In Part 2 of the SketchUp Series, I show you the uses of the various tools at your disposal, as well as give my input on their uses and where I often find myself using them.
Use this to highlight sections you want to select. A left to right movement will select everything that is entirely contained within the box. A right to left movement will highlight everything that crosses within the box boundary.
Use this to remove individual lines, or entire components
Use this to apply textures and colours to materials
Used to draw a variety of shapes either freehand, or by locking onto the axis.
Used to draw curves using various forms of calculation. I prefer using the 3 point curve.
Used for drawing squares and rectanges
Used to turn 2D shapes in 3D shapes. Simply click, drag, and type in the dimension you wish to extrude to.
Only available on SketchUp Pro. Absolutely incredible at creating joinery when you want to nest a component into another.
Used to move components, lines and faces around the screen.
Tape Measure Tool
Used to measure distances and create construction lines that can easily be removed later.
Used for walking through structures primarily. Quite difficult to use when walking around a smaller piece.
Indispensible when creating 3D objects. Click down the mouse wheel to access the shortcut for this tool.
This 7 part series will take you through the entire process of modelling a beautiful Shaker Table, including a dovetail drawer, in both a fun and informative format. While also covering all the best practices and little tricks of the trade throughout.
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An Introduction to SketchUp
How to Make a Table on SketchUp