How Do I Soften Edges in SketchUp?

Are you tired of the harsh edges in your SketchUp models? Do you want to give your designs a softer and more realistic look?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to soften edges in SketchUp and elevate the overall quality of your 3D models.

Method 1: Soften Edges Tool

If you want to quickly soften multiple edges at once, the Soften Edges tool is your best friend. To access it, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the object or group that contains the edges you want to soften.
  2. Go to the “Window” menu and click on “Softening/Smoothing”.
  3. A dialog box will appear. Adjust the angle slider to determine which edges should be softened based on their angles. The higher the angle, the more edges will be softened.
  4. Click “OK” to apply the changes.

Using this tool, you can quickly soften edges without compromising the overall structure of your model.

Method 2: Soften Smooth Edges

If you prefer a more manual approach, you can use the Soften Smooth Edges feature. This method allows you to selectively soften specific edges within an object.

  1. Select the object or group that contains the edges you want to soften.
  2. Right-click on the selection and choose “Soft / Smooth Edges”. Here, you can set a specific angle for each edge or choose to soften all connected edges at once.

This method gives you more control over which edges are softened and allows for precise adjustments.

Method 3: Soften/Smooth Edges with the Eraser Tool

If you want to soften edges on-the-go while working with the Eraser tool, this method is perfect for you:

  1. Select the Eraser tool from the toolbar (shortcut: E).
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) to toggle between Erase and Soften mode.
  3. Click on the edges you want to soften. They will be smoothed out as you erase.

This method provides a quick and intuitive way to soften edges while actively working on your model.


In conclusion, SketchUp offers multiple methods to soften edges in your models. Whether you prefer using dedicated tools like Soften Edges and Soften Smooth Edges or utilizing the Eraser tool, these techniques allow you to achieve a more polished and realistic look for your designs.

Experiment with different methods and find the one that best suits your workflow. Happy modeling!