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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
We can also create arcs in SketchUp using the arc tool. We have, under Draw, we have an arc tool here. It's also here. Now, the arc tool is really very simple. We can left-click and drag out the base of the arc. And then, left-click again to set the base. And then the second drag pulls out the arc itself. Do we want the arc to be along the green axis? Or the blue axis? And again we can hold down the Shift key to lock that.
And then once we set the arc, we can left-click again and choose set it in place. Now if you want, you can snap. So, if I want to I can snap from this end point to this end point, and drag this along green, and now I'll have this arc here. If I wanted to, I could select my line tool, and draw in the middle, and once I have that, now I've got actual faces, once all of this is connected. Now, with the arc tool, we also just like with the line tool, we do have a number of sides here, so if I wanted to, I could reduce the number of sides, or increase it.
So, let's say I only wanted, say, six sides. I can drag this out and again if I drag up or out I will now only get six sides to that arc. Now again you can use this tool with other tools such as the line tool to create additional geometry.
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