The default Sketchup style has clean lines and a technical presentation, but other pre-loaded styles are available. By incorporating the use of styles in SketchUp, you can change the look and feel of your entire project, which is useful for client presentations. Learn about the different styles you can use, and how to incorporate them into your Sketchup project, with this online tutorial.
Once you have your shadows in place, the next step is to determine if you want to go ahead and use another style other than the typical SketchUp style that you see here. And I mean by that, it's very straight lined, it is kind of technical in nature, it almost looks like a technical drawing. And, in some cases when you're doing a presentation, you might want to have a little bit more of an artsy look to your design, which will give a little bit more feeling for your clients to understand more of what you're trying to do.
So in order to do this, SketchUp does provide a very wide selection of preloaded styles that you can use in your scenes. We're going to go ahead and do that. We are sitting on the kitchen sink tab right now, with this view. We're going to go over to Windows. We're going to come down and make sure that Styles is selected for a palette, and we'll just kind of dock him over there as well. Now once you have that, we're going to come through and go down to a list of Assorted Styles.
These are all kind of pre-made up, that allow you to take a look at what we have. And let's just come down here and look at this one here. You click on it. You can see this is kind of a vignette. Everything kind of bleeds out over on the sides. Here is another one called Cursive. In this case, you can see that all the color is gone but it looks kind of cool as well if you want something like that, and then here's Chipboard with Fine Marker.
This is kind of nice, so we'll save this. The way that we're going to do that is we're going to do that is we come up to our View tab, we right-click and click Update. So now what will happen is that the kitchen sink view is going to have this style that's been applied. However, you might want to look at creating maybe your own style upon occasion. Once in a while you might want to do that for particular presentations. We're going to come up here to the Overall tab, and we're going to click on that.
After we have that done, we're going to kind of turn off these backgrounds. So I'm going to come over here to Layers, and we're going to turn off the background. We'll first of all make layer zero current, and we'll basically take the background and turn them off so we don't have those currently in there. Now once we have that done, we're going to pick up a new style that we're going to work with. We're going to pick up the same one that we started with here.
You'll notice that I went ahead and kind of gave it a different look. We're going to come over here to this particular one which says Create New Style. We're going to click it, in this case we have the ability of giving it a name. Right now it says Chipboard with Fine Marker and we'll just put a number two there and make it a little different and then you'll notice here you can put a description in there as well. Our next step after you do that is, we're going to go ahead and hit Edit, and on the Edit there's a number of little things that are going on here.
We'll kind of breeze through these kind of quick. One is Edge Settings. Edge Settings allow you to emphasis outer lines. When you click on them, you'll notice here that you have a number of profiles and things that you can do, I might change this up to like a five, you'll see here that once it's been accepted, and everything, that there's a little bit of an overrun on the line style that will appear. You also have Depth Cue, what that does is it emphasizes the lines, makes it a little bit more heavy in the foreground, it makes them lighter, as it goes in the background.
Extensions, basically, we went ahead and we put in a 5 in there, to show a little bit more halo, basically, effects lines where they overlap, we don't have anything in here that does that but, if we did there will be gaps between lines that would show. And additionally, you have Stroke. Stroke basically, you can't edit. The only comment I can make on this is that SketchUp also has what's called a Style Builder, where you can design your own strokes, then you can bring them in.
You can also change the color of the lines. Currently they're black. If I wanted another color like a gray or something, I could click on here and decide how I want them to be. The next button over is on faces, and on these settings they kind of tell you what the front and back color of all the faces are, if you noticed everything is kind of gray. Which is okay but if you wanted to change one, you can actually go ahead and do that for both the front and back colors. There's also transparencies that are available.
You can enable them. If you have a quality for it, you can either do it Fast, Medium or Nicer. Currently it's set up for doing that. The only comment I want to make on transparency is that when you enable it, it will enable all the global materials within to be transparent. Sometimes this can be kind of confusing when you have faces that are in front and they appear to be in back and some are in back and should be in front. It's very visually confusing so I'd be careful using that.
The next one over, is the background panel, and in this case you can change the area background, you have sky colors and ground colors that come into play. Also there is another one in here which is called, the Watermark panel, and in the Watermark panel you can add a watermark. You can display them right here. Actually we have a couple, that are already in here. And we're going to go ahead and actually put in, a new one, right now.
We're going to hit the Plus button. We're going to come up to our Desktop, and Exercises > Textures. I believe it's in there, and there's one that's called Brown Paper and we're going to hit Open. You'll notice here that the paper's been applied almost as an overlay and we can change that. We're just going to give, first of all a name called Brown Paper. You can either do it as an overlay or as a background. We're going to keep it as an overlay, and we're going to go to Next and in this case you can now determine how much of a blend you want.
You can come in here and shift this around and actually play with how much you want it to show, kind of like a transparency, and we'll just kind of pick it right there. Need a little bit more this way, then we'll hit Next. Then you have some options as far as how you want it to work. Right now it's stretched on the, screen. You can tile it across. You can also position it on the screen by using these positions here and then going ahead and scaling it up.
So there's a number of different tools that you can go ahead and use to make this thing look kind of cool. Once you're done hit Finish, and if you like what you see here then the last thing that you would do is you would come over again to your tab where it says Overall, right-click, and hit Update. In this case, you want to save this as a new style, and we will update the scene. At this point, we now have a new style that's been made, and we have changed our scene here as well.
Use styles on your model to create interesting presentation views. You can use any number of predefined views, or you could modify one. You can also create a new style and add watermarks, either as backgrounds or as overlays.
- Drawing 2D floor plans in SketchUp
- Selecting the right template and tools
- Creating components
- Cleaning up walls and creating door and window openings
- Using x-ray views when adding doors and windows
- Using layers to manage your views effectively
- Capturing materials to use in your design
- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image