Determining which way is up, down, east, west, north, and south

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Each axis has a solid line on one side of the origin and a dotted line on the other side of the origin. Following is an explanation for each line that make up the origin:

  • The solid blue line leads up from the origin.
  • The dotted blue line leads down from the origin.
  • The solid red line leads east from the origin.
  • The dotted red line leads west from the origin.
  • The solid green line leads north from the origin.
  • The dotted green line leads south from the origin.

SketchUp axes

A Real-World 3D understanding of the axis is important when you placing models in Google Earth or casting realistic shadows.