# Drawing circles and polygons

## Video: Drawing circles and polygons

Now let's take a look at circles and polygons in LayOut. The Circle tools are here. We have basically just a circle and an Ellipse and they are pretty straightforward. So the Circle tool, you just click-and-drag and you can define the radius and if you want to, you can also type in that radius. So if I want 2 inch circle I can just type 2 and then it will create that. And again with the rectangle, double- clicking will just repeat the last one that you created. Now the next one is the Ellipse and again you just click-and-drag and you can pretty much intuitively see how this works.

## Drawing circles and polygons

Now let's take a look at circles and polygons in LayOut. The Circle tools are here. We have basically just a circle and an Ellipse and they are pretty straightforward. So the Circle tool, you just click-and-drag and you can define the radius and if you want to, you can also type in that radius. So if I want 2 inch circle I can just type 2 and then it will create that. And again with the rectangle, double- clicking will just repeat the last one that you created. Now the next one is the Ellipse and again you just click-and-drag and you can pretty much intuitively see how this works.

Basically what you're defining is you are defining a rectangle within which the ellipse resides. So if I want to, I can just type the width and the height of the ellipse and just create it almost like a rectangle. So if I did for example, 2 wide by 3 height, 2,3, hit Enter, you'll get that particular ellipse. In fact if I put that up against the grid paper, you can see it's 1, 2 wide by 2 height. So it's basically the bounding rectangle that contains that ellipse.

Now, polygons are little bit different so if you create a polygon it's almost like creating a circle. You basically just find your start point and then drag out and again, you can just type in a radius. So if I wanted 3 inch pentagon, I can just type that in. If you use the Up and Down Arrows, you can actually change the number of sides. So I can go from 5 sided up to 6, 7, 8 or back down to 3 or 4.

Now if you want to change the sides while you create, you can also just type in the number of sides. So, for example, if I click-and-drag and create this pentagon, which is the default, I can just make it into an octagon just by hitting the number 8 and then the letter S for sides, so 8 sides, hit Enter and now it's an eight-sided object. Now once I've created one eight-sided object, every subsequent object will also be eight-sided until I change it.

So for example, if I do this and I do three-sided now I am creating triangles. So as you can see circles and polygons are very easy to create. You can type in the dimensions of any of these as well as for polygons the number of sides.

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

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1. ### Introduction

3m 33s
1. Welcome
1m 4s
2. Using the exercise files
24s
3. Important Mac and PC differences
2m 5s
2. ### 1. Working with Dynamic Components

9m 41s
1. The Component Options window
3m 32s
2. Using the Interact tool
1m 54s
3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
4m 15s
3. ### 2. Creating Dynamic Components

1h 6m
1. Using the Component Attributes window
4m 46s
2. Exposing component attributes
6m 0s
3. Creating a drop-down list
8m 42s
4. Creating dynamic materials
8m 29s
5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
2m 10s
6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
4m 54s
7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
6m 11s
8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
4m 0s
9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
8m 18s
5m 25s
4m 10s
3m 45s
4. ### 3. LayOut 2.0

39m 37s
1. The LayOut interface
2m 56s
2. Drawing lines and arcs
4m 33s
3. Drawing rectangles
2m 22s
4. Drawing circles and polygons
2m 31s
5. Modifying line styles and color
3m 2s
6. Working with text
3m 0s
7. Inserting SketchUp models
4m 33s
8. Manipulating SketchUp models
3m 30s
9. Working with dimensions
2m 17s
10. Arranging and grouping objects
3m 5s
11. Creating scrapbooks
3m 11s
12. Creating presentations
2m 40s
13. Exporting and printing
1m 57s
5. ### 4. Creating Styles with Style Builder

6m 40s
1. The Style Builder interface
2m 5s
2. Working with strokes
4m 35s
6. ### 5. Importing and Exporting

19m 15s
6m 37s
2. Importing other 3D objects
3m 14s
3. Exporting objects
4m 38s
4. Exporting objects for rendering
4m 46s

19s
1. Goodbye
19s

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