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Advanced selection tools

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Video: Advanced selection tools

Let's go ahead and look at some more ways to select edges and faces within SketchUp. Up to this point we have learned how to Shift select, how to rubberband select individual edges and faces, but there are some additional tools that will aid in selection within more complex objects. So let me show you some of those. We can certainly select just by clicking on edges or Shift-clicking on multiple edges. We've learned how to do that, but there are some additional options. So let me click on the edge that's the peak of this roof here, and if you want to, you can go into the Edit menu and you can see that a little Edge option pops up here and if we go to Select we've got three options here: Connected Faces, All Connected, and All On Same Layer.

Advanced selection tools

Let's go ahead and look at some more ways to select edges and faces within SketchUp. Up to this point we have learned how to Shift select, how to rubberband select individual edges and faces, but there are some additional tools that will aid in selection within more complex objects. So let me show you some of those. We can certainly select just by clicking on edges or Shift-clicking on multiple edges. We've learned how to do that, but there are some additional options. So let me click on the edge that's the peak of this roof here, and if you want to, you can go into the Edit menu and you can see that a little Edge option pops up here and if we go to Select we've got three options here: Connected Faces, All Connected, and All On Same Layer.

Now this is one place where you can find it, I like going through the right-click menu. So if you have a two- button mouse, you can select that edge, right-click and a contact sensitive menu will appear. Now this gives you some additional options, which we will go through as we go through some of these. But the one I want to go to right now is Select. So if we do Select > Connected Faces, what this will do is select the faces that are connected to this edge. So if we had multiple edges connected, let's go ahead and zoom out here. If I selected say the peak and the valley of this roof and then I right-click, I could select All Connected Faces and what it will do is select any face connected to those edges.

Now that's one option. The other option is to select anything that's connected to that edge. So that means anything that's even remotely connected. So it walks through the entire model. Let's go ahead and do this, and it selects anything connected to that edge which is basically everything but the doors and windows which are built by components and also the little guy on the inside, it doesn't select him because he is not connected either.

So that's another one. The third one in that menu is All on the same layer, now we are going to get into Layers a little but later, but what this does is it selects any object or any edge and face that is on the existing layer or the active layer, and we will go through that in more detail as we get to Layers. Now there are also some additional options for selecting faces. So if I have a face selected, if you go into this Edit menu, notice how this changes the face and it gives me a Select option and we have some additional options. Again, we can get to this through the right- click menu. So if I select this, go right-click, I can select Bounding Edges, Connected Faces, very similar options. Let's look at what Bounding Edges does.

Selecting Bounding Edges basically just selects the edges that surround that face, or if we have a series of faces, let's say we select the whole roof, we go select Bounding Edges, it selects anything that bounce those particular faces. Now another way of selecting Bounding Edges is by double-clicking on a face. So if I select this face and double- click on it, you'll see how it selects the Bounding Edges as well. So double- click is another way to select Bounding Edges. Let's go ahead and select the face and right-click on it.

Some of the other options are All Connected Faces, which we've done. That selects any face that's remotely connected to it, and notice how it also selects the edges of the roof because the face protrudes in two dimensions rather than just one for the edges, and we can also do a Select > All Connected which is almost identical to selecting that for the edge. Now there are two more options and we'll get into these a little bit later, but I'll just show them to you. One is all on the same layer, which is identical to the one for the edges, and the next one is all with the same material. Now a face can have a material applied. So for example, a roof might have a shingle material applied while a wall might have a brick material applied.

So what you can do is you can select any face that has identical material. So you can select all the brick in the building or all the roofing material in the building and it'll select any face that has that applied. So those are some of the options and some of the additional ways for selecting multiple edges and faces within SketchUp. So let's go ahead and move on from here.

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Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 31s
    3. Tips for Mac users
      2m 32s
  2. 51m 22s
    1. Interface basics
      5m 54s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 28s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      4m 21s
    4. Creating camera views
      4m 36s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      6m 44s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      4m 35s
    7. Creating scenes
      2m 24s
    8. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 45s
    9. Scaling and rotating objects
      4m 14s
    10. Manipulating faces and edges
      3m 55s
    11. Advanced selection tools
      4m 26s
  3. 54m 6s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 25s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      4m 50s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 55s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 33s
    5. Creating arcs
      3m 46s
    6. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      8m 11s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      6m 14s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 49s
    9. Creating text
      2m 44s
    10. Softening round edges
      4m 19s
    11. Using construction tools to create guides
      4m 49s
    12. Creating sections
      1m 31s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Grouping objects
      4m 54s
    2. Creating components
      6m 37s
    3. The Component window
      5m 51s
    4. Working with layers
      4m 26s
    5. Creating layers
      4m 31s
    6. Using the Outliner
      6m 29s
    7. Hiding and unhiding objects
      4m 23s
    8. Locking and unlocking objects
      1m 44s
  5. 26m 5s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      1m 50s
    2. Applying materials
      4m 25s
    3. Editing materials
      4m 22s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 21s
    5. Mapping images
      3m 39s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 21s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      4m 13s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      2m 54s
  6. 26m 26s
    1. Applying styles
      3m 7s
    2. Creating styles
      6m 57s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 51s
    4. Basic animation
      4m 33s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 58s
  7. 17m 26s
    1. Contours
      6m 15s
    2. Creating terrain from scratch
      2m 56s
    3. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      2m 21s
    4. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  8. 17m 53s
    1. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      6m 56s
    2. Modeling in Photo Match
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting models to Google Earth
      5m 3s
  9. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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