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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.
Now let's take a look at one more tool and that's called Lock and Unlock and it's really very straightforward tool. The Lock function allows you to lock an object, so you can't move it, rotate it or scale it; basically just kind of freezes that object in place. So if I were select one of these houses, I can just go into Edit > Lock and when you do that notice how it turns red. Now there is another place you can get to it and that's through the context-sensitive menu.
So if I select this other house and I right-click over it, you can see how I have a Lock option here as well. So now these two objects are locked and you can tell because they are bright red and then everything else is unlocked. What Lock does is it prevents us from moving an object. So if I were to select the Move tool, I can very easily move this house around but if I were to try to move this object it says Nothing selected, In fact, it gives me an error message.
So this tells me that the object is locked. Now another thing I want to show is how it works in the Outliner. So in the Outliner you can see that I have two houses that are locked and you can tell by the little lock icon in the bottom right. You can see how the actual boxes are little grayed down and has a lock on it. So if I want I can select either one of these and I can unlock. Now when you unlock you can do it in a couple of ways. One is you can right-click over it and just do Unlock.
Another way is to use the Edit menu. So if I select this house, go Edit > Unlock, I can either do the Selected object or unlock everything. So those are some of the basics of Lock and Unlock and you can see how handy they are. Very handy when you're working with complex scenes and you want to make sure that you don't accidentally move some objects while you're working on others.
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