Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Aligning, flipping, and exporting sections, part of SketchUp for Architecture: LayOut.
- We're now in video 3 of chapter 4, which is the align to flip, export, and many other things to section planes. They are objects so you can select and move them, as we know. So use the move tool, M, that's going to move them up and down. You can rotate them, so Q on the keyboard will bring the Rotate tool up. And again if I wanted to rotate this on this plane, hover over this face, press your finger on the shift key to lock that orientation, and then you can pick up your section, click, and then I can rotate that section plane around.
I can reverse the section plane by right-clicking on it. So if I wanted it to look in a different direction then select, right-click and reverse. Then it's pointing in the different direction. I'll just make this active so you can see what's happening. So that's pointing that direction. If I was to reverse it, it's pointing in the other direction. So it's showing the section cut through that. Another thing you can do which is really quite useful, especially if you want to look at a non-perpendicular view of the model based on the global axis.
It doesn't matter if you readjust the axis, these front-side views don't adjust to the new axis location. It's kind of got this global axis set and there's nothing much you can do about it. But this align to is very useful, especially if you can save that within a scene. So I'll just show that. If I right-click on a section plane, I can do Align View. And then that gives me the flat-on view of that. And as soon as I turn this to Parallel Projection, then I've got everything that I want looking flat on to that.
Now, this is side on anyway, but if I wanted a more oblique view of it, then I can choose this one, Align View, again make sure the camera is set to Parallel Projection, turn off my section planes, and now I've got a parallel perspective view of that angle. Which I couldn't get by using these things and adjusting the axis. Some other things that we can do.
Just go back to Perspective. Now, another thing I can do is export a section slice. So this is the active section. File, Export, Section Slice. This will save it as a DWG or a DXF. There are some options that you have, and it'll give you a section view orthographic, or section view what you see is what you get. It's release 14 where you can go up to AutoCAD 2013 in this.
Do you want to see the section lines? No, Polylines with width, and if you did want to see them, Separate on a layer. So a lot of different things you can do with your section plane as well. So let's cancel out of that, and that. And the final thing that we want to look at is to create a group from slice. Now, it doesn't need to be the active section plane in this case. So if I wanted to right-click on this and Create Group From Slice, then it creates a group from that slice. I'll do the same again with this one, right-click, Create Group From Slice.
Now, I need to be able to turn that off, and the section cut, and selected. It's sometimes difficult to select these things, so turn these things off and then use your Move tool, and then that will pick up that section plane as another piece of geometry. And this one, if I can select that and move that up, then again I've created that profile from the section slice. So another very useful thing we can do with section slices.
And it's that Create Group From Slice that we'll be using to create our overlay section cuts in our more complex model later on in the series. So a lot of things that you can do with the humble section plane. In the next video we'll be looking at some of the exciting things you can do with section planes, and that is animate them. And this once again is quite a simple process, but something that gets people confused simply because you need to control the active and inactive section slice between two different scenes.
AuthorPaul J. Smith
- Creating a template watermark
- Mixing and saving styles
- Adding and updating scenes
- Aligning and animating scenes
- Adding and animating sections
- Creating views
- Customizing layout preferences and document setup
- Working with references in LayOut
- Building a template
- Working with site plans
- Coordinating plans and elevations
- Adding text, dimensions, and title blocks
- Building a scrapbook
Skill Level Intermediate
SketchUp 2013 Essential Trainingwith George Maestri2h 16m Beginner
SketchUp for Architecture: Fundamentalswith Paul J. Smith4h 49m Intermediate
2. All About Styles
3. All About Scenes
4. All About Sections
5. Creating the Views for Layout
6. Into LayOut
7. Creating the Template
8. Site Plans
9. Floor Plans and Elevations
10. Coordinating Plans and Elevations
12. The Amazing Scrapbook
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