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Using the Outliner and Entity Info

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Video: Using the Outliner and Entity Info

If you want to dive a little bit deeper into your So the outliner allows you to navigate a scene by name.

Using the Outliner and Entity Info

If you want to dive a little bit deeper into your SketchUp scenes, you can use the Outliner and Entity Info windows. So let's take a look at them. We're going to start with the outliner. Now, go Window > Outliner. And in this particular scene I've got a bunch of groups. So I've got the house as a group, the plants are each a group, and the fencing is grouped. Now when I select it, notice how it highlights here in the outliner. So when I select the fence, it highlights this group.

If I select the groups in the outliner, you can also see that they select in the view port as well. So if I select this one, it becomes the house. Now some of these actually have names, but a lot of them are just named group which is not very descriptive. Now we can use the entity info window to make things a little more descriptive. So if I right click on an object, I go Entity Info. And in this it will give me the info about this group so this is on the layer called house now I could actually change my layer remember from the last movie to whatever layer I want.

I can cast or receive shadows, and I can also hide or lock the object. But probably the most important one is, you can give the object a name. So this house is a home. So I'm going to name it home, hit Enter, and when I close this window, notice how this particular entry in the outliner has changed. So now I can select that and I know it's my home. You can also use the outliner to select things by name. So let's say I wanted to select all the fencing around this building.

I could Shift-select here in the view port, but I also can Shift-select in the outliner, and so I can select all of those. If I wanted to, I could do Make Group and group them again. Now notice how when I do that, it actually creates another group. Now the Outliner does have hierarchies, so every time you group something, it puts it into a hierarchy. So now I have this hierarchy. And, I can right-click on this. Do entity info and just type in, say, fencing. So, now this is all the fencing I have in my scene here. And, if I wanted to, I could open that up.

And, I could go to each of the individual fences. And, notice how I've kind of dived into the group, so that's the same as selecting that and double clicking on it. And if I wanted to, I can go into any of these groups and you could see that I can actually go down to the individual picket on the fence, just by diving down through the hierarchies here. Now if I click off of this, you can see I can remove the group. Now if I select a group and right-click over it, and do explode it will explode that first group.

And just put me back to where I was when I opened the scene. So the outliner allows you to navigate a scene by name. Along with the entity info window, which allows you to actually apply names to objects. So, I'm sure you can find this super useful when you're working with SketchUp.

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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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