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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.
Another way to draw is by using the rectangle tool. And we can find it here, under Draw, by selecting Rectangle or the letter R, and we also can find it on our toolbar right here. And the tool is really very simple to use. You get a pencil icon here with a little rectangle underneath it, it tells you you're drawing a rectangle, and all you have to do is left click and drag. Now if you drag, you can snap to a square. Or a golden section which is an eight to five ratio.
And then, basically, all you have to do is let go and the rectangle will draw itself. Now if you want to give it specific dimensions, notice in the bottom right corner that the dimensions that you drew are there, but if you want you could change those. So let's say I wanted this to be ten feet, okay, I'm typing in my feet marker there, by 16 feet, so I'm typing ten feet comma 16 feet and you hit Enter and now I know this is exactly those dimensions. Now, if I want to continue to draw, I can do that.
I can again snap to endpoints or midpoints just like I did with the line tool. And if I want, I can drag up or sideways to get what I want. Let me go ahead and do this again. I'm going to actually get a lower view so I can drag up here, so I can drag up and then I'm going to snap sideways here and draw a firewall of this object here. An again, I'm just going to draw another box. So if I snap from this endpoint, to this endpoint, I'm going to get more box. So again, I can draw in multiple dimensions using the rectangle tool, just like I can, with the line tool.
Now if I want, I can mix line and rectangle. So if I wanted to, I could snap from this endpoint, an hover over this. Here. So if I wanted to, I could, for example, go here, infer that to that, and then do that. So now I've got a simple box. Now, I can draw that either with purely with rectangles, or a combination of the line tool and rectangles. So just remember, rectangle tool, a very easy left-click, drag and left-click to set. If you want to type specific dimensions, you can, by typing them in right after you create the rectangle.
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