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Selecting and moving objects

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Video: Selecting and moving objects

Now let's start interacting with objects in SketchUp.

Selecting and moving objects

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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SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 17s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
      38s
    4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
      1m 14s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Interface basics
      2m 9s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 0s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      1m 47s
    4. Creating camera views
      1m 49s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      2m 48s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      2m 38s
    7. Creating scenes
      1m 57s
    8. Using the toolbars
      1m 32s
  3. 11m 27s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      2m 59s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      3m 55s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      2m 28s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      2m 5s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      3m 27s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      2m 24s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      2m 15s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 17s
    5. Creating arcs
      1m 27s
    6. Eraser tools
      1m 39s
    7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      2m 43s
    8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      2m 5s
    9. Using the Follow Me tool
      1m 19s
    10. Creating 3D text
      2m 12s
    11. Softening round edges
      3m 30s
  5. 14m 0s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
      3m 23s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      5m 30s
    3. Creating sections
      2m 0s
    4. Creating labels
      1m 59s
    5. Dimensioning
      1m 8s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      2m 15s
    2. Working with layers
      2m 37s
    3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
      3m 8s
    4. Hiding and unhiding objects
      1m 55s
    5. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 8s
  7. 15m 14s
    1. The Component window
      3m 45s
    2. Creating components
      3m 5s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      2m 46s
    4. Using the Component Options window
      4m 20s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 18s
  8. 27m 47s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      2m 26s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 59s
    3. Editing materials
      3m 33s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 44s
    5. Mapping textures interactively
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
      2m 16s
    7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
      4m 48s
    8. Mapping curved objects
      2m 37s
    9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
      2m 51s
  9. 8m 29s
    1. Applying styles
      1m 54s
    2. Creating styles
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
      1m 48s
    4. Basic animation
      2m 38s
  10. 10s
    1. Next steps
      10s

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