Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Line tool for 3D drawing, part of SketchUp 2016 Essential Training.
- The line tool in SketchUp can also be used to draw 3D objects. We saw how we could draw flat objects, but we also can extend that up along the vertical axis to create actual geometry. So let's go ahead and select the line tool and let's go ahead and draw something. We're gonna draw a simple rectangle, so I'm gonna go ahead and left click here. and just snap along the red axis, left click again, so that's aligned with the red axis.
Let's get something aligned with the green axis. Red, and now this time, I'm gonna look for the inference where it snaps directly across from that first point, so left click there and then go ahead and close this shape. And when I do, it creates a face, and we now have a basic rectangle. Now if I repeat that same process along the blue axis, I can start to draw in 3D. So again, select my line tool, draw along the blue axis.
Now I'm gonna draw along the red axis, and notice that it snaps here, tells me I'm directly across from one of those points, and then I'm just gonna go straight down. And as you can see, I have the basis of a box. Let's go ahead and finish off this box. So I'm gonna snap to this corner, drag it along the green axis and wait for that inference, there it is, and then finish that line. So now that we understand the process, you can see how it's very easy to draw in 3D.
Again, I'm using SketchUp's inferences to make sure everything's aligned, and now I have this, and all I have to do is connect this corner to this corner and I have a box. So this is a good demonstration of how we can actually draw in 3D using nothing but the line tool. Now this line tool can also be used to draw onto this object. So one of the nice things about this tool is that once we have faces in the scene, we can actually start drawing on those faces.
So if I want, I can snap my line tool to a corner, to the edge, or right here, to a midpoint, which shows up in cyan. So if I snap to the midpoint and drag along the red axis, I've cut the top of that in half. Then I can use that as the basis to draw another shape. So now I'm basically just drawing on my existing object.
And now I have this face here, which is angled, but I can also draw on that angled face, and notice how it highlights in violet because it's going at an angle. So this is just a simple demonstration, but hopefully, you can see the power of just this one simple tool in SketchUp. This one line tool can be used to create all sorts of complex geometry. So go ahead and start practicing your drawing skills in 3D and understand how the line tool works in a 3D environment.
These tutorials work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
- Navigating SketchUp
- Creating camera views
- Configuring the toolbars on Mac and Windows
- Selecting, moving, and scaling objects
- Using the line tools for 3D drawing
- Creating rectangles, outlines, circles, and freehand shapes
- Creating 3D text
- Using the measurement and labeling tools
- Organizing drawings with groups and layers
- Creating components and using components from the 3D Warehouse
- Creating and applying materials
- Working with textures
- Rendering and animating drawings
Skill Level Appropriate for all
SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniqueswith George Maestri3h 1m Intermediate
SketchUp for Architecture: LayOutwith Paul J. Smith6h 17m Intermediate
1. The SketchUp Interface
2. Manipulate Objects
3. Drawing in SketchUp
4. Measure and Label
5. Stay Organized
6. Work with Components
7. Work with Materials
8. Materials on the Mac
9. Work with Textures
10. Rendering and Animation
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