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Moving Edges and Surfaces with the Move Tool

You can use the Move tool to pull edges into 3D. Take a look at the cube in Figure 5.18.

Figure 5.18

Figure 5.18 A cube.

That's fine—but what if you wanted to draw a ramp instead, such as the one you see in Figure 5.19?

Figure 5.19

Figure 5.19 A ramp created by using the Move tool.

You can easily convert the cube in Figure 5.18 to the ramp in Figure 5.19 using the Move tool, which you can use to grasp edges and pull them into 3D (the Push/Pull tool lets you only push or pull surfaces).

Here's how it works—in this example, we'll convert a cube to a ramp.

  1. Click the Start Using SketchUp button and click the human figure that appears in the Engineering–Feet template to select it; press the Del key to delete it.
  2. Draw a horizontal rectangle.
  3. Click the Push/Pull tool in the toolbar and move the mouse cursor to the rectangle.
  4. Press the mouse button on the rectangle and drag the rectangle up to extend it into a 3D cube, as shown in Figure 5.18.
  5. Select the Move tool in the toolbar (as shown in Figure 5.19).
  6. Press the mouse button on the lower-right edge of the cube.
  7. Drag the edge away from the cube to form the ramp. As you drag, the ramp extends from the cube.
  8. Click the mouse at the location you want for the end of the ramp. When you do, the ramp becomes permanent (unless you erase it), as shown in Figure 5.19.

That's how the Move tool works in 3D. Using this tool, you can drag edges, not surfaces, into 3D, as in the case of making a ramp from a cube.

As its name implies, you can also use the Move tool to move individual objects around. Simply use the Select tool to select the object, and then move the object into place with the Move tool.

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