While the lights are on by default in SketchUp, users do retain full control over shadows. Sliders enable you to set shadows, such as those cast by a kitchen counter, by month and time, and a few tools offer even more detailed customization. To learn how to set up and apply shadows, watch this online video.
Lights in SketchUp are on by default. But we do have complete control over shadows. Shadows can be accessed from the Shadow toolbar or from the View drop-down menu. We're going to take a look how to set up some shadows in our floor plan here. First of all, we have to bring in the toolbar. So what we're going to do is go over here to View and Toolbars. And we're going to look for the toolbar called Shadows, and we're going to go ahead and hit Close here, and if you need to, you can just go ahead and park it somewhere within your other toolbars.
So usually, it's a good one to have on all the time. Now in this case, we're going to go to one of our views. If you notice here, we have a number of tabs that have been set up with views that are already been put together. So we're going to go to the Kitchen North View, that's the view that we're working in. Typically right now, no shadows are being shown. One of the toolbars that you can use is the Shadow Settings. You can bring this in, and you've got a little bit more control over it other than the sliders.
The sliders basically allow you to do by month and by time. Basically, in order to get the shadows activated, you have to click on this button right here. You might not see anything instantaneously. You can also start playing with this, like I said, with the sliders by moving them back and forth. And you'll see some differences, you know, that start to show as far as what time of day and stuff like that is. However, to be a little bit more accurate, you might want to use the Shadow Settings dialogue.
In this case, you get to work with the same types of controls. But you can also go ahead and make either the shadows lighter or darker with the sliders here. So there's a number of things that go on. So let's take a look at how some of this stuff works. I think the most mysterious button is this one right here, as far as what this all means. Rumor has it, that this represents a particular time frame, based on Boulder, Colorado, where SketchUp originally was developed.
So if you come in here and decide that you want a time, I'm going to set a UTC time here of about 10 o'clock. Click on that, and you should see some shadows that will come through. Also, you'll see here that I have a time of approximately 11:29, and it is for the date 3/28. Let's change that. We're going to kind of move this forward a little bit, and you'll see that the shadows are changing along that.
So we'll just pick August sixth, and you'll notice that that is the set of the shadows. You get the chance here of making it either lighter or darker. You can see that they darkened up a little bit this way. And you can even make them a little darker if you need to or brighten it up. You can also make sure that you display shadows either on faces or from edges. Let me explain what edges are. If the sun was facing different, like out here in the backyard, it was actually coming through these windows where we have these grills, the grills would show up as a shadow here.
But we don't have to worry about that at this point. Once you have everything set up, you will come up here to the View, right click and hit Update. Now what that does is it updates the scene with current shadows that you have in play. So when you're working with shadows, a good idea is to have a toolbar in place, use the Shadow Setting dialogue box, in order to kind of fine tune basically, how you want your shadows to come through.
Once you have that all set up and you like the scene that you have, make sure that you right click on the scene and click Update, in order to save the Shadow Settings
- 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