Knowledge Base

Conduct a Shadow Study

Add elements and assign colours

1. Click on ‘Add Element’ and pick a group or component in SketchUp. The first element will be the top layer (usually the city context), and the last will be the bottom layer (usually the proposed building).

2. Assign colour and opacity for each element (layer) by using the colour picker.

3. Under ‘Actions’, you can
Delete – Remove the element from the study
Save Style – Save the configuration of this element into a file(Colours, line width)
Load Style – load a saved style from a file

4. You may change the order of the shadows laid on top of each other.

Up – Bring element’s shadow forward
Down – Send element’s shadow backward

5. Change the colour of the shadows cast on top of the corresponding element (layer).

  • Colour – Any shadow that is cast on this element will be coloured using the colour that was chosen for the element that is casting the shadow.
  • As View- Any shadow cast on this element will be coloured grey using the shadow intensity configured in SketchUp.
  • Invisible – Shadows cast on this element will not be shown.

6. Create an outline for shadow (optional). Choose a colour and outline width using the slider.

7. In certain scenarios, you might want to use a different colour for shadows that are cast within a certain site/region.
You may assign a different colour for shadows within a site.

  • Click ‘Add site’ and select a surface from SketchUp.
  • Select a colour for the element’s shadow that falls within the selected site(surface).

8. Optionally, you may change all the lines’ width in the view using the slider under ‘Line Width’

9. You can control the shadow intensity in the view using the ‘Shadow Intensity’ slider. Higher values mean more intense shadows while lower values mean more transparent shadows.

10. Hide model elements that are not in the study – Shadow Colour will not include unpicked model elements in the study.

11. You may press ‘Preview Image’ to get a preview of how your shadow study will look like.

Great! You now know how to set up your shadow study.
Once you’re happy with the preview, you would want to export the shadow study.
Continue to the next article to see how.

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