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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.
One very handy drawing tool is called the offset tool, and it allows you to create insets or offsets to your models. Now, we can find it here. It's the offset tool is here. Or we go until Tools, find it here under Offset. And the hot key is F. Now, this tool only works on existing objects. So I need to go ahead and create an object here. I'm going to create a rectangle. And then use the push-pull tool to bring that up into a box.
Now once I have some geometry in the scene, I can use my offset tool. So we're going to select that. And I'm going to hover over a face. So let's go hover over this top face. Left-click, and you can pretty much see how this works. It creates an offset. The offset can be inside or outside. So, if I do it inside here, it creates that offset. Now I can use my push-pull tool, to create, say, a cavity in that box. For one, I can use the offset tool again.
And this time I'm going to bring it outside of the box. And notice how it creates just a face on the outside of the box. And again, I can hover over that, hit P to do my push-pull and I can push and pull that up. So the offset tool doesn't just work for rectangles though, it can work for more complex surfaces. So I'm going to actually get rid of all this. I'm going to select it all, hit Delete, and lets use our line tool to create something a little more complex. So I'm going to go ahead just kind of sketch out a little bit more of a complex surface here.
So let's say this is kind of, you know, a simple surface. Again I can use my offset tool to create an inset for that, or go on the outside. So lets say, if this was a floor plain or something I can very easily create an inset there. And then hover over that and push and pull that up into more of an outline. So, there's some very simple ways to use the offset Tool, and just remember you can use it inside or outside of a shape to create an offset.
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