Beginner’s guide to using SketchUp for kitchen remodeling. Part 2 — Manage your view
If seeing is believing, you’ll believe in your ability to design.
In SketchUp, you create in a 3D environment at a real scale. This is a practical solution that I like to call the WYSWIG reality interface. To use its full potential, you need to move efficiently in the virtual space.
See your kitchen from a bird’s eye view.
Viewing a project in 3D is not always the best solution. Fortunately, in SketchUp, it’s much easier to see a 2D view than it is to fly.
- Open the “Scenes” panel in the bar on the right — the film clapboard icon,
- select “Parallel Projection” — that’s the bottom one of the two cubes,
- select “Top View” — that’s the top view of the house roof, the middle icon
Congratulations! You have just started to create a technical drawing.
Does your mouse have 3 buttons?
But is your view also half obscured by the side panel?
To effectively control a view, your mouse must have a scroll wheel. This is the third button that lets you control what you see. Hide the side panel with the arrow in the upper right corner, then:
- Use the scroll wheel to zoom in or out.
- Press and drag the scroll button to circle your model
- Press and drag the scroll button and the left mouse button simultaneously to pan your view.
Grab it like a pro.
If, like me, you have only ever used your index finger to scroll and LMB, it may take you a little longer to get used to it. The best way to start is by holding the mouse like this:
- Thumb and pinky at the sides holding the mouse,
- index finger on the left button,
- middle finger on the scroll wheel,
- ring finger on the right button.
Is that unusual for you, too? You’ll get used to it in no time.
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