May the Shortcuts be with you...

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Last week we had our first virtual SketchUp Meetup over Zoom and what a great time it was! Check out some screencaps of *straight up* the most exciting thing I did that day.

SketchUp guru Mark Harrison was on hand to share some insight regarding how learning shortcuts is an essential part of learning 3d modeling. Here are his recommendations for the first shortcuts to learn, based on tools that most people use frequently.

  • Select (Space bar)
  • Line (L)
  • Eraser (E)
  • Arc (A)
  • Rectangle (R)
  • Circle (C)
  • Push/Pull (P)
  • Paint Bucket (B)
  • Move (M)
  • Rotate (Q)
  • Scale (S)
  • Tape Measure (T)

When you are ready to take things to the next level, here are a few more advanced shortcuts that you can customize using "SketchUp > Preferences... > Shortcuts". These are big time-savers.

  • X-ray (X)
  • Hide Rest of Model (Shift+M)
  • Color by Axis (Shift+X)
  • View Hidden Geometry (Shift+H)
  • Toggle Perspective / Parallel Projection (Shift+P)
  • Create Scene (+)
  • Previous & Next Scene (< and >)
  • Toggle Shadows (Shift + S)

And finally, here are a few custom shortcuts that were shared by SketchUp Meetup members. If you'd like to see more, click here to download a PDF as well as a RIVETING video of the Meetup itself!

If you'd like to learn more about SketchUp, check out our Meetup page and become a member!

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Jannine Hanczarek is a Technical Illustrator at Fat Pencil Studio.