SketchUp Circle Tool: Creating precise circles

Creating Precise Circles

The Measurements Toolbar displays the radius after setting the center point of a circle. Use the Measurements Toolbar to enter an exact radius and number of segments.



Specifying a Radius


The Measurements Toolbar's label indicates "Radius" after you place the center point of the circle. Type the radius size in the Measurements Toolbar, after placing the center point, and press the Enter (Mac OS X) or Return (Mac OS X) key. You can perform this action either during or immediately following the creation of the circle. For example: 24r or 3'6"r or 5mr.


Note: The Circle Tool will snap to any previously entered radius within the Measurements Toolbar.



Specifying the Number of Sides


The Measurements Toolbar's label indicates "Sides" when the Circle Tool is initially activated. Specify the number of sides in the Measurements Toolbar, and press the Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return (Mac OS X) key, before clicking to set the center point of the circle. For example: 100.



You can also specify the number of sides in a circle immediately after the creation of the circle. Type the number of sides in the Measurements Toolbar, followed by the letter s, and press the Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return (Mac OS X) key. For example: 20s. This number will be applied to any future circles.


Note: The default number of segments for a circle is 24.