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Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] In this video, I am going to discuss FredoScale, which is a popular plugin in the SketchUcation Store. You can download the SketchUcation Store plugin itself from the following URL. And once you do you, you can access its toolbar and then click the red icon to open up the ExtensionStore interface. I'm going to sort the list by downloads, so it'll give you a feeling for the popularity of these plugins. And the top download here is LibFredo and this is a code library that Fredo has offered that is used with many of his plugins. So I'm going to install that first. It's a prerequisite. I'll just click on Install, Yes, and OK. And then install FredoScale. Again, Yes and OK. And then I can close the ExtensionStore interface and this toolbar. Now, I'll open up the FredoScale toolbar. And when you're first learning these tools, the icons seem a little cryptic. So I recommend going over to the Tools menu and opening up the Quick Launcher. And this is an alternative interface to all of the same tools. In fact, there are more tools in here than you see on the toolbar above. And you can pin that here, so that it stays on the screen. After a while of using these tools, you'll start to identify the icons and then you might want to go to the toolbar. So let me show you what some of these tools do. I'm not going to exhaustively cover every tool, but I'll give you a feeling for what this plugin can do for you. So for example, in this space, which incidentally comes from my Modeling Interiors from Photos course, I have a box on the coffee table here. I'll select that and you may notice that the bounding box is at an angle with respect to the geometry. And there'll be occasions where you'll see groups or components like this. And if you try to scale it with the native Scale tool, you'll find that it really doesn't work very well because it's scaling it according to the bounding box. And the geometry inside is getting distorted. An alternative to that is to use Box Scaling right here. This is a smarter tool and it assumes the shape of the object. So I can go ahead and scale this according to the shape of the object, not the bounding box. So that's a great improvement over the standard Scale tool in SketchUp. However, if you look more closely, when I scale that, the walls on the sides got wider. And this is just a natural consequence of scaling that because everything inside the bounding box is being scaled. So it stands to reason that the side walls are getting wider. I'm going to undo a couple of times to go back to the initial state. So a different tool that you can use in a situation like this is Box Stretching. I'll click on that. And the way this works is you position the cursor over a grip and it depends which grip you're over, and you'll see a plane in the middle. Now, if I move the cursor now over to that plane, the plane will highlight and I can see the center plane from which the geometry is stretched. You can actually move that and I'll do that in a moment. But I'm going to just leave it where it is, right in the middle. And I'll click and drag this grip here. And do you see the result? These walls are the same thickness that they were initially. That's because the scaling is happening from the center plane here. Now, I'm going to undo. And this time, I'll position the cursor over this grip, so that that mid-plane highlights and then I'll move the cursor over here until that highlights. And then I can click and drag that over. And if I place that, let's say, in the middle of this wall, we're going to get a different behavior when we actually scale it. Now, I'm going to drag this grip. And you see we're getting more of this marble material because we're scaling it using the mid-plane right in the middle of that piece. So this is a very useful tool for things like bookshelves or window frames or doors, anything that has a regular frame that you want to maintain its actual size without distortion. So this alone is well worth installing this plugin. But there are additional interesting transformations you can make with some of these tools and I'd like to demonstrate a couple of other items here on the list. So I'm going to orbit over here and take a look at this lounge chair and ottoman. I'll select that. Let's try Box Tapering on that. I'll click that and then position the cursor over a grip. And this is very subtle because if I move the cursor a little bit to the left, the top highlights. And then if I move it down here, the front view will highlight. So you have to be careful by subtle movements here about which plane you want to scale. So I'm going to use the top and then I'm going to drag this back a little bit. And that's going to taper the objects within. And it's very, very sensitive, so you have to be careful to drag just a little bit if you want to taper it back. Then taper it back. I'm trying not to snap here, but I guess I'm snapping to the fireplace there. So I'll move the cursor down a little bit and then release the mouse button. And you'll see that everything inside that bounding box got tapered. So now, it looks like we're leaning back a little bit. So this might not correspond now to an actual piece of furniture, but you get the idea. You can distort objects using this tool. Over here, we have this distinctive wire chair. I'll select it and let's see what happens if we try to twist it with Box Twisting. I'll position the cursor up here on the top and click and then click once over here to start rotating and then rotate and click again. So it twists the entire contents of the bounding box. So it's a very complex result that would be I think almost impossible to model in any other way. Another thing you can do. Let me go over to Option B. It has a different set of furniture in the room. I'll try that twist operation again, this time on this table. I'll use Box Twisting and then I'll click on the top grip and then click off to the side to start rotating and then click again to stop rotating. And we can effectively twist the entire table. And that result will have these supports bent. So this is a powerful modeling tool. I'll go to Option C and take a look at this piece of furniture over here. Let's try Radial Bending, Free. So actually, first, I'm going to select the object and then I'll use this tool. And the way this works is you have to specify the origin and rotational plane, so I can do that in different ways. I'm going to click and drag here to establish the green direction. And then I'm going to click up here at the top and then I'll click again to start the transformation and then I'll move the cursor over and click again to finish it. And so we have a very complex deformation that's occurred. So give these tools a try. They're really quite powerful in terms of modeling capability and they're also very practical, especially the Box Tapering tool, which is really invaluable for scaling bookshelves and window frames and door frames as well.