SketchUp Tricks Part 3

This trick is subtitled:

Don’t Follow SketchUp Documentation When Using the Follow Me Tool

An Extruded Shape Using The Follow-Me ToolI teach SketchUp both live and in videos. I get numerous questions and I mentally log them in categories such as printing to scale, primitives, layers, stickiness etc. One of the most frequently asked questions is how to correctly use the Follow Me tool. I will show you how to do this in a short video and I will point out some of its idiosyncrasies. One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you is “Don’t Follow SketchUp Documentation When Using the Follow Me Tool”. For some reason the SketchUp documentation team has always insisted on teaching users to use the Follow Me tool using its most difficult and unstable methodology. From the earliest Google SketchUp User’s Guide, distributed by Google, to the official Trimble internet help file, which I just reviewed at, teach this method. In most cases it simply doesn’t work or is contingent on the user’s mouse motion. Interestingly, other book authors, like lemmings, have copied these instructions from the documentation and duplicated this mistake.

View this video for the correct use of the Follow Me Tool.



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About Joe Zeh

Joe Zeh has over 35 years experience in the high-tech computer and graphics industry, ranging from computer design to executive management. Joe is no stranger to 3-D CAD. While at ATI Technologies Inc., the 3-D graphics company now owned by AMD, Joe was vice president and general manager of 3-D Graphics. His responsibilities included the development of Radeon graphics chips and software drivers for Direct3D, OpenGL and AutoCAD. Joe is a lifelong woodworker. He has combined his love of woodworking with his knowledge of 3-D; he teaches SketchUp, both video and live courses, and writes SketchUp Ruby script plugins for woodworking. Joe maintains a woodworking website ( and blog (