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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.
Now let's start interacting with objects in SketchUp. Now we're first going to learn how to select and move objects. So we have a very simple scene here with a couple of different objects. Now if we want to select them, we can use the Select tool here, we'll find it on our toolbar, or if you go into Tools, you'll see it's Select. And the hotkey for that is space. So whenever you hit the space bar, it always go back to the Select tool. Now once I have the Select tool open, I can just left click on any object to select it.
Now, notice how it highlights in blue. If I want to select multiple objects, all I have to do is Shift and select. If I keep the Shift key held down, I can toggle objects on or off. Now, I can also left-click and drag, and rubber band select multiple objects. Now, clicking off of the objects de-selects them. Now, if I want to move objects, I can use the Move tool. Again, it's under Tools > Move. The hot key is M. You can also find it here in the toolbar.
So once you select the Move tool, you can actually select, and once you've selected it you can start moving the object. So if I click on and object, I can move it. Now notice how it will start to snap to individual axes. In SketchUp we have three axes. We have red, green, and blue, or X, Y, and Z. And we can move our objects wherever we want, but if we want to actually precisely move them, we can move them along an axis.
Now if you select an object and move it, notice how it's kind of trying to snap to these axes. And they'll tell you, it's on the red axis. Oh, it's on the blue axis. It's on the green axis. And if you snap to the proper axis that you want, all you have to do is hold down the Shift key. And notice how that gets bold. And now it will only move along that axis. So if I want to move it along green, I hold down the Shift key, find green, hold down the Shift key and then let go. If I want to move this along the blue axis, I find the blue axis, hold down the Shift key and I can move it up or down. And again, the same here.
If I move this object and I find the red axis again, Shift key will enable it to move only along that axis. So one of the things you can do, is you can also move multiple objects. So if you hit the space bar and select multiple objects, you can move them all at once. And again, they will snap to the axis, that you want. Now typically the workflow for SketchUp is to basically move it one axis at a time. If you want to move something back move it along the X-axis, and then move it along the Y.
Another easy way to move them is to use orthographic view. So if you use a top view with parallel projection, it's a lot easier to move things horizontally along the ground. So those are some of the basics of the Move tool. Go ahead and practice, get used to it, and then we'll move on.
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