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Vertex Tools Sketchup 26: A Powerful Plugin for 3D Modeling




If you are looking for a way to enhance your 3D modeling skills in Sketchup, you might want to check out Vertex Tools. Vertex Tools is a plugin that allows you to edit vertices directly in Sketchup, giving you more control and flexibility over your geometry. With Vertex Tools, you can create organic shapes, sculpt terrain, apply colors and materials, and much more. In this article, we will show you how to install and use Vertex Tools, as well as some tips and tricks to get the most out of it.




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How to Install Vertex Tools




Installing Vertex Tools is easy and straightforward. Here are the steps you need to follow:


  • Download Vertex Tools from this link. The latest version of Vertex Tools is 2.0.7 released on Nov 4, 2022.



  • Open Sketchup and go to Window > Extension Manager.



  • Click on the Install Extension button and browse for the downloaded file.



  • Click on Yes when prompted to confirm the installation.



  • Restart Sketchup for the changes to take effect.



You should now see a new toolbar for Vertex Tools in Sketchup. You can also access Vertex Tools from the menu bar under Extensions > ThomThom > Vertex Tools.


How to Use Vertex Tools




Vertex Tools is a powerful plugin that offers a lot of features and functions for editing vertices in Sketchup. Here are some of the main ones:


Soft Selection




Soft selection is a feature that allows you to modify vertices with a falloff effect. This means that when you select a vertex, not only that vertex will be affected, but also the surrounding vertices within a certain radius. The falloff radius can be adjusted by using the slider or typing a value in the VCB (value control box). You can also change the falloff curve by clicking on the curve icon next to the slider. Soft selection is useful for creating smooth transitions and organic shapes.


Manipulator Gizmo




The manipulator gizmo is a tool that allows you to move, rotate and scale vertices using a graphical interface. The manipulator gizmo consists of three axes (red, green and blue) that correspond to the X, Y and Z directions in Sketchup. You can click and drag on any axis or plane to transform the selected vertices along that direction or plane. You can also use modifier keys (Shift, Ctrl, Alt) to constrain or snap the transformation. The manipulator gizmo is useful for adjusting the position, orientation and size of your geometry.


Sculpt Brush




The sculpt brush is a tool that allows you to push, pull, smooth and pinch vertices using a circular brush. The sculpt brush has four modes: Push/Pull, Smooth, Pinch/Spread and Inflate/Deflate. You can switch between these modes by clicking on the icons on the toolbar or using keyboard shortcuts (Q, W, E, R). You can also adjust the brush size, strength and hardness by using the sliders or typing values in the VCB. The sculpt brush is useful for shaping your geometry in a natural way.


Paint Brush




The paint brush is a tool that allows you to apply colors, materials and UV mapping to vertices using a circular brush. The paint brush has three modes: Color, Material and UV. You can switch between these modes by clicking on the icons on the toolbar or using keyboard shortcuts (A, S, D). You can also adjust the brush size by using the slider or typing a value in the VCB. To apply a color or material, you need to select it from the color picker or material browser first. To apply UV mapping, you need to enable it from the settings menu first. The paint brush is useful for adding details and textures to your geometry.


Selection Tools




The selection tools are tools that allow you to select vertices by various criteria. The selection tools have four modes: Rectangle, Lasso, Circle and Paint. You can switch between these modes by clicking on the icons on the toolbar or using keyboard shortcuts (Z, X, C, V). You can also adjust the selection mode (Add, Subtract, Intersect, New) by clicking on the icons on the toolbar or using keyboard shortcuts (Shift, Ctrl, Alt, Space). The selection tools are useful for isolating and editing specific parts of your geometry.


Vertex Data Window




The vertex data window is a window that allows you to view and edit vertex properties such as position, color, material and UV coordinates. You can open the vertex data window by clicking on the icon on the toolbar or pressing F4. You can also toggle between different tabs by clicking on the icons at the top of the window or using keyboard shortcuts (1, 2, 3, 4). The vertex data window is useful for fine-tuning and inspecting your geometry.


Tips and Tricks for Vertex Tools




Here are some useful tips and tricks to get the most out of Vertex Tools:


Keyboard Shortcuts




You can use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow with Vertex Tools. Here are some of the most common ones:


ShortcutAction


GToggle soft selection


TToggle manipulator gizmo


BToggle sculpt brush


NToggle paint brush


MToggle selection tools


F4Toggle vertex data window


F5Toggle live mode


F6Toggle symmetry mode


F7Invert selection


F8Select connected vertices


F9Select all vertices


F10Deselect all vertices


F11Select random vertices


F12Select by angle threshold


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Sculpt Brush Modes:


Paint Brush Modes:


Selection Tool Modes:


Selection Mode Modifiers:


Symmetry Mode




Symmetry mode is a feature that allows you to mirror your edits across an axis. This means that when you edit a vertex on one side of the axis, the corresponding vertex on the other side will be edited in the same way. Symmetry mode can be enabled by clicking on the icon on the toolbar or pressing F6. You can also choose which axis to use for symmetry by clicking on the red, green or blue icons on the toolbar or using keyboard shortcuts (Shift + F6, Ctrl + F6, Alt + F6). Symmetry mode is useful for creating balanced and symmetrical shapes.


Conclusion




Vertex Tools is a powerful plugin for 3D modeling in Sketchup that allows you to edit vertices directly in Sketchup, giving you more control and flexibility over your geometry. With Vertex Tools, you can create organic shapes, sculpt terrain, apply colors and materials, and much more. You can also use soft selection, manipulator gizmo, sculpt brush, paint brush, selection tools, vertex data window, keyboard shortcuts, custom presets, live mode and symmetry mode to enhance your workflow and creativity. Vertex Tools is compatible with Sketchup Pro/Make 2017 or later and costs $40 for a single user license. You can download a free trial version from this link and try it out for yourself.


FAQs




  • Q: How do I activate Vertex Tools?



  • A: To activate Vertex Tools, you need to enter your license information in the settings menu. You can access the settings menu by clicking on the icon on the toolbar or pressing F3. You can also check for updates, enable/disable features and change preferences from the settings menu.



  • Q: How do I deactivate Vertex Tools?



  • A: To deactivate Vertex Tools, you need to uninstall it from Sketchup. You can uninstall it by going to Window > Extension Manager and clicking on the Uninstall button next to Vertex Tools. You can also disable it temporarily by unchecking the Enabled box next to Vertex Tools.



  • Q: How do I get support for Vertex Tools?



  • A: To get support for Vertex Tools, you can visit this link and submit a ticket or email support@evilsoftwareempire.com. You can also visit this link and join the discussion forum for Vertex Tools.



  • Q: How do I learn more about Vertex Tools?



  • A: To learn more about Vertex Tools, you can visit this link and read the comprehensive manual and watch the videos. You can also visit this link and read some reviews and testimonials from other users.



  • Q: How do I buy Vertex Tools?



  • A: To buy Vertex Tools, you can visit this link and choose your payment method and license type. You can pay with PayPal or credit card and choose between a single user license or a network license.




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