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Using the Line tool for 3D drawing

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Video: Using the Line tool for 3D drawing

The line tool can be used to create things faces here. So again I can start creating.

Using the Line tool for 3D drawing

The line tool can be used to create things in 3D, so you don't absolutely have to draw things in a plane, you can start drawing things up and down and sideways, in all different directions. So let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to take the line tool here, and I'm going to do pretty much what I did before. I'm going to left-click, drag along the green axis, left-click again, red, green and then I'm going to snap to the red access to make sure it's directly crossed from that point and create a simple rectangle.

Then let's say we want to turn this into a box. Well we can do that using the line tool, so I'm going to go ahead and start snapping. Notice how this snaps to the corners, the mid points, and the corners again. So if I want I can draw wherever I want, but I can also snap to this very important points on the model. So if I snap to that far end point, and drag it up along the blue axis here and left click again, you see that I've got a vertical line. So now I'm kind of drawing in 3D.

Again, left-click and drag across, you can see that once it snaps there I've got it directly above that other point. And I can drag down, and now I've got basically a vertical edge. And then I can start filling that in. So, if I wanted to, I could snap to this endpoint, drag across, find the inference there. Again, snap, draw, draw here. Let's see if I can find this. Try it one more time, click from here. There we go. I've got that snapped there, so I can either go across to make that, and then once I do that I can go down to make a box.

So as you can see we can very easily start drawing things in 3D. So if I wanted to I could make an extension to this. I could click on the mid-point, drag there, then go back up here and again maybe start creating faces here. So again I can start creating. And you can see how you can very easily just once you start getting that snapping in inferences working, you can basically start drawing with pretty good precision. So as you can see, with just the line tool you can actually start drawing some very interesting shapes.

But there are other tools that you can use that can actually make more interesting shapes, and we'll get to those next.

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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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