Deleting a ceiling

advice

#1

I haven’t used sketchup in a while and I’m re-learning. I’m drawing a room and want to leave the ceiling transparent so we can rotate around it and see down inside. As I complete the plane of the ceiling it fills itself in and I don’t know how to make that disappear. I sometimes have this problem when I’m trying to make window and door openings as well. I suspect this is and easy problem for an experienced user. Your help is appreciated!


#2

Select the face, not the edges, and delete it.


#3

I tried selecting the face by double-clicking. Then I tried to delete with the eraser and with the drop-down menu. No luck. What am I missing?


#4

Select with a single click, then either hit Delete on your keyboard or right click and select erase.


#5

Bingo, thanks so much!


#6

Alternatively, you could select the ceiling’s face[s] by single-click[s] and make a Group of it [or them], then make a new layer named say CEIL. and now with the ceiling-group selected you can reassign its layer to be CEIL, then switching that CEIL layer off hides it as needed. You can always switch it on in interior views later - thereby avoiding recreating it all. Use Scene-tabs for room interiors etc with CEIL on and in your modeling work ‘from above’ have CEIL off in that ‘general’ tab…


#7

You can also paint the outside face of the ceiling with a transparent material. This lets you see through from the outside, but from the inside you can’t see out.


#8

I thought you can only make a group of multiple entities, not single ones. Once created groups can have one single entity, though, by selecting more than one, make a group and then edit the group by deleting all the entities but one.


#9

If you use a keyboard shortcut for Make Group you can make a group of a single entity. It just doesn’t show up in the context menu when it is a single.


#10

Learned one, here! Never too old, I guess.(Although it feels counterintuitive that you can ‘group’ one single entity, I think one must learn how to think outside the …:smile:)


#11

@MikeWayzovski, or select one entity > menu Edit > Make Group (or Make Component)


#12

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