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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.
There may be times in SketchUp where you'll want to hide or show individual objects. Now we can hide and show objects using layers. And let's refresh that. We can go into Window > Layers. And so for example if I wanted to hide or show the plants or the house, or really anything here, I can do that simply by turning on or off the layers. But if I wanted to hide or show things individually, I have to use the entity info window. So let's take, for example, this fence.
If I wanted to hide just this part of the fence, I can right-click over it, go into entity info, and you'll notice I have a hidden option here. And so once I hide it, it goes away and in fact my entity info goes away because I can't see it. And so now I'm thinking, how do I get my option back? We can get it back using the outliners. So I'm going to go into Window. Outliner. And you'll notice here, I've got this one object here that's grayed out. So, I've got all of my fencing here. And then, I've got this one called right front fence and that's grayed out, so if I select that, right-click over it, go into the info, you can see that it's hidden.
All I have to do is unhide it and you'll see that this turns to regular text and it's visible. So if I were, for example, to select the house, I could hide the house. And you'll see that it grays out and if I want to bring that back I can reselect it and unhide it. Now, you can certainly do multiple objects, so let's say I wanted to do all of the plants, all I have to do is Shift+Select the plants and hide them. And, again, that goes away and these gray out. But, again, I can Shift+Select multiple grayed things and again reveal them.
So, this can be very, very handy when you're working in tight or in complex scenes. So, be sure to group objects and name them descriptively, because it will help a lot when you're hiding and showing objects.
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