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Creating shadows and fog

From: Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training

Video: Creating shadows and fog

SketchUp also has Shadows and Fog, which enable you to change the look of your scene as well. Let's go ahead and add some shadows and fog to a scene. Now I am going to go ahead and turn- off Profiles as well as Display Edges. I just want to get a more natural look to this. And let's start with Shadows, we are just going to go ahead and turn those on to see what happens. Turn on Shadows. You notice we have shadows in the scene but we want to be able to control those shadows, so let's go ahead and go to the Shadow Control window.

Creating shadows and fog

SketchUp also has Shadows and Fog, which enable you to change the look of your scene as well. Let's go ahead and add some shadows and fog to a scene. Now I am going to go ahead and turn- off Profiles as well as Display Edges. I just want to get a more natural look to this. And let's start with Shadows, we are just going to go ahead and turn those on to see what happens. Turn on Shadows. You notice we have shadows in the scene but we want to be able to control those shadows, so let's go ahead and go to the Shadow Control window.

We go to the Windows menu and we find Shadows. Click on that and it brings up this window. Now this allows us to pretty much control everything we want for Shadows. We can turn Shadows on or off. We can change the time of day. So in the morning, the shadows are here; in the evening the shadows are here. This kind of tells us that east is to our right and west is to our left in our particular scene.

We can also change the date. So we can kind of just see how the shadows move throughout the year. Now in addition to the actual shadows -- I am going to move the shadows so that they are this way, we can change the actual way the shadows look. We have two controls here, one is called Light, one is to control Dark. The Light actually controls light areas so this is basically how strong is the light source and the darkness changes how dark the shadows are.

So we can change the ambient light of the scene by manipulating these two. If we want a really heavy shadowed scene, we can do it this way or if want a little bit more balanced light we can kind of even them out. So right now, I am going to toggle Use sun for shading. Now if we want, we can display whether we want to display the shading on the faces themselves, on the ground themselves and also you want to shade them from edges or not. Now in addition to this Shadow Settings window, we do have a toolbar for Shadows. So let's go ahead and turn-on the Shadows toolbar.

If you on the Mac, the Shadows toolbar is available by selecting Customized Toolbar under the View menu. In fact, we can actually dock that here. It doesn't give us all the controls; it just gives us the date and the time. So those are the basics of how to create shadows in SketchUp. I am going to turn off Shadows and let's go ahead and play with Fog. Let's just turn that on and see what it looks like. How Fog works is that, it's a depth cue, so the further away you are, the more fog they get.

In fact, we have another window for Fog and let's just bring that up. Under Window > Fog and there is only two controls. There is the Distance of the fog. In fact if I zoom, you can see the further I zoom out, the foggier it gets. So the closer you are to the object, the less it's affected by fog. There are actually two sliders here. One is, how far away does the fog start? Does it start right away, how many feet away does the fog start, and where does the fog reach its maximum? So you kind of have almost like this create a window. So this is where the fog starts and this is where the fog occludes everything.

Now we can also change the fog color here. We can click this off and that if we click this off, it won't use the background color. The background color in this case is this kind of beige kind of color. If we want, we can click here. Once we have clicked off Use background color, we can actually change the color of the fog to whatever we want. So if we want a purple fog, we can do that. We can make it blue or really whatever color we want. And then, once we click Use background color, it goes back to that default background color. And we can turn fog on or off. So if we turn on Shadows and Fog, you can get a much more of a realistic view of the scene.

So that's pretty simple. So go ahead and play with that and we will move on to some more topics.

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Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training

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George Maestri
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  1. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 31s
    3. Tips for Mac users
      2m 32s
  2. 51m 22s
    1. Interface basics
      5m 54s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 28s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      4m 21s
    4. Creating camera views
      4m 36s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      6m 44s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      4m 35s
    7. Creating scenes
      2m 24s
    8. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 45s
    9. Scaling and rotating objects
      4m 14s
    10. Manipulating faces and edges
      3m 55s
    11. Advanced selection tools
      4m 26s
  3. 54m 6s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 25s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      4m 50s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 55s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 33s
    5. Creating arcs
      3m 46s
    6. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      8m 11s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      6m 14s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 49s
    9. Creating text
      2m 44s
    10. Softening round edges
      4m 19s
    11. Using construction tools to create guides
      4m 49s
    12. Creating sections
      1m 31s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Grouping objects
      4m 54s
    2. Creating components
      6m 37s
    3. The Component window
      5m 51s
    4. Working with layers
      4m 26s
    5. Creating layers
      4m 31s
    6. Using the Outliner
      6m 29s
    7. Hiding and unhiding objects
      4m 23s
    8. Locking and unlocking objects
      1m 44s
  5. 26m 5s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      1m 50s
    2. Applying materials
      4m 25s
    3. Editing materials
      4m 22s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 21s
    5. Mapping images
      3m 39s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 21s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      4m 13s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      2m 54s
  6. 26m 26s
    1. Applying styles
      3m 7s
    2. Creating styles
      6m 57s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 51s
    4. Basic animation
      4m 33s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 58s
  7. 17m 26s
    1. Contours
      6m 15s
    2. Creating terrain from scratch
      2m 56s
    3. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      2m 21s
    4. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  8. 17m 53s
    1. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      6m 56s
    2. Modeling in Photo Match
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting models to Google Earth
      5m 3s
  9. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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