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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.
Now as you start drawing more and more complex objects, you will need to align things as well as measure things. So, here we have a building and we can use the tape measure to not only measure the building, but also to create guidelines to draw more stuff on the building. So, let's take a quick look at the tape measure tool. Very simply, it's a measurement system. So if we go into Tools, we have Tape Measure. We also can find it here. The hotkey is T. So, let's say we wanted to know how tall the building was.
We could snap this to the endpoint, go up to the top, and we can see that it's 12 feet, six inches. If you wanted to measure this here, you could see it's 46 feet. So you can very easily measure out parts of your model just to see what it's like. But if you want, you can also use this to create guidelines. In other words, lines against which you can draw. So I've flipped around to the back side of this building here. And let me zoom in here. Let's say we wanted to draw something on the back side on of this, but we wanted that to be a line with the top cell of this window.
Well, we can use the tape measure tool to help us do that. So what I'm going to do here is just zoom in here and get on the back side of this window here where it connects with the building. And left-click and drag and then left-click again. You can see here, that it's actually drawn a dotted line. So now I know that there's a horizontal line from here to here, so I know this is the top of this window. We can do the same on the bottom here. I'm just going to move down here. And I'm going to again use the tape measure.
Click here, snap to green and then click again, and notice how again I get this dotted line that goes all the way across. Now I can use this as basically a way to draw a line all the way across the bottom here. So I can select my tape measure tool. Snap here to intersections. See, see you get a little X there. And then draw along the red axis and click again. And now I've got two guidelines, right here. And we can do the same along the top. Can snap here.
And again I've got that. So, now I have these two horizontal lines against which I can draw whatever I want. So, let's say we want to do a simple window. Let's go to the rectangle tool, and maybe sketch out a square. And maybe say, let's cut that in half. So I'm going to go to the mid-point here, left-click, drag, click again. And now we've got the basic of the window. And we can now just do an offset here to offset that window. Let's say it's going to be four inches.
And then here if I want I can double-click and it will repeat that offset. So I do that again, and actually that works for all tools. So let's say I wanted to pull this out, say just one inch. So I'm just going to type in one. Now I have a one inch little edge there. I can just go over here. And this will repeat the last one if I double-click. So if I double-click, there we go. So now I've got again, a one-inch pullout of that window frame. So, as you can see, the tape measure tool can be very, very handy.
Not only can you measure things, and find out how big things are, you can also use it for guidelines to draw against.
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