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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.
Let's take a look at the Push/Pull tool. This is actually one of the more fun and handy tools that you'll find in SketchUp, and what it does is it takes a flat face and it pulls it into a 3D object. So it's kind of like an extrude tool. So let's go ahead and get started. I'm going to go ahead and delete this person out. I'm going to select them and hit the Delete key. And then let's go ahead and start with a rectangle. So I'm just going to create a rectangle on my ground plane here and let's get that centered.
Now the Push/Pull tool can be found in two places, you can find it under the tools menu, under Push/Pull, the hotkey is P, or you can find it here on the toolbar. So However, you select it, it is fine, and it brings up the icon that represents the Push/Pull tool. Now all you have to do is hover over the face, notice when I hover over this face it highlights, and then left-click and drag. When I drag, I pull, and what I've done is I have pulled that face into a 3D shape.
I can continue to use the Push/Pull tool, just hit P and I can use it as a scaling tool. So if I wanted to, I could scale up or down all of these walls and so on and so forth or another way to use it is to add geometry. So in that case you have to hold down the Ctrl key and notice how the plus sign comes up and then just left-click and drag and this adds additional geometry. Now once I have some divisions in my object, I can use those as places to push and pull as well.
So I don't always have to hit Ctrl to add additional geometry. So if I want, I can pull this out and create maybe a little bit porch or something like that, but if I go up here this will size up and down that's because it doesn't really have any borders on it. Now in addition to this, you can push and pull by numbers, so let's go ahead and make some stairs. So I'm going to just take a line here towards the bottom and just draw a line across my edge here, and then select this lower face.
Now if I want, I can select my Push/Pull tool, hit the letter P, and then pull this out. Now if I want, I can be very specific, notice how the distance it's been pulled out is indicated here. So let's say I wanted to pull it out by 2 feet. All I have to do is type in 2 feet, hit Enter, and that will make it exactly 2 feet. So if I want to make another step, all I have to do is just draw a line here from Midpoint to Midpoint and then select this face and then go into the Push/Pull tool again.
Now before I actually pull this face out, remember the last time I actually typed in the number 2 feet. SketchUp actually remembers this, so all I have to do now is double-click on this, and it will repeat the last operation, so, whenever I double-click, it'll give me another 2 feet. So even if I clicked on this wall, it will make that wall 2 feet wider. So that's kind of a handy thing to know, In fact, I'm going to push this back a little bit here. The Push/Pull tool can also be used to create cavities and that sort of thing.
So I'm going to go ahead and create a little doorway, so I'm going to select the Rectangle tool and just draw on this face something resembling a doorway. Then I'm going to hit my Spacebar select that face and then go into my Push/Pull tool and I can push that in. So that's kind of a good way to create cavities, holes, that sort of thing. I can also do it the opposite way. So let's go up here, I am going to create something like a patio, so I am going to draw a rectangle here, select the outside face, and Again, go to the Push/Pull tool, and then I can pull that up this way.
So you can see this is a very easy way to interactively build stuff. So we can just keep going with this. We can select the Line tool and just sketch out an outline here, so I'm just drawing some lines to connect this, and then just go ahead and use the Eraser tool to delete these, click that, that and that. And then just go and hit my Spacebar, go into Select mode and then hit hole, and now I've got the edge of a patio, okay.
So, you can see how it's very easy to kind of sketch out your building. So let's say we wanted to make a roof for this. Let's just do one more little thing here. So I'm going to select my Push/Pull tool, hit Ctrl, and add some geometry here. So now I'm going to go ahead and select this face here and let's just pull this out by say 18 inches, so I'm just typing in the number 18, and then all I have to do is double-click here and it adds another 18, double-click here and one more time.
So now I have an 18 inch overhang on that roof. So as you can see the Push/Pull tool is highly interactive and it's a very easy way to add and create geometry within a SketchUp model. So all we did here was we started with a rectangle and just by pushing and pulling faces, we've created an interesting shape. So go ahead and practice with the Push/Pull tool, you'll find it's really fun to play with.
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