My Top 10 SketchUp Tips for Beginners (and Veterans!)



This video will guide you through the top ten tips SketchUp users will need to know!
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Top SketchUp Tips
1. Use keyboard shortcuts!
one. Each tool in SketchUp is either assigned a keyboard shortcut or can be given a shortcut. These shortcuts allow you to access the various SketchUp tools without having to click on icons. Approximately, using keyboard shortcuts can reduce your modeling time by half!
2. Move along axes
one. Often, you will want to move items both up and down and to the left and right at the same time. However, if you try to move an object in both directions at the same time, your object may not go where you want to go. However, if you move your objects first along the red and green axes, then along the blue axis (or vice versa), it is much easier to move your objects to move where you want to go.
3. Invasive Move (Example Kitchen)
one. When moving objects around SketchUp, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to get objects to go exactly where you would like to go in a 3D space. However, this process can be made much easier if you use symbolism to move objects around. Inferencing is the way SketchUp helps you move objects around. For example, suppose you want to move a table and chairs to align with the end of a closet – you can select and move your items, then hold down the Shift key to lock along a shaft and then move mouse over the edge of the desk and click to place your items where you want to go.
4. Use the 3D Warehouse
one. There may be a temptation to create a model to try to model everything for yourself. However, SketchUp has a giant free model repository ready to be imported into your model. Focus your modeling time on modeling sites and download as much furniture and other interior items as possible from the warehouse to save time modeling.
5. Model with groups
one. When the objects are not in groups, the faces begin to merge and you start to have problems. By grouping your geometry, your items are no longer merged with other objects, allowing you to make changes quickly and easily
6. Model using components
one. Many people get confused about the difference between groups and accessories. An item is an object that when copied, any change made to a copy will be reflected in all other copies. A good rule is – if you think you will ever have more than one model, you make it a component. If you are not going to make a copy of something, it can be a group.
7. Use copy mode
one. Many people do not know that the scroll tool and the spin tool can actually be used to make geometry copies. By pressing the control button with these tools active, you can use them to make copies.
8. Create multiple copies simultaneously
one. Not only can you use motion and rotation to create only copies, you can also use them to create multiple copies. When you create a copy of an object, you can type "*" and the number of copies you want to make, and then press enter to make this number of copies. Note that you can change the number of copies by pressing the "*" key and a new number, then the Enter key while the tool is still active.
9. Create duplicate duplicates (Fence Posts)
one. Not only can you create multiple copies, you can also set a stop point, then press the partitioned with the key and enter a number of copies to make duplicate duplicate
10. Use extensions!
one. SketchUp and SketchUcation also have large deployments of extensions that can be installed in SketchUp to improve its functionality. React with the desire to try to model everything with native tools and be willing to try new extensions – they will really expand your modeling capabilities.
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