In This Chapter
Giving your model some styles
Editing, saving, and sharing styles
Finding out about the Shadow Settings dialog box
Using shadows to make models look better
Displaying and studying accurate shadows
It’s all fine and dandy to build elegant and efficient models, but that’s only part of what this software’s all about. SketchUp is also a very capable tool for presenting the stuff you build. Deciding how your models should look — loose and sketchy, quasi-photorealistic, or anything in between — can be lots of fun, and making the right decisions can help your models communicate what they’re supposed to.
The first half of this chapter is about styles. If you’re the sort of person who likes to draw, you’re in for a treat. If you can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, you’re in for an even bigger treat. SketchUp styles is all about deciding how your geometry — all your faces and edges — will actually look. Take a peek at Color Plate ...