How do I draw polygons (triangles, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and so on)?

If you're using SketchUp, you'll first need to activate the Drawing toolbar:

  1. Open the "View" menu.
  2. Point to "Toolbars."
  3. Click "Drawing."

Next, use the Polygon tool to draw the shape you want (the default is a hexagon):

  1. Select the Polygon tool (it looks like a triangle).
  2. Click the ground plane to set the center point of the polygon.(The ground plane is created by the red and green axes.)
  3. Type the number of sides you want, followed by an "s," for example, to create a pentagon, type "5s" and press Enter.
  4. To finish drawing the polygon, pull out to the size you want, and then click to set the edges.

Hint: If you want to create a polygon aligned to a different plane:

  1. Select the Polygon tool.
  2. Move out to the top edges of the drawing until the cursor changes to a red or green polygon.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key to lock that inference direction.
  4. Move to the point where you want to draw the polygon, and then click to set the centerpoint. You can now release the Shift key.
  5. Finish drawing the polygon.