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mirroring objects in SketchUp

In this quick tip you will learn how to mirror selected objects or geometry in SketchUp. This is a time saver for objects that are symmetrical. When it comes to being productive in SketchUp knowing where, and when, to mirror objects can save you a heap of time.

You will learn how to do this using the SketchUp Scale Tool and the Flip Along context menu method. You will also learn how to do this via an extensions which supercharges the process!

How to mirror geometry in SketchUp using the Scale Tool

This method is the most common approach. Quick, simple and effective in most scenarios. To mirror an object with the Scale Tool you will need to select the object first. It can be raw geometry, grouped geometry or components.

Next you need to copy that object. The quickest way to duplicate this is to use the CTRL + Move.

mirroring an object in sketchup using the scale tool

With the duplicate positioned you can then Scale negatively to mirror the original object. Make sure you grab the correct scaling handle.

How to mirror geometry in SketchUp using the Flip Along command

Using the Flip Along command is even quicker. As above make a duplicate if needed. With the object selected right click it and choose the Flip Along

mirroring an object in sketchup using flip along command

How to mirror geometry in SketchUp using Mirror

For the supercharged method we can thank TIG for his popular Mirror extension for SketchUp. To mirror an object with Mirror you only need to select the object and then activate Mirror. Draw your mirror location and boom! Job done.

mirroring an object in sketchup using the mirror extension

So there you have it. 3 ways to mirror an object in SketchUp.

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#1 majid 2016-02-04 22:35
without plugin and using scale -1, if the shape is not parallel to default axes there is a need to move the axes to the mirror line
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#2 pyroluna 2016-02-16 09:34
1.Copy your object to clipboard
2.Mirror with scale tool
3.Paste original back in (Edit>Paste in place)
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