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Line tool fundamentals

From: SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

Video: Line tool fundamentals

SketchUp is, first and foremost, a drawing program, so let's take a

Line tool fundamentals

SketchUp is, first and foremost, a drawing program, so let's take a look at some of the really basic drawing tools that SketchUp has. And we're going to start with the Line Tool, which is probably the core tool that you need to know, and so right here, it looks like a pencil. And if you go into the Draw menu here, you'll see we've got a number of tools here and Line is at the top. The hot key is L. Now however you select it, it will bring up this line tool. Now we basically draw a line by left clicking and dragging, and left clicking again.

So you left click, drag, and then you anchor it by left clicking again. So I'm going to go ahead and left click in my view port and start dragging. Now notice how when I drag around, it starts to snap to each one of the axis. So it snaps to the blue axis, the up and down axis, the red axis and the green axis. Now this is because SketchUp kind of wants you to draw along these lines. It helps you create things that are square. You don't have to do this, but it's always a good idea, when you're drawing a perspective, to know where these axes are.

So I'm going to snap this to the green axis, and if you want, you can hold down the Shift key, and notice how that gets bold, and that locks it to that green axis. Now, however I do that, if I left-click a second time, it locks down the line. So I left-click, drag, left-click again. Let's do that a little bit more quickly. I'm going to go ahead and left-click and drag along the red axis, and then anchor it down agian. Now, you can see that I have a red and a green, and that makes for a right angle. Now if I want I can drag out again.

Maybe this time along the green axis. But again I don't have to drag along axes. So, if I wanted to, I could drag, you know, at a diagonal and left click and you can see how now I've got something that's not exactly square. Now if I click on this again, you'll notice here I'm getting an additional snap here. I'm getting this kind of violet colored snap. And that's because it allows me to create things that are perpendicular. So if I click along that violet axis you'll see that I get kind of a right angle there.

Now if I click again, notice how it's starting to snap here along this point. So anytime I'm directly across from a point, it will snap to that, and it'll give me this red dotted line. So you can see here I've got a red dotted line here, here, and here, because SketchUp is telling me that it's directly across that point on the red axis. So, if I were to click on this, I could create a point that's directly across and then I could just drag along the red axis and click again.

When I finally close the shape, it will fill it in with a face. So there we have it. Now when you're drawing, you do want to try and snap to the axes. Otherwise, you're going to get into a lot of trouble, particularly if you are sketching in a perspective view. So for example, if I were to take this line and just draw it along any random sort of angle here. You could see that as I start to draw this, I have no idea where it's at. And so, you look at this and it looks cool from this angle, but then you go here, and you see it's all caddywhompus and kind of weird.

So if you draw, try to draw by snapping to the axes. It can really help you create things that are plainer and that connect together well.

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SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

56 video lessons · 9816 viewers

George Maestri

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  1. 3m 17s
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
    4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
      1m 14s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Interface basics
      2m 9s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 0s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      1m 47s
    4. Creating camera views
      1m 49s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      2m 48s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      2m 38s
    7. Creating scenes
      1m 57s
    8. Using the toolbars
      1m 32s
  3. 11m 27s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      2m 59s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      3m 55s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      2m 28s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      2m 5s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      3m 27s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      2m 24s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      2m 15s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 17s
    5. Creating arcs
      1m 27s
    6. Eraser tools
      1m 39s
    7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      2m 43s
    8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      2m 5s
    9. Using the Follow Me tool
      1m 19s
    10. Creating 3D text
      2m 12s
    11. Softening round edges
      3m 30s
  5. 14m 0s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
      3m 23s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      5m 30s
    3. Creating sections
      2m 0s
    4. Creating labels
      1m 59s
    5. Dimensioning
      1m 8s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      2m 15s
    2. Working with layers
      2m 37s
    3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
      3m 8s
    4. Hiding and unhiding objects
      1m 55s
    5. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 8s
  7. 15m 14s
    1. The Component window
      3m 45s
    2. Creating components
      3m 5s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      2m 46s
    4. Using the Component Options window
      4m 20s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 18s
  8. 27m 47s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      2m 26s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 59s
    3. Editing materials
      3m 33s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 44s
    5. Mapping textures interactively
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
      2m 16s
    7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
      4m 48s
    8. Mapping curved objects
      2m 37s
    9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
      2m 51s
  9. 8m 29s
    1. Applying styles
      1m 54s
    2. Creating styles
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
      1m 48s
    4. Basic animation
      2m 38s
  10. 10s
    1. Next steps

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