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One great way to enhance your final presentations is with the use of a special feature in Google SketchUp called Styles. Styles are collections of display settings, including new options like Watermarks and Sketchy Effects, saved in the new Styles palette. You can use Style Builder to create custom non-photorealistic (NPR) Styles for SketchUp. NPR Styles can make your models appear hand-rendered, super-technical, and everything in between. You can create, save, and organize Styles as well as share Styles with others. With a single click, you can quickly apply a style to any model by selecting it from the new Styles window. The use of Styles provides a unique way to visualize models within SketchUp. To learn more on how to create your own styles a good start would be go through Aidan Chopra’s Google 3D Basecamp/2008 video session here. The session proceeds step-by-step through the process of using Style Builder to make your own signature SketchUp Styles.
An interesting 4 minute movie here, created by Tsa on the 3D Warehouse provides a real-time flythrough of a city cycling through a variety of style modes.
On these pages however we won’t be teaching you how to create your own styles, you will have to practice that by yourself ,but we will be collecting and featuring some of the popular styles out there, giving credit to their original authors and directing you to their original sources. We hope that this visual library will be a helpful reference and inspiration in your future  creative process.

Google SketchUp Style Builder Competition Winners.
The following ten styles presented here are Google SketchUp Style Buider Competition Winners so if you are using SketchUp 7 you allready have them installed inside your styles folder.

Hand Drafted with Mask – Created by Mark Leasor.
This style gives you some sketchyness to your model without being too loose. It works best with solid colors applied to the model because there is a Watermark Mask that subtly softens the image.  The lines for this style were created with a fine point pen against a straight edge.  Also note that the lines are colored by material, which allows white lines of window mullions to show up on a dark window surface.


Light Grey Freestyle – Created By Matt Campbell.
Light grey freestyle lines makes the sketch look more like a concept.


Lines with Wide Marker – Created by Daisuke Matsuura.
Lines with a wide marker.


Pencil Edges With Whiteout Border- Created by Mark Paschke.
Pencil edges with a whiteout border.


Tech Pen Endpoints – Created by Mark Galbraith.
Technical pen lines with endpoints.


Pencil on Graph Paper – Created by  Matthew Valero.
Pencil lines on graph paper.


Pencil on light brown – Created by (SAM) Xia QiCong.
A natural presentation expression for architects.


Pencil Sketch with Darker Traced lines – Created by Devin Lavigne.
Loose pencil sketch lines with darker traced lines.


Rough Pencil Style – Created by Alan Adams.
Rough pencil lines.


Stain Edges with Frame – Created by Reuben Chock.
Loose, messy style, ala napkin sketch. Directional textures. Frame for consistent exhibits for quick presentations, notch in the base for notes, titles…


Japanese styles by Indigo Studio
Here are some interesting Japanese styles created by Indigo Studio.There are seven styles all together: douhaku,ginpaku,hiroshige,hiroshige_rain,hiroshige_spring,kinpaku and sesshu.All these styles are freeware and you can dowload them here.



hiroshige rain





To be continued…..

3 Comments leave one →
  1. SketchUp Freak permalink
    June 24, 2009 12:32 pm

    So where can I download these styles? They all look fab, but there is no download link.

  2. jameshannigan permalink*
    June 27, 2009 10:01 am

    Hi SketchUp Freak
    In SketchUp 7 go to Window>Styles, you will find Style Builder Competition winners there. You can then select whichever one you want as they are listed there.
    Hope this helps…

  3. August 2, 2009 4:57 am

    Thank you for introducing our work. You can download our stylse from here.

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