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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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