses multiple visibility states, parameters, and actions so that one dynamic block can do the job of many static blocks. Then you’ll learn how to configure physical output devices, edit command aliases, and create custom panels and linetypes. Finally you will learn how to automate repetitive tasks with action macros, scripts, and Lisp routines to craft tools for increased productivity.
Duration: 1 hr 40 min

AutoCAD 2013 Data Management Workshop

AutoCAD 2013 Data Management Workshop

In this workshop, AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to build intelligence into drawing objects so that the symbols used in your drawings carry meaning beyond simple geometric representations. You will learn how to embed manufacturer, model, and pricing data into commonly used blocks; create invisible attributes that embed data in geometry without it appearing in the drawing area; and use field codes to display information from AutoCAD’s database inside text objects. You’ll also learn how to format, edit, and extract attribute data for use in external spreadsheets and/or for display within tables in AutoCAD drawings.
Duration: 1 hr 15 min

Legacy Products

My independent DVD-ROM and CD-ROM products included:

  • 3ds Max for Architects (20.8 hours)
  • 3ds Max Foundation (13.5 hours)
  • Photoshop for Architects: CS3 Extended Edition (20.5 hours)
  • Photoshop for Architects (5.6 hours)
  • Learning Architectural Desktop 2006  (14.5 hours)
  • Learning AutoCAD 2002 Level 1 (8 hours)
  • AutoCAD 3D Modeling Level 2 (6 hours)
  • Learning Autodesk Revit 5 (9 hours)
  • Learning Autodesk VIZ 4 (7.5 hours)

Scott Onstott's DVD-ROMs and CD-ROMs