How to Use SketchUp’s Push/Pull Tool

By Aidan Chopra, Rebecca Huehls

The Push/Pull tool is a simple creature: It extrudes flat faces into 3D shapes in Sketchup. To use Push/Pull, click a face once to start pushing/pulling it, move your cursor until you like what you see, and then click again to stop pushing/pulling. That’s it. No software tool has ever been so satisfyingly easy to use and understand. For more detail on Push/Pull, see the nearby sidebar, “More fun with Push/Pull.”

Push/Pull works only on flat faces. To edit a curved face, you have to use something else — possibly the Intersect Faces feature.

push/pull tool in Sketchup

  1. Select the Push/Pull tool from the toolbar.

    The tool looks like a little box with a red arrow coming out the top.

  2. Click an interior wall’s face to start extruding it.

    If you click the “floor” face, you’d extrude that instead. If you accidentally choose the wrong face, press Esc to cancel the operation and try again.

  3. Move up your cursor to pull up the wall; click to stop extruding.

    How much you extrude the face doesn’t matter, because you add precision in the next step.

  4. Type a ceiling height (such as 8′) and press Enter.

    When you do this, the push/pull distance is revised to reflect your exact ceiling height. In this house, that’s 8 feet.

  5. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for all the interior walls.

    Orbiting helps you view what you’re doing as you work around the model.

  6. Push/pull the exterior wall to match the height of these interior walls.

    Because the exterior wall face is part of a group, you need to “open” the group before you can do anything to it. To open a group, double-click the exterior wall face, or context-click it and choose Edit Group. After you’re able to work inside the group, you can follow Steps 2 through 4 in the preceding steps to make the exterior wall group 3D. Click anywhere outside the model to exit the group when you’re done.

    Extrude faces with push/pull in SketchUp
    Push/Pull extrudes faces into the walls of a house. Presto!