SketchUp is Google's free 3-D modelling program. It is a marvellous way for beginners to get into 3-D modelling; the start-up costs are low--the website is free--and the learning curve is forgiving. There are thousands of premade models of everything imaginable available for modification in Google's virtual warehouses, but the application is intuitive and it won't take long for you to make your own 3-D masterpieces. Resizing components is a key skill in SketchUp mastery; it's also a good way for beginners to become acquainted with SketchUp's interface.
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Right-click on the object you would like to resize. Select "Edit the Component."
Select the Tape Measure tool, from the Tool Bar. The tape measure tool will take the measurement between any two points on the component along the same line. Left-click to select the starting point of your measurement, This will create a temporary dotted line. Find your second measuring point on the component, which should be on the same line, and left-click again. The distance is calculated in the measurements tool bar; the default location is the bottom-right corner.
Type in the desired measurement in the measurements toolbar. In a dialogue box, SketchUp will ask if you would like to resize the model. Select "Yes." The entire component should resize, using the changed measurement as the scale.
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