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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.
There are many ways to organize objects in Sketch Up. Probably the simplest way is to group them. So here we have a slightly complex object that's comprised of a lot of different surfaces. But if I select it I'm just selecting each of those individual surfaces or edges. I'm not really selecting the whole thing. If I wanted to select the whole thing I'd have to go through make sure I left- click and Rubber Band Select the whole thing and then I can work with it. But anytime I click off of it, then I have to go back to that mode and make sure I select everything in that group.
Now if I didn't, if I only selected part of it, then I might get some errors. So probably the easier way to do this, is to group the object as one, so you can just select it much easier. They way we do that is we select what we want to group. In this case, the house. And then we go Edit > Make Group. Once we do, notice how it draws a bounding box around that object. Now once I have this grouped, all I have to do is just click on any part of the object an it selects everything in, the group.
Now once I have it grouped I can move, rotate, scale. I can do really anything to this object, and SketchUp will treat it as one object. Now there are times when you'll want to go in and edit the group, and all you have to do is just select the object and then double-left-click, and you're in the group. Notice how the bounding box turns gray, and that means that the group is open, and I can actually go in and start editing parts of the group. So if I wanted to move this window around I could. And then I can close a group simply by double-clicking outside of there.
So, if I double-click here, it deselects the group. So I can select the group, double-click to open the group, double-click outside to close the group. Now, if you've grouped something and you don't want it to be grouped, you can get rid of that by exploding it. So we can do it one of two ways. We can do Edit>Group Explode. But there's also a right-click menu which is probably easier. If you right-click over it, you can just hit Explode here. So we can go, Explode, and there we go. And now it's ungrouped.
So, those are some of the basics of grouping, and you can see how this would be valuable in organizing your scenes.
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