In this video, learn how to select, rotate, and scale objects in SketchUp 2017. George shows how to use the rotate and scale tools to reposition objects within a 3D scene. Objects can be adjusted along the red, green, and blue axes, and you’ll learn how to use the arrow keys to constrain motion to the desired axis.
- [Instructor] In addition to selecting and moving objects, we can also rotate and scale them. So let's take a look at how to do that. Now, the rotate and scale tools can be found next to the move tool on the toolbar here. We have rotate and scale and also under tools, we have rotate and scale. So let's go ahead and start with rotate. Now the hot key for this is q. So I'm going to go ahead and select my rotate and notice how it comes up as this kind of protractor like object.
Now this allows me to select any point on the object so I can select towards the center of a face or towards the end and this will become the center of rotation. So if I left click here, it allows me to drag out this line. And then the second click will allow me to rotate. So when I click again, and then move my mouse, you can see how I can rotate this again. And notice how this also snaps to red and green axis and so this will snap to a specific angle and also notice down in the bottom right hand corner how that angle is actually being displayed in the measurements box.
So if I wanted to, I could click off of this and it would go to that particular value, in this case, 38. Or if I wanted to, I could type in 45 and make that a 45 degree angle. Now I'm going to go ahead and do this. Now one of the things about this is that where you click does determine the center of rotations so if I were to click here, towards the corner, then it will rotate around that center. Or, I could rotate any number of faces.
So if I click on this side, I can rotate it around this axis. Now we can also rotate multiple objects. So if we select, say two objects by doing shift, select and again going into the rotate tool, we can select those objects and again, they will rotate around whatever center I select. So if I select a center here, then they will rotate around that center.
Now another tool that we can use is the scale tool. Again, we can find it up here in the toolbar. It's right here. Or under tools, we can find it here. And the hot key for that is S. So when I click on an object, this little gizmo shows up so each one of these little cubes here tells me where I'm going to scale so we can scale along an axis, along two axes or along three.
So if I were to select, say this one here, this would scale along the red axis. This one here would scale along the blue axis and this one would scale along green. Now if I scale diagonally this way, I'll be scaling along two axes. And if I go corner to corner diagonally, I'm doing what's called a uniformed scale. So I'm scaling equally along all dimensions. And again, the scale tool can be used for multiple objects as well so if I select these objects and scale them, notice how the box gets bigger and then I can scale all of those if I want.
So as you can see, the rotate and scale tool are also great ways to rearrange and organize 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