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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.
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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