Black and white architectural drawings from full colored / textured models


We received a question about how you can make black and white drawings from your full colored / textured models. With Skalp for SketchUp we have a special method for this. I think a lot of users (also not Skalp users) can benefit from this ‘not documented’ method:

With Skalp pattern layers we use the special behavior from the ’color by layer’ option in combination with the ’hidden line’ render mode. The ‘hidden line’ render mode normally shows the model fully in white,except when you use the ‘color by layer’ mode and have a texture attached to the layer instead of a color. Then everything is white except the faces which are on the layers with the textures attached. These elements are textured with the attached textures even if they are colored. This option gives you the ability to texture / color your model for you 3D presentation or rendering and make a ‘color by layer’ setup for your architectural drawings.
You can setup a Skalp style to send the section result to special ‘Skalp Pattern Layers’ for use with this method. The only problem is that the SketchUp API has a missing feature to attach a texture to a layer. The following video’s show how you can setup this way of working. With Skalp you can setup a Skalp Style for every scene. This way you can define scenes for use in SketchUp (full colored) and scenes for generating drawings (black and white).

for windows:

for mac:

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