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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 go ahead, and start manipulating objects within SketchUp. We're first going to be working with the Select and Move tools. You can find them here under the tools palette. We have Select and Move. You can also find them here on the toolbar. We have Select here as well as Move. Now, the first thing we're going to work with is Select. One thing that's really important is that the hotkey for Select is the Spacebar. Now, this is one you really should remember because as you work with SketchUp you're going to be selecting a lot of objects and the Spacebar is a great way to reselect something, so you're maybe in the middle of an operation or rotating or moving something around and you want to get to another object, just reflexively tap the Spacebar to select.
So I'm going to go ahead and activate the Select tool and then just left-click on an object to select it. So I've selected the chair, and I can select the table, I can select the couch. If I want to deselect something, all I have to do is just click on nothing and that will deselect. If I want to Multiple Select Objects, all I have to do is hold down the Shift key. So I can select the chair. So if I hold down the Shift key, notice how the cursor changes to Plus, Minus and I can left-click on the table to select that and select the couch.
Now, if I want, I can also use this to deselect. So if I hold down the Shift key and select the table, I'm actually deselecting it. So you can toggle that on and off just by clicking on it. So you can select or deselect. Again, if you click outside, it will deselect everything. Now, if you want, you can also Multiple Select Objects just by clicking and dragging. So all I have to do is position my cursor up above here somewhere, left-click and drag, draw a box around everything and it's selected.
You can also deselect in this way. Hold down the Shift key and Again, left-click and drag to draw a box and you can deselect the objects as well. Once you select objects you want to do things with them. So let's go ahead and use the Move tool and show you how to move objects around. So I'm going to go ahead and select this chair. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and move my Viewport a little bit, so we can see this a little bit more clearly. And once I do that, all I have to do is activate the Move tool, or hit M on the keyboard, and then just left-click on the object and you can move it around.
Now one of the problems you have with moving an object just randomly like this is that you really don't know where you're moving it. We're actually working in 3D space. So when I move an object, I don't know if I'm moving it up, down, back and forth, left or right, because we actually have a flat 2D screen and we have to manipulate 3D space. One of the things I want you to know about SketchUp is that it does have three axes and let's go ahead and take a look at these.
We have the red axis, the green axis and the blue axis. So anybody familiar with other types of 3D programs would also know these as the X, Y, and Z axis, or you could also call it North, South, East, West and Up and Down. But just note that we have three axes for our 3D space. And the reason I'm telling you this is because I want you to know that we can actually snap our Move tool to those axes.
When I select the chair, and I want to move it, I'm going to select my Move tool, let's say I want to move it on a specific axis. Well notice how as I kind of move this around, it snaps. So I can snap it to the blue axis, move it up and down, or If I can find a way to snap it to the green axis, I can move it that way, or the red axis. Now, sometimes you'll move the object off of these axes, and it will be kind of hard to get on to a specific axis.
So in this case the Shift key is your friend. So when I hold down the Shift key, watch what happens to this red line. It gets double bold which means now I can only move this object along that red axis. If I let go over the Shift key, it'll pop out, and let's say I can find the green axis, and Again, if I hold down the Shift key, I can move along that green axis. Another way to find these axes is by using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
So we have an Up Down, Left, and Right-arrow. If I click and hold the left-arrow, it will automatically snap to green. I don't have to hold down the Shift key, all I have to do is hold down the left-arrow. Right-arrow is the red axis, and then the up-arrow is the blue axis. If you want you can also select and move multiple objects. So if I want, I can just rubber-band select everything, and then just go ahead and move those as well.
So if I want I can just move all these objects. One nice thing about the Move key is that it is also a Copy key. So we can actually select an object and copy it by using the Move key. So all you have to do is hold down the Ctrl key or on the Mac hold down the Option key. So if I hold down Ctrl and drag, I get a copy. So I can actually copy that chair, or If I want, I can copy everything.
So I can select everything here, go to the Move tool and then hold down the Ctrl key, and then I can start duplicating all of these objects. So as you can see we can select multiple objects, we can move them, and also by holding down the Ctrl key, we can copy objects as well. So these tools are very useful and you'll be using them a lot when you use SketchUp.
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