Drawing a sphere

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Advanced tasks, such as drawing a cone or sphere, require experience with several SketchUp tools and features. You should be competent with the following tools and features before attempting to draw a sphere:

  • The Circle tool
  • The Select tool
  • The Follow-Me tool
  • The Eraser tool
  • Inference

Watch this video for further information about this process:

How do I draw a sphere?

One way to draw a sphere is to use the following steps:

  1. Draw a circle on the ground plane at the origin. This circle will be used as a path used to draw the sphere. The size of this circle does not matter.
  2. Move the cursor to the origin. The cursor should snap to the origin.
  3. Move the cursor up the blue axis (above the circle on the ground plane). The cursor should turn green or red.
  4. Press and hold the Shift key to lock the Circle tool in the green or red inference direction.
  5. Draw a circle, smaller than the first, perpendicular to the circle on the ground plane (this represents the profile of the sphere).
  6. Select the edge of the circle on the ground plane. This is your path.
  7. Select the Follow-Me tool.
  8. Click on the profile of the sphere. A sphere is created.
  9. Remove the circle on the ground plane.