How to Create Polygons in Sketchup in 5 seconds

how to create polygons in sketchup

In this sketchup tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to create equilateral polygons in sketchup. It’s only going to take you a matter of seconds and you won’t have to manually draw every side.

    1. Select the shape tool from the toolbar.  C is the shortcut.shapes in sketchup
    2. In the bottom right corner there is a status bar.  After selecting the shape tool it wants you to specify the number of sides.  By default the number of sides is set at 24.  If you type a new number, sketchup will make a new equilateral shape with that number of sides.polygon in sketchup
      List of Polygons
      no. of sides polygon name
      3 triangle
      4 quadrilateral
      5 pentagon
      6 hexagon
      7 heptagon
      8 octagon
      9 enneagon
      10 decagon
      11 hendecagon
      12 dodecagon


  1. After specifying the number of sides, sketchup is going to ask for the radius of your polygon.  This radius is an inscribed radius.  An inscribed polygon means that the points of the polygon meet up with a circle that is drawn at the same radius.  The image below depicts an inscribed polygon.


inscribed polygon

Can you think of any cool projects that use polygons in sketchup?  Share them in the comments below!

If you found this helpful, you might want to checkout our entire library of sketchup tutorials.


  1. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  2. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  3. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  4. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  5. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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