Mirroring objects

Can someone please tell me the easiest method [step-by-step] for mirroring an object on the iPad? I know you can flip axis, but I need some other way, if possible.

Have you tried the scale tool? Grab a control handle and drag it to -1.00 as a scale factor and you get a mirror image. If you want it to be a copy, copy the original before you start, and paste in place after.

If you have trouble snapping to -1.00 you can type it in afterwards.

If you know the axis orientation of an object, “flip along” is the easiest.

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It would be cool if the scale tool could copy with CTRL, but it is already used for centering the scale action.

Just give it a copy function like the move and rotate tools. I second this.

Of course. In iPad, CTRL makes no sense… It should be an extra sub tool.


A native mirror command in SU desktop and iPad would be a massive improvement. As a fundamental of modelling it would ideally be baked-in. Flip along (especially when off axis) or Scale to -1 are clumsy. The amount of mirror plug-ins created is a clear inidicator of it’s requirement. Another one of those super-easy, upsets no one, easy wins.


@JuJitsoup we agree – and have some good news on that front. Today’s releases of SketchUp Desktop 2023, SketchUp for Web, and SketchUp for iPad (V6.2) bring with them the new Flip tool.

You’ll find some great info about Flip in the Blog Post about SketchUp for iPad v6.2, as well as in the release notes here.