How Do I Offset a Circle in Sketchup?

Have you ever wondered how to offset a circle in Sketchup? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to offset a circle in Sketchup using simple and easy-to-follow instructions.

Step 1: Select the Circle Tool

To start off, open Sketchup and select the Circle Tool from the toolbar. This tool is represented by an icon that looks like a circle.

Step 2: Draw a Circle

Click once on the canvas to set the center point of your circle. Then, drag your cursor away from the center to define the radius of the circle. You can enter specific dimensions for the radius if needed.

Step 3: Activate the Offset Tool

Now that you have drawn your circle, it’s time to offset it. To do this, select the Offset Tool. It can be found in the toolbar or accessed by pressing ‘F’ on your keyboard.

Step 4: Set Offset Distance

The Offset Tool allows you to create a new circle at a specified distance from the original one. Enter your desired offset distance in the measurement box that appears when you activate the tool. You can also click and drag on your canvas to visually determine the distance.

Step 5: Select Inner or Outer Offset

You have two options when offsetting a circle – you can choose either an inner or outer offset. To perform an inner offset, press ‘I’ on your keyboard or click inside your original circle. Conversely, for an outer offset, press ‘O’ on your keyboard or click outside of your original circle.


  • Hold down the Shift key while using the Offset Tool to lock the offset distance to a specific axis, such as horizontal or vertical.
  • If you want to create multiple offsets, press ‘Ctrl’ (or ‘Cmd’ on Mac) after performing an offset. This will allow you to perform another offset without needing to reactivate the tool.

And that’s it! You now know how to offset a circle in Sketchup.

By following these simple steps, you can easily create precise and accurate offsets for your circles. So go ahead and start experimenting with this powerful feature in Sketchup!