Rotate Tool: Creating multiple rotated copies (radial arrays)

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Creating multiple rotated copies (radial arrays)

The Rotate tool can also be used to create radial arrays, or a series of copies around a rotate point. To create a radial array.

  1. Select the Rotate tool (Rotate Tool). The cursor will change to a protractor with a circular arrow.
  2. Click on the entity to rotate.
  3. Press and release the Ctrl (Microsoft Windows) or Option (Mac OS X) key on your keyboard. The cursor will change to a protractor with a plus sign. This action informs Sketchup that you want to duplicate the entity.
  4. Move the cursor in a circle until it is at the starting point of the rotation.
  5. Click to set the starting point of the rotation. Use the inference tool tips to help you to find the center of the rotation.
  6. Move the cursor until it as at the ending point of the rotation. A copy of the entity appears and is rotated about the starting point. If the 'Enable angle snapping' checkbox is checked in the Units Panel of the Model Info dialog box, movements close to the protractor result in angle snaps, while those further away from the protractor allow free rotation.
  7. Click to complete the rotation.
  8. Type a multiplier value to create additional multiple copies. For example, typing in 2x (or *2) will create one additional copy (or 2 copies total, the one you manually copied plus one you automatically copied using this step) instead of just one.



    Note: Press and hold the Ctrl (Microsoft Windows) or Option (Mac OS X) key at any time during a rotate operation to perform a copy (not just at the start).

Creating copies at an equal distance apart

You can divide the distance between the copy and the original by typing in a divisor value in the Measurements Toolbar. For example, typing 5/ (or /5) will create five copies evenly distributed between the original and the first copy. You can enter distances and multipliers until you perform another operation.