When it comes to scaling objects in SketchUp, one tool that is often mentioned is FredoScale. This powerful extension allows you to scale, stretch, and deform objects in a flexible and intuitive way.
However, if you are new to SketchUp or have recently updated your version, you may be wondering where exactly you can find FredoScale. Let’s explore the different ways to locate and use this handy tool.
1. Installing FredoScale
Before we dive into finding FredoScale, it’s important to note that this extension needs to be installed first. To install FredoScale, follow these steps:
- Open SketchUp and navigate to the ‘Extensions’ menu.
- Select ‘Extension Warehouse’ from the drop-down menu.
- In the Extension Warehouse window, search for ‘FredoScale’ using the search bar.
- Click on the ‘FredoScale’ extension in the search results.
- Click the ‘Install’ button on the extension page.
- Once installed, restart SketchUp for the changes to take effect.
2. Accessing FredoScale
Now that we have installed FredoScale, let’s look at how to access it within SketchUp:
- Open SketchUp and create a new project or open an existing one.
- Navigate to the ‘Extensions’ menu at the top of the window.
- In the drop-down menu, you should see an option for ‘Fredo6 Collection.’
- If you do not see this option, ensure that you have successfully installed FredoScale by checking the ‘Extension Manager’ in the ‘Windows’ menu.
- Hover over the ‘Fredo6 Collection’ option, and a sub-menu will appear.
- From the sub-menu, select ‘FredoScale.’
3. Exploring FredoScale
Once you have accessed FredoScale, you will be presented with a range of scaling and deforming options.
These options can be found in the toolbar that appears after selecting ‘FredoScale.’ Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features:
The Scale Tool
The scale tool is perhaps one of the most frequently used features in FredoScale. It allows you to resize an object proportionally or non-proportionally by dragging its handles. You can activate the scale tool by clicking on the corresponding icon in the toolbar or by pressing ‘S’ on your keyboard.
The Stretch Tool
If you need to stretch an object along one or more axes, the stretch tool is your go-to option. By activating this tool, you can select specific points on an object and move them to achieve the desired stretching effect. To access this tool, click on its icon in the toolbar or press ‘T’ on your keyboard.
The Deform Tool
FredoScale also offers a deform tool that allows you to manipulate objects in various ways. This tool gives you control over bending, twisting, tapering, and other deformations to create complex shapes. To use this tool, click on its icon in the toolbar or press ‘D’ on your keyboard.
FredoScale is an invaluable extension for scaling and deforming objects within SketchUp. By following the installation steps and accessing it through the ‘Fredo6 Collection’ menu, you can unlock its powerful features.
Whether you need to resize, stretch, or deform objects, FredoScale offers a user-friendly and efficient way to do so. So go ahead, experiment with FredoScale, and take your SketchUp designs to the next level!