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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 times when you'll want to see an object but not be able to move it, and this is called locking. And we can do this using the entity info window. So let's take a look at this. Let's say we're working with this house and we want to start playing with stuff in the yard but we've got this fence in the way. And we want to still have the fence visible but we don't want to select or move the fence. So what I can do is I can select one or more fence objects here and simply right-click above them and go into our entity info window.
And you'll notice here we have an option here called locked. So if I select that, notice how it turns red. Now once I get out of this, so you see I can select and move the fence here but I can't do it here. If I click above this and try to move it, it won't let me. You see it gets a little no sign here. I can move that. I can move this, this, I can move anything in the scene but that fence, and this is because it's locked. I can select the fence, but I can't move it, or rotate it, or do anything else with it.
Now, if we go into our outliner, you'll see that this fence has a different icon here. This one here is a group, this one is a lock. So you can see that this is locked. Now if I wanted to, I could lock all of the fencing. All I have to do is Shift+Select in my outliner. Select all of those objects there, and again, right-click, go in to edit the info, and I can lock multiple ones. Now, notice how one of these is locked but the other ones aren't, so this shows gray. Now I can unlock them or lock them. So, if I lock them, they all turn red.
Unlock them all, they all turn blue. Now, notice how, in the outliner, how their icon changes. That's locked, this is unlocked. So if I lock them all, close this out. Now, when I go to move things, I don't get to move anything on the fence. But I can move everything else in the yard. So, those are some of the basics of locking objects in SketchUp. And this can be very handy for locking down your scenes so that other people don't move things around.
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