The Styles Browser Edge panel

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SketchUp contains a variety of edge rendering styles allowing you to manipulate the edge appearance on the screen.

Note: Endpoints and Jitter edge rendering styles are not available for NPR Edges.
Models with perfectly straight digitally drawn lines are often perceived to be in a finished state. Edge Rendering Styles are useful in conveying that a model is still in conceptual state and, therefore, is open for feedback.


Edges checkbox

Selecting the Edges checkbox activates the display of edges in your model. The following images shows a series of cubes without and then with edges.

Back Edges checkbox

Selecting the Back Edges checkbox activates the display of edges obscured by other edges in your model. Obscured edges appear as dashed lines. The following images show a cube without back edges and then a cube with back edges. Note that enabling back edges will disable the X-Ray face style.

Profiles checkbox

Selecting the Profiles checkbox emphasizes the outlines 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 following image shows a series of cubes with edges and profile edges.

Depth cue checkbox

Selecting the Depth cue checkbox emphasizes the lines of geometry in the foreground over the lines of geometry in the background. The following image shows a series of cubes with edges and depth cue edges on. Notice that the foreground edges on each cube get progressively thinner from front to back and top to bottom. Enter a thickness, in pixels, for the depth cue lines in the pixels field. This thickness determines the thickness of the forward-most lines (such as for the bottom middle cube in the following image) of your model.

Extension checkbox

Selecting the Extension checkbox extends 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 image shows a series of cubes with edges and extension edges.

Endpoints checkbox

Selecting the Endpoints checkbox places additional line thickness at the endpoints of lines. Enter a length, in pixels, for the length of the emphasized endpoints in the pixels field. The following image shows a series of cubes with edges and endpoints edges.

Jitter checkbox

Selecting the Jitter checkbox renders each line multiple times at a slight offset, giving your model hand-drawn sketched appearance. This edge rendering style does not affect inference behavior. The following image shows a series of cubes with edges and jitter edges.

Color

SketchUp also allows you to manipulate the edge color on the screen.

Note: Edge colors are only available when using Shaded and Shaded with Textures face rendering styles. Inference alignments to edges are not available when edges are hidden.

All same

Use the All same drop-down list item to display all edges using the Edges color as defined in color swatch. This option does not actually change any edge color assignments you may have made, but preserves them if you choose to view them again.

By material

Use the By material drop-down list item to display edges using an assigned material color. The following image contains edges painted with a grey material.

By axis

Use the By axis drop-down list item to display edges in colors corresponding to the color of the drawing axes to which they are parallel. This option is helpful in determining when edges are not aligned to an axis. The following image has lines colored red, green, and blue corresponding to the axes to which they are aligned.