This post is about something that I hold near and dear to my heart: exporting high quality views from Sketchup. There is a serious lack of blog posts about this particular subject and every time I see something that looks like this I want to stab someone and throw up all at the same time:
Lord have mercy.
This is an abomination to all that is good and holy. Why on earth would you settle for that when you can have this with just a few clicks of a button?
Here's how to do it:
1. Change the Drawing Style. Start by switching from the default "Architectural and Design Style" to "Shaded with Textures" under the Windows > Styles menu.
All of your drawings should be set to this style. It will give you the cleanest lines and take away the nasty gray color and ugly sky.
As you can see in the drawing below, the colors are a mess, but the background is a crisp white and the lines are much cleaner. The ugly dots at the ends of each line in the first image are (called "Edgepoints") are now gone as well. See below:
2. Change the Edge Color. In the same window, find the "Edges" tab. In the "Color" section there is a little box that shows the edge color for the whole drawing. Click on it and change the color from black to a medium gray using the RGB slider that pops up.
I'm not sure why this makes such a big difference visually but it does. It is possible to turn the edges completely off, but you lose detail when you do it. Lightening the edge color is a happy medium between the two.
As you can see below, the image looks a lot softer and less "Sketchupy:"
3. Adjust the Shadows. In the Shadow Settings box (Windows > Shadows) make sure the "Use sun for shading" box is checked. Even when the cast shadows aren't on, this will allow you to adjust the lightness and darkness of the drawing.
To get your whites looking white (and not a dreary gray) make sure the "Light" slider scale is around 80 or so. Each drawing is different, but I like to keep both sliders in the 60-80 mark. Try out different combinations until it looks bright and your colors are nice and vibrant:
And there you have it!
A lovely, clean, and ready to present image. You can turn on the cast shadows if you want, but I rarely do. I like the way they look, but the models I work in on a day to day basis are enormous (like...entire shopping center enormous) and turning on the shadows would lock up my computer for the rest of the day. But for small files like this one, it looks great!
I hope this helps! May all of your exports be clean and bright!