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Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes by Steven Holzner

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Lesson 9. X-Raying Objects, Creating Guides and Offsets

In this lesson, we’re going to extend our SketchUp skill set by x-raying objects, creating construction guides, and offsetting edges to make copies of them.

Getting Started

When you x-ray surfaces, you can see what’s behind them. That’s great when your model gets more involved and objects start obstructing objects and you don’t want to keep rotating around to see behind them.

You can create construction guides with the Tape Measure tool. Construction guides are dotted lines that you use for reference when moving or aligning other objects, and they’re great when you’re laying out the parts of your model.

We’ll also see how to create offsets in this lesson. An offset is a copy of an edge ...

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