Scale Tool

The Scale tool () in SketchUp for iPad helps you resize geometry in your model while maintaining its proportions. Need that vase you made to be 50% smaller? Or how about when you find out a room in your floor plan needs to be 10 feet wide, but the rest of the floor plan must stay the same. In both cases, the Scale tool is your best bet.

Tip: For more complex geometry, we recommend selecting what you would like to scale before activating the Scale tool. If you have an easy selection, like a 2D shape or a surface entity, you can select it after activating the Scale tool.

When you activate the Scale tool, a yellow box with green grips appears around your selection. You can then use those grips to change the scale.

In SketchUp for iPad, the Scale tool has the following optional tool modes:

  • About Center () - When activated, the Scale tool uses the center point of the selected geometry as an inference.
  • Scale Uniform () - Activating this helps make sure all of your geometry scales proportionately. This helps avoid warping your model when scaling.
Tip: Both of the Scale tool's optional tool modes can be activated alone or at the same time.
Keyboard Shortcut: Pressing S activates the Scale Tool.

iPad Input Methods for the Scale Tool

After choosing the Scale tool and activating any optional tool modes, you can use any of the following iPad input methods in either Click-Move-Click or Just Draw mode.

Tip: You can enter an exact scale using the Measurements box while drawing no matter which input method you decide to use.

All Input Methods - Click or long press the scaling point you wish to use to scale your selection. You may release and then click or tap again, or drag and release, once you've found the right scaling point for your selection.

Pencil (Click-Move-Click mode) - Long press the scaling point you wish to use to scale your selection. Long press again once you've found the right scale for your selection.

For more information on using the Scale tool in your models, see Scaling Your Model or Parts of Your Model.