Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating in SketchUp, part of SketchUp 2015 Essential Training.
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- Let's take a look at how to navigate scenes in 3D in SketchUp. Now SketchUp is a 3D program, so we have a couple of special tools for navigating. These are found under the Camera menu. Now we have three main tools. We have Orbit, Pan, and Zoom. The hotkeys for these O, H, and Z. You can also find these tools here on this menu bar. We have Orbit, Pan, and you can why the hotkey for this is H 'cause it looks like a little hand, and Zoom.
So let's go ahead and select Orbit, see how that works. So Orbit basically allows you to left click and drag, and you can move your mouse left and right, or up and down, and that allows us to interactively orbit the scene. You can also access this tool using the middle mouse button. So if you have a three-button mouse, you can hold down the middle mouse button, and the Orbit tool will always come up. So middle mouse button and again, I've got my Orbit tool.
The next tool is the Pan tool, which is that little hand icon. This is pretty straightforward. It just allows me to move my scene left, right, up, and down. Then we also have a Zoom tool. So when I left click and drag, I zoom in, but technically I'm actually trucking in because I'm moving the camera. If you have a three-button mouse with the scroll wheel, you can access the Zoom tool just by turning the wheel. So I'm scrolling in and out and zooming.
This brings up a really great way to navigate. Typically, I stay on the Pan tool, and that allows me to position my scene, and then I use the middle mouse button to either zoom or I press and hold to Orbit. So again, left click to Pan, roll the mouse wheel to Zoom, hold the mouse wheel to Orbit. So with one tool active, you can pretty much navigate your whole scene. Now in addition to these three tools, we have some additional camera tools.
The first one here is called Field of View. Now what this does is it changes the Zoom ratio of the camera, so it changes your field of view. So if I left click and drag, you can see I'm making this more orthographic, or more fish-eye. So this is like changing the length of a camera lens, so we're going from a ... This is a wide lens or a fish-eye lens to a very long lens. So again, this will change the way that you look at your scene, and it can also change the way that your scenes are rendered or presented.
Now we also have another one called Zoom Window, and that brings up this little zoom tool with a box around it. All we have to do is draw a box around what we want to look at and it will zoom to that. Finally, we have one more called Zoom Extents, so when I select that one, it basically just frames my entire scene so I can see it. So go ahead and play with your SketchUp scene, get used to navigating within SketchUp, and then we'll move on.
These tutorials work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
- Creating camera views
- Shading faces and edges
- Selecting, moving, scaling, and rotating objects
- Creating basic circles, polygons, and arcs
- Making 3D text
- Labeling a drawing
- Working with layers
- Using components from the 3D Warehouse
- Applying materials and mapping textures
- Animating artwork
- Exporting sketches in 2D and 3D