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Creating shadows and fog

From: SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

Video: Creating shadows and fog

In addition to shading we can also turn on shadows and fog in the scene.

Creating shadows and fog

In addition to shading we can also turn on shadows and fog in the scene. So if we go into View you can see we have a toggle here for Shadows and Fog. So lets's go ahead and turn off Shadows. And when we turn off Shadows you can see we get a very flat view of the scene. And we can also turn those on. Now you're probably wondering well where are the shadows coming from. Well what we have is we actually have a virtual Sun in the scene here and we can get to that in Window we have one for shadows.

So if we open up the Shadows window here you'll see we have a number of options. One is the actual time of day. Is it morning, noon, or night? Okay? And then we can also say what time of year is it. And we can also change the light and the dark, so if we want it to be darker, the darks can be darker, the lights can be lighter, and so on and so forth. If we want, we can also use the Sun for shading, in other words, to shade the surfaces of the model. Now do we want to see this on faces just on the ground or do we also want to see it from edges? So we can change all of these to make this look however we want.

Now, we also have another option here and that's called Fog. So I'm going to go ahead and go into View and turn on Fog and you can see here, it kind of makes the scene look a little bit foggier. But as we zoom in, you can see that things come out of the fog. So the further I go away, the more in the fog it is. So this is a great with to give like depth cues and that sort of thing. It's also another way to hide the horizon if you don't want that showing. Now if I go into Window > Fog, we have some options here. One is, well, do you want to turn it on or off. Okay, well there, I've turned it off.

Do you want to use the background color for fog or do you want to use another color? So if I want, I can change this to whatever color I want. So if I change it to blue, I'll have a blue background. If I use the background color, I'll have whatever my scene has for the background color. And then you have to say, how far away is the fog, where is it clear and where is it completely foggy? And these two little sliders here dial that in so we can see exactly how foggy the scene is.

So if you want, if you push that away, it's going to be very clear until right about there. Then it's going to get very foggy. So we can actually really dial that in however we want. And then if we want we can turn it off or on. So those are some additional ways to view your scene. They're very handy when you're doing presentations of things like buildings and architecture, but they can be useful for other things as well.

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SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 17s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
      38s
    4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
      1m 14s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Interface basics
      2m 9s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 0s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      1m 47s
    4. Creating camera views
      1m 49s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      2m 48s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      2m 38s
    7. Creating scenes
      1m 57s
    8. Using the toolbars
      1m 32s
  3. 11m 27s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      2m 59s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      3m 55s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      2m 28s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      2m 5s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      3m 27s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      2m 24s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      2m 15s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 17s
    5. Creating arcs
      1m 27s
    6. Eraser tools
      1m 39s
    7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      2m 43s
    8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      2m 5s
    9. Using the Follow Me tool
      1m 19s
    10. Creating 3D text
      2m 12s
    11. Softening round edges
      3m 30s
  5. 14m 0s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
      3m 23s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      5m 30s
    3. Creating sections
      2m 0s
    4. Creating labels
      1m 59s
    5. Dimensioning
      1m 8s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      2m 15s
    2. Working with layers
      2m 37s
    3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
      3m 8s
    4. Hiding and unhiding objects
      1m 55s
    5. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 8s
  7. 15m 14s
    1. The Component window
      3m 45s
    2. Creating components
      3m 5s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      2m 46s
    4. Using the Component Options window
      4m 20s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 18s
  8. 27m 47s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      2m 26s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 59s
    3. Editing materials
      3m 33s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 44s
    5. Mapping textures interactively
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
      2m 16s
    7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
      4m 48s
    8. Mapping curved objects
      2m 37s
    9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
      2m 51s
  9. 8m 29s
    1. Applying styles
      1m 54s
    2. Creating styles
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
      1m 48s
    4. Basic animation
      2m 38s
  10. 10s
    1. Next steps
      10s

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