The Dimension tool in SketchUp allows you to add dimension information to your scenes or presentations. In this video, George shows how to add dimensions to any scene, then control how that information is presented. The Dimension tool can be used to indicate the size of objects in any font or positioning.
- [Male Narrator] We can also annotate our drawings using the Dimension tool. Now, we can find this either in the large toolbox or under Tools, Dimensions. This works very similar to the Tape Measure tool. All you have to do is just snap to a point in the scene, left click and drag, snap again, and then you're going to pull that up, and it will give you the dimensions. There we have the dimensions for that garage door.
Let's go ahead and do some more of this. Again, I'm going to select Tools, Dimensions. Let's go ahead and snap to, say, the end point of the roof, and then pull up, and notice how, again, we get the dimensions of this, and also notice how, just like with the Text tool, this will always face you. If you're looking at it from an angle, the text will always go ahead and face you. Let's go ahead and, say, measure the width of the other side of this roof here, so from here to here, and, again, we can pull this up.
Notice how it also snapped to that other dimension, and now we have a global dimensions for this house. If we want, we can start to modify this, so, if I were to hover over one of these and right click over it, you'll notice that we have a couple of different things. We can change the Text Position, so we can go outside of the start or inside of the start, or keep it centered. We can actually edit the text. Now, this will input the exact dimensions that comes out of the scene, so, if you're going to edit this, you need to do it for a good reason, and then, if we want to, we can also go into Entity Info.
If I right click over this and go into Entity Info, you'll see that I get this in the tray, or, on the Macintosh, this will be a floating window, and then we can actually change the font, if we want. If I go into this I can change the font, I can change the size of the font, or whether it's bold, and so on. You can see I can actually affect that, if I need to. As you can see, this tool is very straightforward, but it does allow you to add dimensions to your scenes.
Note: The core features of SketchUp Make, the free version of SketchUp covered in this course, and SketchUp Pro, the paid version of the program, are identical. Users of both versions should be able to follow along with the training.
- Creating new camera views
- Configuring custom toolbars on Mac and Windows
- Selecting and moving objects
- Drawing lines and shapes
- Creating 3D text in SketchUp
- Measuring and labeling objects
- Working with components
- Creating and applying materials on Mac and Windows
- Animating and rendering your drawings
Skill Level Intermediate
SketchUp 2016 Essential Trainingwith George Maestri3h 11m Intermediate
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1. The SketchUp Interface
2. Manipulate Objects
3. Draw in SketchUp
4. Measure and Label
5. Stay Organized
6. Work with Components
7. Materials and Textures: Windows
8. Materials and Textures: Mac
9. Rendering and Animation
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