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Google SketchUp 8 Basic Commands Guide

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Google SketchUp 8 Basic Commands Guide

Google Sketchup 8 3d Modelling Tools

Google Sketchup 8 3d Modelling Tools

Common Tasks in Google SketchUp 8

Tool Operation Instructions
Arc (A) Bulge Specify bulge amount by typing a number and Enter
Radius Specify radius by typing a number, the R key, and Enter
Segments Specify number of segments by typing a number, the S key, and Enter
Circle (C) Shift Lock in current plane
Radius Specify radius by typing a number and Enter
Segments Specify number of segments by typing a number, the S key, and Enter
Eraser (E) Ctrl Soften/smooth (use on edges to make adjacent faces appear curved)
Shift Hide
Ctrl+Shift Unsoften/unsmooth
Follow Me Alt Use face perimeter as extrusion path
Better Way First Select path, then choose the Follow Me tool, then click on the face to extrude
Line (L) Shift Lock in current inference direction
Arrows Up or down arrow to lock in blue direction; right to lock in red; left to lock in green
Length Specify length by typing a number and Enter
Look Around Eye Height Specify eye height by typing a number and Enter
Move (M) Ctrl Move a copy
Shift Hold down to lock in current inference direction
Alt Auto-fold (allow move even if it means adding extra edges and faces)
Arrows Up or down arrow to lock in blue direction: right to lock in red; left to lock in green
Distance Specify move distance by typing a number and Enter
External Array N copies in a row: move first copy, type a number, the X key, and Enter
Internal Array N copies in between: move first copy, type a number, the / key, and Enter
Offset (F) Double-Click Apply last offset amount to this face
Distance Specify an offset distance by typing a number and Enter
Orbit (0) Ctrl Hold down to disable “gravity-weighted” orbiting
Shift Hold down to activate Pan tool
Paint Bucket (B) Ctrl Paint all matching adjacent faces
Shift Paint all matching faces in the model
Ctrl+Shift Paint all matching faces on the same object
Alt Hold down to sample material
Push/Pull (P) Ctrl Push/pull a copy of the face (leaving the original face in place)
Double-Click Apply last push/pull amount to this face
Distance Specify a push/pull amount by typing a number and Enter
Rectangle (R) Dimensions Specify dimensions by typing length, width and Enter ie. 20,40
Rotate (Q) Ctrl Rotate a copy
Angle Specify an angle by typing a number and Enter
Slope Specify an angle as a slope by typing a rise, a colon (:), a run, and Enter ie. 3:12
Scale (S) Ctrl Hold down to scale about center
Shift Hold down to scale uniformly (don’t distort)
Amount Specify a scale factor by typing a number and Enter ie. 1.5 = 150%
Length Specify a scale length by typing a number, a unit type, and Enter ie. 10m
Select (Spacebar) Ctrl Add to selection
Shift Add/subtract from selection
Ctrl+Shift Subtract from selection
Tape Measure (T) Ctrl Create a new Guide
Arrows Up or down arrow to lock in blue direction; right to lock in red; left to lock in green
Resize Resize model: measure a distance, type intended size, and Enter
Zoom (Z) Shift Hold down and click-drag mouse to change Field of View

To read the Sketchup Advanced Commands Reference “Advanced Sketchup Commands”

SketchUp 8 Guide to Icons Commands and Shortcuts - Reference Table

SketchUp 8 Guide to Icons Commands and Shortcuts – Reference Table

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