Google SketchUp is a 3D modelling program offered in both freeware and commercial versions. For most purposes, the freeware version is more than adequate. Google SketchUp is often used to create 3D designs for buildings, houses, furnishings and many other items. One of the most interesting features in SketchUp is the ability to change the way the model is represented using the "Styles." Styles let you make the models look like sketches, blueprints, wire-frames or many other options. These options are easy to apply, but it may be that you want to alter these to build your own personal style. This is easy to accomplish using SketchUp.
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Open Google SketchUp. Select "File" from the menu, browse to a file containing a model you have been working on and open it
Select "Window" from the menu and choose "Styles." In the dialogue that appears, click on the "Select" tab. Then click on the drop-down menu and start browsing through the categories to find a style that you would like to use as the starting point for making you own.
Click on the "Edit" tab. Click on the "Edge Settings" icon and adjust the various settings to choose how the edges will look on you model.
Click on the "Face Settings" to choose the colours displayed on your model, as well as whether they will be solid or wire frame. Or you can make colours transparent (Xray). Clicking on the "Background" icon lets you choose the way the ground and sky are displayed.
Click on the "Watermark" icon and choose an image file that you would like to add to your model image as a watermark. Click on the "Model Settings" to choose the way the selections on the model will appear.
Change the name of the Style at the top of the dialogue to what you want to call the new style. Then slick on the "Create New Style" icon at the top to save this style for later use.
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