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SketchUp For Intermediate Users

Jun 08, 2018
Video Length:  1:01:13
Presented By:  Jake Lott

By now, you've learned the basics of SketchUp and are ready to put those skills to the test. Join us as we focus on SketchUp components – what types of components are available, how to create them, and when to use each type. We'll also take a deeper look into other features within the dialog settings and introduce plugins that will help with your basic workflow within SketchUp.

Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)

  • Intro/TOC
  • Intro to Plugins (Extensions)
  • Components
    • Hidden Features Within the Copy Command

0:00 – 3:06: Intro/TOC

3:07 – 39:54: Intro to Plugins (Extensions)

SketchUp Extension Resources (3:11):


A few SketchUp Extensions (3:45):

  • Extrude Line: Didier Bur
  • Edge Tools2: Thom Thom
  • Weld: Smustard
  • Make Face: s4u
  • Round Edges Corners: DBS
  • Multiple Offset: Sam D. Mitch
  • Tools on Surface: fredo6
  • DropGC: Smustard
  • Raytracer: Thom Thom
  • Shape Bender: Chris Fullmer
  • Layer Manager: Didier Bur


Creating contiguous faces out of selected linework using Make Face (6:25)


Locating all end segments in the plan using Edge Tools2, in order to troubleshoot and correct issues with faces (8:32)


Double-clicking and triple-clicking (11:00)

Double-clicking within an area will select that face and the bounding edges. Triple-clicking will select all linework that is attached to that item.


Using the Weld extension to join linework (12:45)

The Weld extension works like the Join tool in AutoCAD.


Creating a group and welding it together as a contiguous object (13:05)


Creating curved walls and edges using Extrude Line (15:40)


Thickening a wall using Joint Push Pull (19:15)


Subdividing faces with directional precision using Divide Faces (20:50)


Drawing on contoured surfaces usingTools on Surface (23:20)

With Tools on Surface, you can create contiguous faces even on contoured surfaces, and then use other extensions such as Extrude Line or Joint Push Pull on those faces.


Creating a “Face Me” component (29:40)


Setting the axis of a component (31:14)


Scaling a component (32:40)


Placing scattered copies of components randomly using Raytracer (35:10)


Cutting out surfaces using the Follow Me tool (36:45)


Using Tools on Surface to create an offset on a curved surface (37:50)


Creating an identical offset on several connected faces using Multiple Offsets (38:30)

39:55 – end: Components

Creating a component (39:55)


Placing components (40:52)


Changing a component’s axis (44:55)


Combining components into a nested component (47:10)


Hidden Features Within the Copy Command (48:00)

Placing copies of a component at a set distance and completing the same work on all components simultaneously (48:00)


Making a component unique to make changes to only that component and not all the copies (51:00)


Creating another unique component and placing equally spaced copies within a set space (53:00)


Push-Pulling two components toward each other (54:22)


Question: Does the Make Unique option make subcomponents unique as well? (57:00)

Answer: No, it does not. But you can find extensions that can make subcomponents unique.


Gluing components to objects using the Any option (58:49)

The glued component will follow objects as you drag it, but won’t cut the surfaces.

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