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Move Tool

SU Fundamentals 10-1 Move Tool

0:03 The move tool is possibly the most versatile tool in SketchUp.

0:11 You can move surfaces and edges, manipulate shapes, move groups, auto-fold geometry, make copies and arrays, all with this one tool.

0:24 Let’s start by understanding basic move functions, and we’ll assemble this puzzle as an example.

0:31 Open the exercise file if you’d like to follow-along.

0:35 With the move tool, you want to be deliberate in how you move objects, and use SketchUp’s inferences to help you.

0:45 Think of a starting and ending point.

0:49 Let’s select this puzzle piece and move it from this corner, exactly to the frame corner.

0:56 For the next piece, we could move it meaningfully from several corners.

1:01 We could to snap to the frame corner, or to the other puzzle piece.

1:07 Again, what is important is to think of a good starting, and ending point.

1:12 Because these pieces are thin, I do need to be careful in selecting the top edge,

1:18 or I might accidentally move a piece that doesn’t sit properly in the frame.

1:23 If that happens, I can undo or move this again from the correct top corner.

1:30 The rest of the puzzle will be easy to finish, remember to select the pieces you are trying to move first.

1:37 Now it’s your turn, assemble the basic puzzle, and then we’ve got a 2nd puzzle for you to practice on as well.

1:57 Our next example shows how the geometry you are moving can get in the way,

2:04 obstructing the point you are trying to move to.

2:08 Trying to move this red block from this view covers up the corners on the green block.

2:14 Orbiting to a different view will often help, but another useful tip is to toggle X-ray mode on...

2:22 Now you can see through geometry and snap directly to inference points.

2:28 You may find it useful to create a keyboard shortcut for X-ray mode, to quickly toggle it on and off.

2:36 You can create keyboard shortcuts through SketchUp’s preferences.

2:41 When using the move tool, it is generally the best practice to pre-select the objects or groups you want to move.

2:52 However, if nothing is selected, the move tool will auto-select as you hover around.

2:59 This is true of groups, of edges, surfaces, and actually, end points.

3:07 In fact, end-points cannot be selected with the selection arrow, so the only way to move endpoints is by auto-selecting them with the move tool.

3:18 Make sure nothing is selected and try moving some of the edges and points around on this sheet of paper....

3:25 As you do, you’ll notice this hexagon is still behaving as one shape.

3:30 If you wanted to move the corners around individually, you could rt-click on this polygon, and explode it into the segments.

3:42 By now, you’ve surely noticed these red tic-marks that show up on groups or components.

3:49 These will usually show up on any side of a group, depending on where your cursor is.

3:55 These tic-marks allow you to rotate the group about it’s center.

3:59 Click on one and rotate the group around.

4:02 If you hover near the rotation gizmo that appears you can also snap to every 15 degrees.

4:09 We’ll learn to use the actual rotate tool in a later course, but these are a handy way to move and rotate groups around.

4:21 Before we move onto the next exercise, practice using the move tool and the rotation marks to turn all these pencils vertical.

4:31 They don’t need be perfectly vertical, but rotate them and move them up in the blue direction until they are hovering just above the desk surface

4:41 Something like we are showing here.

4:44 In the next example, we’ll move these into the glass jar.

4:55 To move these pencils into the jar, we are going to practice something we call, a "relative move".

5:03 Rather than clicking on the pencil itself, we’ll first select the pencil,

5:09 then use the move tool to click somewhere near the pencil, but still on the desk...

5:14 and move it over until it sits somewhere in the jar.

5:18 The important part is that we are still clicking somewhere on the same desk surface.

5:23 If I select another pencil, and click somewhere on the desk surface to start moving it,

5:30 you can see how hovering around the model moves the pencil based on that initial point, to whatever point I hover over.

5:38 You still need to be aware of the starting point, and ending point, even for a relative move.

5:45 We may not be snapping end points together, but we are still moving the selected object from one exact point in space, to another exact point in space.

5:57 Now that you know different ways to use the move tool, practice by rearranging the various elements on this desk.

6:06 Re-stack the blocks or puzzle pieces, place pens in the jar or around the desk.

6:12 Change the shapes on the paper.

6:15 Practice selecting and moving objects, or moving them by auto-selecting them with the move tool.

6:22 Get very comfortable with the move tool in this example, and in the next lesson we’ll practice moving edges and geometry to re-shape your models.