I’m brand new to Sketchup and still learning so please forgive me if this is a silly question. I’m currently trying to use the Rotated Rectangle tool to create and angled wall. Whenever I try to enter the value for the angle (e.g. 60 degrees), Sketchup reads it as a length measurement. So how do I enter the angle I wish to use please?
First hit the Alt key, you must type first the length then put a comma or semicolon, look at the bottom right of your screen, type the angle hit enter, then type the other length of the rectangle and hit enter again.
It took me ages to master the rotated rectangle tool and even now I will make a group and use the rotate tool to obtain the angle I want, then explode the group
rather than use the rotated rectangle.
“Angled wall” as in: a vertical wall at an angle with the red axis.
I seldom use the ‘Rotated Tectangle’ tool, it’s a strange tool to master.
In your case there are two ways to optain an accurate vertical angled rectangle:
- apply the ‘Protractor’ tool first to create a horizontal guide on the ground plane at the correct angle from the red axis.
- now with the ‘Rotated Rectangle’ tool (= ‘RR’ tool) click first and second point on this guide.
- then enter length value,90 [Enter]
- then again enter exact length value, height value [Enter]
- with the ‘RR’ tool click on the ground plane
- click a second time in space above the ‘RR’ cursor when it shows green. This sets a vertical axis around which you can now create a vertical wall at an angle.
- so enter length value, angle value [Enter]
- then again enter length value, height value [Enter]
Thank you everyone! These are all great suggestions!
When you say explode the group, what do you mean by that or how do you do it?
I was able to create the Rotated Rectangle successfully, but I have a couple of questions. First, after creating the shape, it no longer displays the measurements (including the angle). How can I go back and see those values for this shape?
Secondly, you mentioned that you seldom use the Rotated Rectangle tool. I’m curious how you prefer to draw them instead.
If you’ve made a group it will be surrounded by a blue bounding box, if not you’ll only have faces. To explode the group, select the group with one click of the left mouse button, then right-click on it and then select the option ‘explode’, about the fifth option down.
With seldom I mean seldom, when I need to answer questions like yours.
See shortened workflow nr. 2)
Since I entered the height when seeing the green protractor along the “On Edge …” (say 2500mm), the next step only needs entering the width and angle op the desired wall, still shown as 3594,40.0 down right in the measurements field. Override that with your desired values.
What does exploding do? Can I use that to extrude the group to the proper size?
Thank you! I’m struggling a little with the protractor tool. I set my points, and the guideline appears correct until I enter the angle, and the guideline swings way over from where I wanted it. I’ll have to watch some tutorials to learn more about how to use it properly.
There is the ‘Protractor’ tool (to create guides) and the protractor shown with the ‘RR’ tool. This one can certainly be confusing. See my workflow images above (2), entirely done with the ‘RR’ tool.
The ‘Protractor’ tool is straight forward.
You can do the entire workflow as shown above in a group’s environment as mentioned by @Guido. If you want the new wall as a separate entity.
With very few exceptions I find it easier to create geometry on major axis and rotate it into position.
I just had to train my brain again with that ‘RR’ tool. It seems to be an easy tool.
It is a cool one and sometimes just the thing! But I often forget it.