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SketchUp 2014 For Dummies by Aidan Chopra

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Chapter 10

Working with Styles and Shadows

In This Chapter

arrow Giving your model some styles

arrow Editing, saving, and sharing styles

arrow Finding out about the Shadow Settings dialog box

arrow Using shadows to make models look better

arrow 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 ...

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