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Stacking Views

4.7_Stacking Views

0:00 The elevation view with island and furnishings that we used in the previous lesson worked pretty well for our labeling and dimensioning…

0:08 …but let’s say that we need to see what’s behind the kitchen island in order to dimension that as well.

0:12 In that case we’re going to need to create an additional scene in our SketchUp model with the island layer turned off.

0:18 So, back into SketchUp, select the ‘Front-Elevation’ scene and then toggle both the ‘Island’ and ‘Table&Chairs’ layers off.

0:28 Check to be sure all our scene settings are selected and then add a new scene and give it a name.

0:35 Finally, save your model.

0:39 And back in LayOut, update the model reference again.

0:43 We now have a new scene to choose from.

0:47 Let’s duplicate the front elevation page and give it a unique name like 'No-island'.

0:56 Then switch the elevation view to the new scene we just created and watch as our island and furnishings disappear.

1:04 Now suppose we need the island or furnishings to show but we want to ghost them in for reference without blocking what’s behind.

1:12 If everything in our view is coming from just one SketchUp scene, then we can’t differentiate between the foreground and background elements very easily.

1:21 That’s where stacking, or layering multiple viewports on top of one another comes in.

1:27 Stacking viewports allows us to apply different style and rendering settings to each view.

1:33 To do this, copy and paste our current scene so we have two scenes on top of one another.

1:45 Then change the view of the top scene to ‘Front-IslandOnly’.

1:51 Next adjust the bounding box so we now can select either the foreground or background view.

1:59 Let’s now do some quick styling edits to differentiate between the island and the wall elevation behind.

2:05 With the back view selected, change the style to 'Hidden Line' like before.

2:10 Now we should have a color island over a black and white background.

2:14 Next we can change the line weights of the island view. Let’s bump up to 2 to make it read more prominent.

2:22 We can now do the opposite as well by keeping the back view colored and changing the style of the island.

2:30 In order to do this we first need to change the scene style to 'Hidden Line' and then change the rendering style from 'Raster' or 'Hybrid' to 'Vector'...

2:40 And then, in order to be able to edit the linework, we need to explode the view.

2:45 Exploding a view converts it into a scaled drawing.

2:48 We’ll get into more detail about creating and working with scaled drawings in an upcoming lesson.

2:52 For now, go ahead and right-click and select ‘Explode’.

2:56 Once exploded, we no longer have a dynamic link back to our model.

3:01 Instead, we now have the ability to control the vector lines and style.