How Do I Use Style Builder in SketchUp?

Are you a SketchUp user looking to add your personal touch to your models? Look no further than the Style Builder feature in SketchUp!

With the Style Builder, you can create and customize your own unique styles for use in your SketchUp projects. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of using the Style Builder tool effectively.

What is Style Builder?

The Style Builder is a powerful tool that allows you to create custom sketchy edge styles for your SketchUp models. With this tool, you can add hand-drawn or other unique textures to your models, giving them a more personalized and artistic look.

Step 1: Launching the Style Builder

To begin using the Style Builder, open SketchUp and navigate to the “Window” menu. From there, select “Style Builder” to launch the tool.

Step 2: Creating a New Style

Once you have launched the Style Builder, click on “New..” to create a new style. This will open a blank canvas where you can start building your custom style.


If you want to base your style on an existing one from SketchUp, you can click on “Open.” instead. This will allow you to import an existing style as a starting point for your customization.

Step 3: Adding Strokes

The next step is to add strokes to your style. Strokes are essentially brush-like patterns that define how lines will appear in your model. To add strokes, simply click on the “Add Stroke” button located at the bottom of the Style Builder interface.


You can add multiple strokes to create different line effects within your style. Experiment with different stroke combinations to achieve the desired look for your model.

Step 4: Editing Strokes

After adding strokes, you can edit and refine them to suit your preferences. The Style Builder provides various editing tools that allow you to modify the strokes’ properties, such as thickness, opacity, and randomness.


If you want to apply a specific texture or pattern to your strokes, you can import an image file by clicking on the “Import Texture” button. This will give your style a more unique and customized appearance.

Step 5: Previewing and Saving Your Style

Once you’re satisfied with the strokes and overall look of your style, click on the “Preview” button to see how it will appear in SketchUp. If you’re happy with the result, click on “Save.” to save your custom style for future use.


You can also make further adjustments if needed by going back to previous steps and modifying your strokes or other settings.

Step 6: Applying Your Custom Style in SketchUp

To apply your newly created style in SketchUp, open a model and navigate to the “Window” menu. From there, select “Styles” to open the Styles panel.

In the Styles panel, click on the “In Model” tab and then click on the “Create New Style” button at the bottom. Give your style a name and click “OK.” Finally, select your custom style from the list of available styles.


Your custom style is now applied to your model! You can further customize other visual aspects of your model by adjusting various settings within SketchUp’s Styles panel.

  • Experiment with different strokes and settings to create unique styles.
  • Import textures or patterns for added customization.
  • Save your custom style for future use.
  • Apply your custom style to your SketchUp models.

With the Style Builder tool in SketchUp, you have the freedom to create and customize your own sketchy edge styles. Let your creativity flow and make your models stand out with personalized touches!

If you found this tutorial helpful, please leave a comment below. Happy styling!