SketchUp Scenes Conductor of your SKP Models

SketchUp Scenes Conductor of your SKP Models

Scenes are probably one of SketchUp’s most underused tools. Wrongly! Indeed, when it reveals all its possibilities, the SketchUp Scenes turns out to be a real conductor capable of managing the display of camera points of view but also that of layers, entities, styles, shadows of your SketchUp models.

To access SketchUp Scenes, click on the Window> Default Set drop-down menu and check the Scenes option .

But let’s start with a case experienced by many newbie users:

After you finish modeling and applying materials, you turn on the shadows and create a scene for each interesting point of view. Twenty scenes later, you estimate that, ultimately, the shadows will better enhance your project at 4 p.m. than at 9 a.m. The simple movement of a slider is all it takes to get the perfect amount of sunlight… until you click on one of the saved scenes, which reverts to the original Shadow Settings . You are good at changing shadows and updating EVERY SCENE one by one. What a waste of time !

What happened is that the scenes don’t just record a camera point of view – by default, they also record a lot of display options . The problem is, these options are hidden when you open the Scenes dialog for the first time. So…

Do yourself a huge service! In the Scenes dialog box, click the Show Details icon (see point 1 on the image) to display all the available options (point 2) .

Practical Uses of SketchUp Scenes

In your model, Scenes can have several uses:

  • Save a point of view so that you can return to it later. Useful for presenting variants of a project.
  • Display multiple variations of a project by making one layer visible in one scene and another layer in another.
  • Configure an ambulation, that is to say an animation of the movement of the camera, where each scene corresponds to a point of passage of the camera (keyframe).
  • Simplify the display of a project by displaying only part of its elements in each scene.
  • Quickly change axis system.
  • Change the look of the model using different display styles.
  • Carry out a sunshine study, configuring the shadows at different times and / or dates.
  • Prepare the production of plans with lines of different thicknesses in LayOut.
  • Show the phasing of a construction process.

Create a new SketchUp scenes

To create a scene in SketchUp, check the necessary option (s) in the checklist in the Scenes dialog box , then click the Create Scene button . By default, the new scene is called Scene 1, but you can change its name from the Scenes dialog . A new tab bearing the name of the scene appears at the top of the working window.

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By default, a thumbnail is automatically created to show the appearance of the view. However, it is possible to change the display mode to show the scenes in the form of large or small thumbnails or even as a list.

Note: You can also create a new scene by clicking with the right button on the tab of the scene after which you want to create your new scene, then by clicking on Add…

SketchUp Scenes Options

By checking Scene options, you configure precisely how you want your model to be displayed for a given scene.

Important: a parameter is inherited from a previous scene as long as another scene does not have this same parameter checked . Example: If the Shadow settings option is checked in scene 1, the shadows will remain unchanged as long as another scene with the Shadow settings option checked is not reached.

Here are the different SketchUp Scenes options:

By checking Scene options, you configure precisely how you want your model to be displayed for a given scene.

Important: a parameter is inherited from a previous scene as long as another scene does not have this same parameter checked . Example: If the Shadow settings option is checked in scene 1, the shadows will remain unchanged as long as another scene with the Shadow settings option checked is not reached.

Here are the different Scenes options:

Include in animation

This option determines whether the scene will be taken into account when calculating an animation. For example, a scene allowing to change the axes of the model is of no interest in an animation and could be excluded from the animation.

Note: When this option is unchecked, the name of the scene is displayed in parentheses.

Camera location

This option allows you to save a point of view, either to return to it later by clicking on the scene tab, or as a keyframe of an animation.

Hidden geometry

This option allows you to record, for each entity in your model, whether the entity is hidden or revealed. In practice, it is much easier to use layers to manage the display of model entities!

Visible layers

Allows you to save the “visible” or “invisible” state of each layer of the model. For example, you can create a scene to display only a building and another scene to also display the vegetation, vehicles, furniture and the characters that dress it.

Active section plans

Allows you to record which cutting planes are activated. By creating a scene for several different section planes it is possible to achieve an animation effect, as if the section plane is moving and / or rotating (which is not possible in SketchUp) . Impressive!

Style and fog

Saves the active display style. Unlike section planes or shadow settings, the style change is abrupt and usually doesn’t look great in an animation.

Shadow settings

Records shadow settings at a specific date and time. As with section shots, it is possible to obtain an animation showing the effects of the displacement of the sun by creating several scenes at different times of the day or of the year.

Axis location

Used to record the position and orientation of the active axis system. For example, when working on several buildings that are oriented differently, it allows you to switch from the axis system of a building A oriented along the original axes to the axis system of a building B oriented differently.

Tip # 1: At the beginning, only check one option per scene

For simple views of your model, check only one option for each scene. This way, you will be able to change shadow settings (or any other option in the Scenes dialog) with one click without having to edit every scene in the model.

On the other hand, for the production of 2D plans, you will have to check several options (see the paragraph Producing 2D plans of your SketchUp model ).

Tip # 2: Name each scene logically

Keeping the default name given by SketchUp (Scene1, Scene2, etc.) to each new scene is an aberration. Instead, give them names that identify their effect at a glance as a list or in tabs. Examples:

  • hall view,
  • shadows 4 p.m.,
  • B2 building axes,
  • amphi cup,

With a little rigor, you can also use more condensed names. Ex: V-Hall for hall view or Ax-B2 for Axes building B2.

Edit an existing SketchUp Scenes

After you have adapted your model, for example by changing the point of view, by modifying the display of layers or the shadow settings, you can update your scenes by clicking on the Refresh scenes button , by clicking with the button right on the Stage > Refresh Stage or by right-clicking on its Update tab .

To change the order of the scenes, use the small up and down arrows in the Scenes dialog or right-click a tab > Move Left or Move Right .

Configure a walk

To create a walk, position your point of view on the path of the walk, check the Camera location option and click on Create scene . Do the same for the following points of view.

Tip: To get a smooth walk, with no acceleration and deceleration effect, make sure you have approximately the same distance between the viewpoints.

Note: To start the animation, right-click on the first tab of Scene> Start Animation or click on the View> Animation> Play drop-down menu .

Produce 2D plans of your SketchUp Scenes

To produce 2D planes of your model, choose an orthogonal point of view or a point of view perpendicular to a facade (right click on a face > Align view ) if the latter does not follow one of the orthogonal axes. From the Camera drop-down menu , click Parallel Projection to remove the perspective effect.

Depending on the requirements, for example for a plan view or a section, you may use a section plane. In this case, be sure to deactivate the display of the Section plane by clicking on the Display drop-down menu and unchecking the Section plane option . Ideally, you’ll use a specific display style that automatically turns off the section plane display.

Use SketchUp Scenes in LayOut

When you insert a SketchUp model into a LayOut document, it is no longer possible to access the layers of your SketchUp model to show part of the model and hide another part. However, for each view of the model, you can choose the scene to apply to it. It is thus possible, thanks to SketchUp Scenes model, to very finely configure the display of your SketchUp model in LayOut to create detailed plans by superimposing several views using different scenes. You will be able to show the walls and partitions in thick lines in a first view and then overlay a second view in thinner lines, for details, equipment and furniture.

Warning: To accurately overlap multiple views of a SketchUp model, the camera location must be the same (and must remain so).

Tip: To return to the same point of view in several Scenes, choose your point of view in the first scene and then check the Camera location option . Uncheck this option in the scenes to be corrected then click on the tab of the first Scene to activate its point of view. You can then edit each Scene to be corrected by re-checking the Camera location option .

Bottom Line: SketchUp Scenes can significantly increase your efficiency with SketchUp and save you a lot of time. Enjoy it!

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