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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
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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