SketchUp Tutorial | Basic Drawing Tools

  • SketchUp has many different ways of drawing up your model. These are the basic drawing tools that you will need. We will start by adding the drawing toolbar, View->Toolbars, then select the drawing box. This will bring up a tab that looks like this icon:

  • Please note: These tools are only 2D tools.
  • Tip: To get a precise length type in how long you want it and in your bottom right corner there will be a box called Measurements/Length/Dimensions and it will show you the dimensions of what you just crated. If you want to make a line one foot ten inches type in 1'10" and hit enter and it should look like this:

  • Tip #2: For rectangles and circles it looks slightly different, to make a 3" by 3" rectangle make any size rectangle then type in: 3",3" and hit enter. The dimension box bottom right should look like this:

  • Pencil tool, this tool allows you to create line segments from point a to point b. To use select the tool and hold left click and drag until you get the length you want. Or left click once to start the line and left click again to finish it, then click escape if you are not going to continue the line segment.  Icon:

  • Freehand, this tool allows you to draw freehand, it is very hard to work with and I would not suggest it if you are trying to be accurate. To use select the tool and hold left click and drag. Icon:

  • Rectangle tool, this tool allows you to create rectangles/squares. To use select the tool and left click once where you want to start the corner of the rectangle and left click in another location to finish the rectangle. Icon:

  • Rectangle face, this tool allows you to make a rectangle from three points rather than two and can be more accurate. To use select tool and left click to start then left click again up or down from your starting point to make the length/width and finally finish the rectangle by going the opposite direction from the second point. Icon:

  • Circle, this tool allows you to create a 2D circle. To use select tool and left click to create the mid-point for the circle, then select another point to finish the circle. Icon:

  • Polygon, this tool allows you to create any sort of polygon you want. To use select tool and type in the number of faces you want for your polygon and click enter. Next left click to create the mid-point for the polygon and select another point to finish the polygon. Icon:

  • Three point arc, this tool allows you to create arcs from the midpoint then creating a parcial or full circle. To use select tool and left click to place the midpoint of the arc, then pull out to create the radious of the circle. Now simply pull mouse and left click when you have the satasfactory arc. Icon:
  • Raised arc, this tool allows you to create a arc from two points and then lifting up the arc. To use select tool and left click two points in your model then lift up to the desired hight. Icon:

  • 3 Point circumfrance, this tool allows you to create a circle from two points then will bulge out the arc. To use select two points in your model and drag out until you get the desired arc. Icon:

  • Closed arc from center, this tool allows you to create a closed arc from the midpoint. To use select tool and left click once to create the midpoint, then select another point to create the radius, next select another point to determine the how much of the circle you are going to use. Icon: