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SketchUp follow-me sphere tuto by ninjatoespapercraft SketchUp follow-me sphere tuto by ninjatoespapercraft
One of the people on the Nintendo Papercraft forums asked how to create a sphere in SketchUp.

Everybody has their own preference on how to do this, but I like to use the "Follow-me" tool. ;o)

You can also simply import an existing one as a component by going to the "Window" menu, opening the "Component" window and then chosing "Shapes" from the pulldown menu, but if you want a bit more control ( I like to unfold spheres as "rings" or "petals" for instance ) you can also easily create one yourself.

I wanted to show inexperienced users why the "Follow-me" tool is called the "Follow-me" tool, but you can also simply select the circle, and then click on the perpencidular semi-circle with the "Follow-me" tool, and then the semi-circle shape will automatically follow the circular outline all the way around to create a sphere.

Especially on very complex shapes, that's much easier of course (although sometimes you'll still want to do it manually ;o)

I always think the best way to learn a software like this, is just to play around with it whenever you have the time; it's a lot more fun that way and you'll often find your own way of doing things, that works much better for you than the one explained to you by someone else! ;o)

But if you still need some help, SketchUp has *a lot* of video tutorials that can offer some much needed explanation of course: [link] ;o)
La-Bomba-Frita Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that the program you use to create models for papercrafting? I'm trying to learn to use Blender.
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Sometimes, but mostly I use a program called Metasequoia, because SketchUp models don't always import well in Pepakura Designer... I made my NES Zapper in SketchUp, though. ;o)
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