How Do I Remove Black Edges in SketchUp?

Are you tired of seeing those annoying black edges in your SketchUp models? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of removing those black edges and enhancing the overall appearance of your SketchUp designs.

Understanding the Issue

Before we dive into the solution, let’s take a moment to understand why these black edges appear in the first place. When you create 3D models in SketchUp, each face has a front and a back side.

By default, SketchUp displays both sides of each face. This can result in overlapping edges that give the illusion of black lines.

To resolve this issue, we need to instruct SketchUp to display only the front side of each face. Let’s explore how to do that:

Step 1: Select All Geometry

The first step is to select all the geometry in your model. You can do this by pressing Ctrl+A (or Cmd+A on a Mac) or by choosing “Select All” from the Edit menu.

Step 2: Accessing the Styles Window

Next, navigate to the “Styles” window. You can find it by going to Window > Styles. This window allows you to customize various aspects of your model’s appearance.

Step 3: Editing Edge Settings

In the Styles window, locate the “Edges” tab and click on it. Here, you will find options related to edge display settings.

Tip: If you can’t see the “Edges” tab, make sure you have selected a style that allows for edge editing. Some styles have predefined settings that don’t allow customization.

Step 3.1: Turning Off the Display of Back Edges

Within the “Edges” tab, you will find a checkbox labeled “Display back edges.” By default, this checkbox is checked, indicating that SketchUp displays both front and back edges.

To remove the black edges, simply uncheck the “Display back edges” option. This instructs SketchUp to show only the front side of each face, effectively hiding any overlapping lines.2: Adjusting Edge Color and Width

In addition to hiding the back edges, you can also customize the color and width of your model’s edges. To do this, click on the “Color” or “Width” options within the “Edges” tab and make your desired selections.

  • Color: Choose a color from the available palette or use custom RGB values to create a unique edge color.
  • Width: Adjust the width of your model’s edges by selecting a value from the drop-down menu or entering a specific measurement.

Step 4: Applying Changes

Once you have made all your desired adjustments within the Styles window, click on the “Update” button to apply these changes to your model.

The Final Result

Congratulations! You have successfully removed those pesky black edges from your SketchUp design. Now you can enjoy a cleaner and more professional-looking model.

Note: Remember that these changes are specific to the style you are currently using. If you switch to a different style or apply these settings to another model, you may need to repeat this process.

We hope this tutorial has helped you enhance your SketchUp skills and improve the visual quality of your models. Happy designing!