Learn how to manipulate the shape of objects in SketchUp Free. This video describes the importance of faces and edges within SketchUp, and then shows how to select and manipulate these components to reshape objects. Faces and edges can be selected using a right click menu that allows multiple faces and edges to be selected.
- [Instructor] In addition to moving, rotating, and scaling objects, we can also manipulate what are called faces and edges. Now these are the basic components with which we build objects in SketchUp. Now we've created these using the line tools as well as the push pull tool in the previous chapter. So you should be familiar with these. So it all starts with the select tool. So if I want to, I can select a face within an object. So if I left click here, you'll see, I'm selecting the side of the building. If I left click here, you can select the roof or the side of the staircase. Now, once we have something selected, we can move, rotate, or scale it. So we're going to focus more on move. So let's go ahead and just hit the M key to move. Now with this selected, I can drag it along the red axis, hold down shift if I want to lock that in. And that allows me to move that face and resize that staircase. Now, if I were to go back to my select tool, hit the front of the stairs, and again, hit move, I can drag that along the green axis. Or select this one and do the same. Now I also can select multiple objects. So if I select this, hold down the shift key, select that, and then go move with my M key, I can move both of these. Now, in addition to selecting things manually, we also can have SketchUp select for us. So if I select the side of the staircase and right-click, you'll see we have a select menu. So we can select what are called bounding edges. And so that basically just highlights all the edges around this. And so now I've selected not only the face, but the edges that surround it. If I click off this and reselect that side of the staircase, right click, go into select, I can select all connected faces. So any face that is remotely connected to that, will be selected. So this one here on the far side is not selected but any other face that touches this one face will be selected. Now, if I right click again and go select, I can do all connected. And that selects basically everything in that staircase. And I can do the same for this building. So like the side of the building, right click and go select all connected. And that will select everything in the building. Now, this also works for edges. So if I select this edge here of the roof on the building, I can right click, go select connected faces and it will only select the two faces on either side of that edge. If I select that edge again and right click, I can do all connected. I can also do all while I'm the same tag, or I can invert my selection. So let's say I have these two selected, I can invert my selection. Select everything, but those two. Now, in addition to this, we can select by what's called tags. And I will get to that in just a bit. And that's just a way to mark objects. Or we can also select by material, and I can show you that right now. So if I go hit my space bar, go into select mode, and select this wood portion of the building, I can right click, go select all with the same material. So anything that has that wood material on it will be selected, which is basically all the walls, and the floor of the building. And this is a great way to select things of the same material in case you want to recolor them. So, as you can see, there's a number of different ways to select and manipulate individual faces and edges in SketchUp.