SketchUp Tutorial | Principal Toolbar

  • These tools are essential to learning how to use SketchUp and are tools you will be using all the time throughout SketchUp. We will start by adding the view toolbar, View->Toolbars, then select the Principal box. This will bring up a tab that looks like this:
  • Selection tool, this tool is used to select objects, lines, and faces. To use select the icon and left click the object you want to select. Or hit your spacebar on your keyboard for a keyboard shortcut. Icon:
  • Make Component from selected entities, this tool will create a component from your selected objects, lines and, and faces and turn them into a component. This will create ease of use throughout your modeling experience. To use select your objects and left click this icon from the toolbar:
  • Paint bucket, this tool allows you to texture objects in your model. This will give you perspective and speed up the designing aspect of your model. To use, select the paint bucket icon from the toolbar and it should open up a tab on the left side of your workspace titled "Materials":
  •  You can select preset materials from the dropdown or upload your own. To upload your own select the icon: 
  • This will bring up another tab entitled "Create material..." you can edit textures here too. To upload your own textures select the folder icon: 
  • Next, select your filetype. Once uploaded, you have several options. You can set the size of the image texture as well as the Opacity, color, and basic patterns. Select OK when finished. Another option you have is to pick color tool, this will allow you to select pre-existing texture colors in your model. To use, select the dropper icon and select a face. Dropper Icon location:
  •  To paint your objects select the texture you wish to use and right click the faces you want to texture. Bucket Icon: 
  • Note: When uploading your own textures the system will create the size of you pre-defined when creating the material texture. And multiply that image side by side covering your face.
  • Eraser tool, this allows you to erase lines, components, and groups with ease. To use select the eraser icon from your toolbar and hold left click over the lines you wish to remove. Icon: