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Using the Offset tool to create outlines

From: SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

Video: Using the Offset tool to create outlines

One very handy drawing tool is called the offset tool, and

Using the Offset tool to create outlines

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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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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