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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
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Modifying line styles and color


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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

with George Maestri

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Now once you've created a line, you can also change and modify the style and color of that particular line or shape. So for example, if we took a basic line and just drew it, we can go into our Shape Style menu and changed really any parameter. For example, if we wanted to change the color, just click here, go up to the Color Palette here and change whatever color we want. So for example if we wanted a red, line we can do that and you'll notice now that the line is red.
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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
2h 25m Intermediate Jan 15, 2010

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Making custom Dynamic Components
  • Drawing with Layout
  • Editing textures outside of SketchUp
  • Creating and managing styles with the Style Builder
  • Exporting objects for rendering
  • Creating scrapbooks and presentations
  • Exporting model attributes to reports
Subjects:
Architecture Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Modifying line styles and color

Now once you've created a line, you can also change and modify the style and color of that particular line or shape. So for example, if we took a basic line and just drew it, we can go into our Shape Style menu and changed really any parameter. For example, if we wanted to change the color, just click here, go up to the Color Palette here and change whatever color we want. So for example if we wanted a red, line we can do that and you'll notice now that the line is red.

We can also change the start and end of the line. So for example, we have a pull-down menu here that allows us to create all different types of arrowheads. We also have different types of arrowheads or end dots on the other side. We can also change the weight of the line, make it thicker, thinner, whatever. We can also change whether or not it has a dashed line and change the style of the dashes. Now for shapes, we can also change the fill color. So we can do this in one of two ways.

You can either draw multiple lines, so that you have a fill color here and then again you can change the color of the stroke. So we can, for example, have a red line here and let's say we wanted a different color fill. Let's say we wanted a yellow fill, for example. All you have to do is click on Fill and then just change it either through the wheel or any number of color options. In fact let's go through this.

We have a Color Wheel, we have actual RGB colors you can type in. Hue Saturation Brightness. We also have Grayscale. Pick from an image or pick from a list of preset colors. So any one of those will work. Now there are times when we want to draw multiple lines and have the fill not be visible. So for example, here let's say we wanted just the shape of the line but not that interior fill, what you can do is you can go over to Color, double-click on that, and then just scale down the Opacity right here, and that will go ahead and just make that just a line with no fill at all.

And this also works for any shape as well. So for example, if we took a circle, we can draw our circle and then just create a different type of color fill for that. If we select that, create, for example, a green colored fill and there we go. So as you can see we have a number of different line shapes, sizes and colors as well as the ability to fill something or use opacity to make the interior of the shape transparent and these can pretty much allow you to draw any shape in any color with any type of fill.

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