Style Settings for Woodworking
I’m often asked to have a look at SketchUp files for suggestions on getting around a problem. Most often the files have default settings based on the template Product Design and Woodworking. (To see various templates choose the Window tab/Preferences/Template). I must admit I find these default settings unacceptable, so my first adjustment to these files sent to me is to change a few things.
Here is a comparison of the model using the standard default settings vs. my preferences in styles.
First the default look…… note the heavy line work or profiles, the dark background, and the sky/horizon effect.
Here is the same view with my preferred style settings. I don’t want the sky horizon with the dark background. Also, I want very fine lines in my furniture (no profiles).
To adjust Style settings to your preference open the Styles dialog box – select Windows/Styles. In the dialog box, click on the small house icon named “in model”. You should see a square icon representing the current style. Click on the “edit” tab. Now you should see five small cube icons – each one of these when selected (clicked) shows a menu of options.
Click on the left hand cube which is called “edge settings”. The default value for Profiles is 3 – my preference is 1, or simply unclick this option. All of these options are unchecked in my style preference.
Click on the next cube to the right which is called “face settings”. I like the default settings in this case, that is the colors for the front and back of the faces.
By the way, in opening my old files, I find the back face color to be too dark, so I update my old files with the new color settings. These RGB settings are: R=171, G=176, and B=204.
Click the next (middle) cube which is titled “background settings”. Here is where the sky horizon is set with a check mark in the default. I remove the check.
The fourth cube is for Watermarks which I normally do not use.
Now move over to the most right hand cube called “modeling settings”. I don’t change the defaults here, however in opening my old files, the Selected color is yellow. I like the new blue setting for Selected, so I update my old files with this change in color (R=0, G=1, B=255).
When you’ve made your changes, be sure to save them by hitting the “update” button (two arrows in a circle) in the upper right of the dialog box.