Simple Sketchup Question (I think)


#1

I am new to 3D modeling programs and am starting with Sketchup. I have a 3D Connexion mouse. I believe I understand the concept of the “Object” and “Camera” views in the Sketchup/3D Connection menus. What I don’t understand is how to rotate the actual object itself inside the landscape. Right now, when I am in “Object Mode”, the entire landscape rotates with the object. When I am in “Camera Mode” I am rotating the camera’s POV. As it stands, when I select the actual object on the Sketchup canvas and then select the “Move” tool or the “Rotate” tool in the Sketchup tool bar, it seems like I should then be able to rotate the object itself with the 3D Connexion mouse. But the mouse continues to just rotate the entire landscape with the object. I just want to be able to rotate and move the object itself and have the landscape remain static. Is this possible? It seems like I am missing something very simple.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


#2

Your 3D mouse only controls your camera, not things in your model. Move and rotate, for example, will allow you to move things you have created using your standard mouse.


#3

Is it possible you’ve accidentally grouped the object with the landscape? In SketchUp, moving or rotating a group moves or rotates the entire group and all objects inside it. If you want to move/rotate a specific object in the group, you can either explode the group back out to individual objects (right-click, explode), or edit the group by double clicking on it and then moving/rotating the objects inside the group individually.