Newbie Question: How do I scale only the height of an object?

Hi there!

I pulled my exact model of standing desk from the 3D Warehouse into my SketchUp project, but now I’m trying to adjust its height to better represent the height I like to sit at. I can do this, however when I do, the object slighly distorts. The legs get a little wider, the desktop a little thinner, etcetera. Any advice? How can I lower the object without distoring it?

Thanks!

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Probably shouldn’t be using Scale for this operation. It depends upon how the model was built.

It would help if you share the .skp file so we can see what you are working with and give you specifics.

From your video Scale is definitely NOT the right tool for the job. Move would be the choice but the exact steps depend on exactly how the model is built. As I wrote before, sharing the .skp file with us would help us get you pointed in the right direction.

Typo: @DaveR meant “move”.

You’ve never heard of the Wove tool? :crazy_face:

Fixt. Thanks.

Hey there!

Thanks for the input. I’m trying to share my .skp file, but its waaay too big for this 16mb upload limit here on the forums (around 92mb). Gotta a lot of models in here I’m playing around with :sweat_smile:

That’s a crazy file size for what you show in the video. Upload it to DropBox and share the link.

You might also find this thing I did eons ago helpful.

Did you draw the TV yourself, or import it from the 3D Warehouse? I suspect it may be what is making your file so large.

Select the parts you want to move. Select the Move tool. Move the parts you wish to go up and down. Use the Up arrow to constrain movement in the Z axis.

Oh there’s a bunch of stuff off camera – like I said, playing around with a bunch of stuff. There are a couple of desks in the project; the one I’m working with it the one in the bedroom, underneath the books.

Here’s the link:

Sketch Up - Google Drive

Oh there’s a bunch of stuff off camera – like I said, playing around with a bunch of stuff. There are a couple of desks in the project; the one I’m working with it the one in the bedroom, underneath the books.

The link is posted in my reply to DaveR, thanks!

resize
With the Move tool

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Ah! Very cool. Gosh, SketchUp is so rad. :smiley:

Thanks for the help! And I’ll give your article a read as well. Appreciate it!

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Even so, you should be keeping your model clean as you go. First ensure correct tag usage. I fixed your model here:
Screenshot - 6_22_2022 , 3_38_37 PM
ALL edges and faces should be created and remain untagged.

And purge unused stuff from your file.
Screenshot - 6_22_2022 , 3_38_57 PM

That reduced the file size by more than 46%.

Thanks for the advice! It’ll save me a bunch on time on future personal projects, I’m sure.

There are also some very large (over 3000 x 3000) texture images that bloat the size of the file. I presume these came along with components you imported from the 3D Warehouse. Another reason to examine 3DW components in a separate file before putting them into your actual model.

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