How Do I Create an Array of Objects in SketchUp?

In SketchUp, you can create an array of objects to duplicate and arrange elements in a structured manner. This can be particularly useful when you need to create repetitive patterns or designs. In this tutorial, we will explore how to create an array of objects in SketchUp using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Create the Base Object

The first step is to create the base object that will be duplicated in the array. This could be any shape or geometry that you want to repeat. For example, let’s say we want to create a row of trees.

1. Start by selecting the Rectangle tool from the toolbar on the left side of the screen.


Click and drag on the workspace to draw a rectangle representing the base object, which in this case is a tree trunk.

3. To add more detail, you can use the Line tool or other tools available in SketchUp to draw branches and leaves on top of the trunk.

Step 2: Create the Array

Once you have created your base object, it’s time to create the array by duplicating and arranging multiple instances of it. Here’s how:

1. Select the Move tool from the toolbar. Select your base object by clicking on it once.

Press and hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key (Windows) or ‘Option’ key (Mac) on your keyboard.

4. Click and drag your base object to create a copy of it.

5. You can release the ‘Ctrl’ or ‘Option’ key and the mouse button after you have created the first copy.

Step 3: Arrange the Array

Now that you have created multiple copies of your base object, it’s time to arrange them in the desired pattern. Follow these steps:

1. Select the Move tool again from the toolbar. Click and drag one of the copies to position it where you want it in relation to the original object.

This will act as a guide for aligning subsequent copies. Select another copy and move it to its desired position relative to the guide object. Repeat this process until you have arranged all the copies in your desired pattern or design.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some additional tips and tricks to help you work more efficiently with arrays in SketchUp:

  • Duplicate Along Path: Instead of manually arranging objects, you can use SketchUp’s “Follow Me” tool to create an array along a path. Simply draw a path using the Line tool and select both the path and the object you want to duplicate.

    Then, go to Extensions > Follow Me and click on ‘Apply’.

  • Edit Individual Objects: If you need to make changes to individual objects within an array, simply double-click on any object to enter its component editing mode. This will allow you to modify that specific object without affecting others in the array.
  • Create Dynamic Arrays: To create arrays that can be easily modified later, consider using plugins like “Dynamic Components” or “Array Maker”. These plugins provide more flexibility and control over your arrays.

With these simple steps and tips, you can easily create arrays of objects in SketchUp. Experiment with different patterns and designs to unleash your creativity!