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sketchup_icon.gifProbably one of the more infamous tools of Google's Sketchup is the Push/Pull tool.  By using the Push/Pull tool you are basically pulling your flat surfaces into 3D and adding or subtracting volume to your models.  In any direction, you can pull outward on surfaces or inward on them.  When pulling surfaces the tool will always pull and push in a direction that is perpendicular to the surface.



push_pull_tool.gifJust click on the Push/Pull tool, and click on the face you want to extrude.  If you want to be accurate, you simply start an action then type a value for it, and hit the enter key.  So if you want your building to be 10 feet tall, start to pull your building up, and type in 10' enter.  Sketchup automatically snaps to exactly 10 feet.  You don't have to open up a dialog box or click somewhere to enter the value; just type in the units and hit enter; this is true with any of the tools in Sketchup.

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