How to Use the Sketchup Follow Me Tool

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In this tutorial, we’ll show you a few ways to easily use the follow me tool to enhance your designs with detail and cut your work time in half.

First, let’s take a look at how we can add molding around a window. You can use extrusions and chamfer the edge, but by using the Sketchup follow me tool instead, you can complete the same detail in a fraction of the time.

Using the Sketchup Follow Me Tool

Trace the edges. The first way to use the follow me tool is by selecting it from the toolbar and tracing it along the edge of your window frame to create an extrusion.

If you do not have the toolbar, right-click on the top menu and select “edit.” Then from the toolbar, select the follow me tool. Hold down the left mouse button and drag it along the edge of the window frame.

Tracing window edges with Sketchup follow me tool

Select the lines. An alternative way to use tool is by selecting the lines instead of tracing them. Select all four lines that make up the window. Then, select the follow me tool from the toolbar and click on the trim profile.

selecting lines for window trim with Sketchup follow me tool

Select the face. The final way is our favorite method to use. First, select the face of the window. Then, select the follow me tool and click on the trim profile.

Selecting window face with Sketchup follow me tool
Finished window molding using Sketchup follow me tool

Adding a Rain Gutter

Another example to use the Sketchup follow me tool for is adding in a rain gutter. Select the line that runs along the edge of the roof. Click the follow me tool, and then select the profile for your rain gutter.

Reversed rain gutter with Sketchup follow me tool

If it appears to be a gray-blue color, this may become a problem when rendering. To fix this, right click on the gutter faces and select “reverse faces.” Then proceed to select the roof lines and use the follow me tool.

reverse faces for Sketchup follow me tool
Finished rain gutter using Sketchup follow me tool

Creating Radial Shapes

The follow me tool can also be used to create radial shapes such as a wine glass. For this example, select the circle base and make sure the center is deselected. Click on the follow me tool and then select the center profile.

select wine glass profile with Sketchup follow me tool
Finished wine glass using Sketchup follow me tool

If you want to do any modifications like making a smaller base, simply select the base of the center profile and scale it down. You can delete the face of the base because all you need for the follow me tool is the outer line and center profile. Repeat the same steps you did before to create a wine glass shape.

Scaling profile base for Sketchup follow me tool
Small wine glass using Sketchup follow me tool

You can also use the same method to extrude a shape along a square base.

Stair profile for Sketchup follow me tool
Stepped pyramid using Sketchup follow me tool

Cutting into Shapes

Outer edges. Finally, you can use the follow me tool to subtract from an existing shape. Simply select the lines of the outer edge that you want to cut into. Click on the follow me tool and then select the profile you are using to cut into the corner. You can also use the follow me tool to cut into the inner edge of a shape, but the steps are a bit different.

Selecting outer edges for Sketchup follow me tool
Beveled square using Sketchup follow me tool

Inner edges. Select the profile face and copy it to the opposite edge so it is cutting into the shape. You won’t be able to see it anymore but that’s ok for now.

Moving profile for Sketchup follow me tool

Select the lines you want to extrude along. You will have to zoom into your model until you see the profile that you copied over. Then you can select the follow me tool and click on the profile.

Select inner edges for Sketchup follow me tool
Select inner profile for Sketchup follow me tool
Finished beveled square using Sketchup follow me tool

As you can see, there are many ways to use the Sketchup follow me tool, how will you use it in your next project? Let us know in the comments!

Want to learn more? Check out the full list of our Sketchup tutorials here.

Happy Hacking!

26 Comments

  1. hamzakhan17826 May 19, 2019 at 7:16 am #

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  8. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  9. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  10. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  11. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

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  12. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

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  13. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  14. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  15. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  17. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  18. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  19. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  20. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  21. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  22. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  26. 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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