Google SketchUp New Users 3: Push/ Pull

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You've learned about the concepts of SketchUp and about drawing shapes. It's time to
introduce you to the Push/ pull tool. This is what SketchUp is all about. Pick the tool
and simply click on shapes to pull them into 3d.
When pulling on surfaces, here are some tips to
remember... The push/pull tool will work on any FLAT shape.
This is true in any direction. You can pull outward on surfaces, or push
inward on them. When pulling surfaces, the tool will always
pull and push in a direction that is perpendicular to the surface.
A common error is to try using push/pull on an edge, which won't work. Push/pull will
only work on surfaces, so get in the habit of clicking
in the center of a surface to push or pull on
it. After playing around with some random shapes
the next question you might ask it how to pull this shape up exactly 5 feet, or push
this shape in exactly 20 centimeters.. To be accurate in SketchUp you simply start
an action, then type in a value for it. That's it!
Have a look. Start pulling this shape up then type "5 feet"
and hit the 'enter' key. It snaps to exactly 5
feet. Start pushing this shape inward and type "20 cm" for 20 centimeters, hit the 'enter'
key and it's done! You can enter metric or imperial units, here
are some examples. Type: 3" for 3 inches
7' = 7 feet 40 cm = 40 centimeters
8.5 m = 8 and a half meters A common misconception when entering accurate
units in SketchUp is that you need to open a box or click to place your cursor somewhere.
This is not true, you simply type the units and hit enter, any time, with any tool.
There is another way to be accurate with the push/pull tool. You can pull on one surface
and infer to another. Watch this example to see
how it works. We'll create 4 boxes of random sizes and use inferring to align them.
Start pulling on one surface, but then move the cursor to another surface to finish. Click
to start here, click to finish here, click to
start, click to finish. Inferring makes this task easy!
Consider as well that you can infer across and through other surfaces as well. You can
infer to any edge or surface you can see on screen.
Another unique feature that you can accomplish with the push/ pull tool is the ability to
cut openings in objects. Here is a simple example.
Create a box and draw some other shapes on one side. If you push these surfaces across
to the other side of the box, they will be cut
away entirely. The key to cutting an opening is making sure
both surfaces are parallel and clear of any other edges. You can see this here:
This box IS parallel on both sides, so pushing this surface back to the other works well.
This object has a back side that is slanted, so these sides are NOT parallel and won't
properly cut an opening.
These sides are parallel, but orbiting to the back side shows an edge drawn across the
surface. This edge will prevent SketchUp from cutting an opening, however we can erase
the problem edge and then cut an opening as expected.
Now that you have a good understanding of the push/pull tool, lets examine another very
important tool: the move tool. You can move endpoints, edges, surfaces, selected
entities or grouped objects. We'll focuse just on edges and selections.
Use the select tool to select a single edge then pick the move tool to move that edge.
In this way you can slant surfaces.
To move an entire object, use the select tool and drag a selection window around the object
you want to move. Now that the object is selected and highlighted, choose the move tool to
move the object around your scene. Learning to move well in SketchUp takes some
practice and we cover more tips and techniques in other videos, so be sure to
look at more videos or help documentation about
the move tool to understand all about this versatile tool.
Now that you understand the fundamentals about SketchUp, you are ready to try working
and building in 3d. In the next video we will show you 3 different methods to create a
simple chair to give you some ideas you can use for your own projects.
Happy Sketching