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- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
Now, let's take a look at Style Builder, which allows you to create custom styles for your SketchUp models. Now, Style Builder is basically a stroke management system. It allows you to take stroke such as pencil strokes, pen strokes, any type of line, and then use them to generate lines that you can apply to your SketchUp model. So you can see here how we have this kind of pencil drawn look to this model. This is done by creating a number of different strokes and then putting them into these different slots, and these are called sets.
Now, Style Builder is a separate application. If I minimize this, you can see here if we open up Style Builder by itself, you get a blank window. In fact, let's go ahead and enlarge this. When we have this, we actually don't have any strokes applied. You can see that all of these are blank. So let's go through the basic Style Builder interface. We have three separate windows. On the left, we have Sample Strokes and Settings in this one window.
You can just go between the two tabs, and then here we have sets, which are basically sets of strokes. So what you can do is you can take a stroke from here, and then just click, and drag it into the Sets window. So what we can do is basically create collections of strokes, pencil strokes, pen strokes, whatever. Now this window here again just contains all the strokes and that allows us to manage it. Then down here in the bottom window we have our Preview.
That is basically just a viewport, so we can actually take a look. We can orbit around, we can pan, and we can zoom. We can also do Zoom Extents and we also can turn Shading on and off. So those are the basic features of the Style Builder window. Once you familiarize yourself with this, you can start building your own styles.