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Stylebuilder: Settings Tab

The Settings tab contains global settings for all strokes appearing in the Sets Pane. The following image contains the Settings tab. The following image contains an image of the Settings tab on Microsoft Windows:

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The following image contains an image of the Settings tab on Mac OS X:

Style Name

Type in a style name to appear in SketchUp when the style is loaded.

Strokes

The Strokes section contains settings that affect stroke length, fade, and color.

Dropout length

Type in a percentage value used to determine when strokes should drop from view. Dropout length can be specifically defined as a percentage of the diagonal length of the screen from zero to 100 percent.

Note - Dropout length is only editable from Style Builder (not SketchUp).

Fade factor

Type a fade factor value used to determine when small strokes start fading from view. Fade factor is a multiple of dropout length. If the dropout length is 5% and the fade factor is 4, the edges will begin to fade when they reach 20% of the diagonal of the screen in length.

Note - Fade factor is only editable from Style Builder (not SketchUp).

Color

Click on the Color swatch to change the color of the strokes (displayed in SkethchUp). The Color dialog box is displayed. Click on a new color. Click on the OK button.

Edge Effects

The Edge Effects section contains settings that affect a stroke's appearance.

Halo

Check the Halo checkbox to create a halo affect where lines overlap in your model by ending lines, that would normally overlap, a certain distance away from the overlap point. Type a number (pixels) in the halo text field representing the distance away from the intersection where lines will end. The following images shows two cubes with a sketchy edge. The two cubes on the left have no special edge effects enabled. The two cubes on the right have a halo effect enabled with the overlapping lines ending 15 pixels before they overlap.

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Extensions

Check the Extension checkbox to extend each line slightly past its endpoint, giving your model hand-drawn sketched appearance. This edge rendering style does not affect inference behavior. Enter a length, in pixels, for the extension lines in the pixels field. The following images shows two cubes with a sketchy edge. The cube on the left has no special edge effects enabled. The cube right has extension lines of 15 pixels enabled.

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Profiles

Check the Profiles checkbox to emphasize the outer lines or profiles of major shapes in your model. This style is particularly useful in ensuring the 3D nature of geometry is emphasized and borrows from a proven traditional media drawing technique. Enter a thickness, in pixels, for the profile lines in the pixels field. The image below shows a cube with some thicker profiles:

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Depth cueing

Check the Depth cueing checkbox to emphasize the lines of the sample model in the foreground over the lines of sample model in the background. The cube below has depth cueing enabled. Notice that the edges get progressively thinner from front to back.

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