How Do I Create a Scene in SketchUp 2015?

Creating a scene in SketchUp 2015 allows you to save specific views of your model for easier navigation and presentation. Scenes are like bookmarks that remember the position, zoom level, and visibility settings of your model. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps to create a scene in SketchUp 2015.

Step 1: Navigating Your Model

Before you create a scene, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the navigation tools in SketchUp 2015. Use the Orbit tool to rotate your model, the Pan tool to move it left or right, up or down, and the Zoom tool to get closer or farther from your model.

Step 2: Setting Up Your View

To create a scene, first position your model exactly as you want it to appear in the scene. Zoom in or out, rotate it, and pan until you’re satisfied with the view. Make sure all the desired objects are visible.

If you want to include specific details in your scene, use the Section Plane tool. This allows you to cut through your model and show its interior parts. To create a section plane, go to “Tools > Section Plane”, click on a surface of your model where you want the section plane to be placed.

Step 3: Creating a Scene

Once you have set up your view and made any necessary adjustments using tools like orbiting or section planes, you can proceed to create a new scene:

  1. Select the “Window > Scenes” option from the menu bar at the top of SketchUp window.
  2. In the Scenes dialog box, click on the “Add Scene” button (the plus icon) to create a new scene.
  3. A new scene tab will appear at the top of the SketchUp window, indicating that your scene has been created.

By default, each new scene will save the current view of your model. You can also choose to save other properties such as shadows, section cuts, or hidden geometry by checking or unchecking the corresponding options in the Scenes dialog box.

Step 4: Managing Scenes

SketchUp allows you to create multiple scenes within a single model. To manage your scenes:

  • To rename a scene, double-click on its name in the Scenes dialog box and enter a new name.
  • To delete a scene, select it in the Scenes dialog box and click on the “Remove Scene” button (the minus icon).
  • To update a scene with any changes you’ve made to your model after creating it, simply update your view and right-click on the desired scene tab. Then select “Update”.

Step 5: Navigating Between Scenes

To switch between scenes:

  1. Select the “Window > Scenes” option from the menu bar at any time.
  2. In the Scenes dialog box, click on a specific scene tab to instantly navigate to that saved view of your model.

You can also use SketchUp’s animation features to create smooth transitions between scenes for an interactive presentation experience. With this feature, you can add movement and dynamic effects to your scenes.

Creating scenes in SketchUp 2015 is a powerful way to save and present different views of your model. By incorporating sections, shadows, and other settings, you can effectively communicate your design intent to others. So go ahead, start creating scenes and elevate your SketchUp experience!