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Selecting and moving objects

From: Google SketchUp 8 Essential Training

Video: Selecting and moving objects

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.

Selecting and moving objects

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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  1. 7m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 12s
    3. Starting SketchUp for the first time
      47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      49s
    5. Tips for Mac users
      3m 22s
  2. 43m 52s
    1. Interface basics
      4m 42s
    2. Adding toolbars
      2m 38s
    3. Navigating
      3m 48s
    4. Changing perspective
      2m 51s
    5. Walking around
      3m 12s
    6. Creating camera views
      5m 15s
    7. Shading faces and edges
      7m 59s
    8. Creating shadows and fog
      5m 50s
    9. Creating Scenes
      5m 9s
    10. Setting preferences
      2m 28s
  3. 22m 19s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 25s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      5m 36s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      4m 8s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      6m 10s
  4. 48m 47s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 42s
    2. Refining objects with the Line tool
      3m 39s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 44s
    4. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      5m 30s
    5. Creating circles and polygons
      6m 5s
    6. Creating arcs
      4m 0s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      8m 33s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 24s
    9. Softening round edges
      5m 16s
    10. Creating 3D text
      1m 54s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      7m 16s
    3. Creating text labels
      1m 7s
    4. Using the Dimension tool
      1m 18s
    5. Creating sections
      2m 23s
  6. 20m 45s
    1. The Component window
      5m 32s
    2. Creating components
      3m 55s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      3m 15s
    4. Importing from Google Earth
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    6. Using the Component Options window
      3m 43s
  7. 25m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      5m 42s
    2. Working with layers
      3m 27s
    3. Creating layers
      4m 20s
    4. Using the Outliner
      6m 42s
    5. Hiding and unhiding objects
      2m 48s
    6. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 4s
  8. 41m 32s
    1. Using the Materials Browser on a Mac
      2m 49s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 2s
    3. Editing materials
      5m 4s
    4. Creating materials
      3m 19s
    5. Adjusting materials
      4m 38s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 43s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      3m 39s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      3m 27s
    9. Importing floor plans
      4m 27s
    10. Modeling with floor plans
      8m 24s
  9. 27m 11s
    1. Applying styles
      2m 26s
    2. Editing styles
      8m 30s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 13s
    4. Basic animation
      5m 56s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 6s
  10. 20m 40s
    1. Creating terrain from contours
      6m 22s
    2. Modeling objects with contours
      1m 42s
    3. Creating terrain from scratch
      3m 40s
    4. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      3m 2s
    5. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  11. 15m 3s
    1. Geolocation with Google Maps
      3m 11s
    2. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      4m 30s
    3. Modeling in Photo Match
      7m 22s
  12. 59m 46s
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      6m 41s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Using math and functions
      8m 49s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      7m 2s
    5. Creating a dynamic staircase
      8m 52s
    6. Hiding objects dynamically
      2m 58s
    7. Configuring staircase rise and run
      5m 21s
    8. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 24s
    9. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 55s
    10. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 44s
  13. 15m 58s
    1. Creating solids
      2m 25s
    2. Using Boolean operations (Union, Intersect, Subtract)
      6m 46s
    3. Working with Trim and Split
      4m 45s
    4. Creating outer shells
      2m 2s
  14. 21m 28s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 40s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 8s
    3. Exporting objects
      5m 39s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      6m 1s
  15. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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