Controlling line weights through Styles in SketchUP … then creating Stacked Scenes in SketchUP … then exporting those Scenes into Layout Viewports is a brilliant technique developed by Michael Brightman of Brightman Designs.
This “Feature Request” would significantly reduce the number of stacked scenes that are currently required by this method and would make it more intuitive and simpler to control line weights within Layout on-the-fly.
The key to this “Stacked Scene reduction” is to group objects in logical order within Outliner. Logical grouping is tool you would want to do anyway to keep track of objects in your model.
You would for example group all Walls together. Within the Walls group you might further create nested sub-groups such as Interior walls, Exterior walls, Existing Walls, or New Walls etc. In Layout Outliner you would access these logical groups and assign each of these groups and sub-groups different line weights.
Another logical group might be Windows. Sub-groups might include Glazing, Mullions, Sills etc. In Layout-Outliner you would then assign different line weights as needed.
It would be much more intuitive to edit line weights (ie. edges,profiles, depth cues, and section cuts) within Layout via an Outliner Tab then it would be to control line weights globally through stacked Viewports (SketchUP Scenes) via the Styles Tab in Layout.
The first image below shows a new tab in Layout’s SketchUP Model entitled “Outliner”. Clicking this Tab opens a modified Outliner Menu.
The second image shows the Outliner dialog with new check and edit boxes.
First select the Component or Group you wish to edit.
Second fill in the check and edit boxes as required.
Editing these boxes automatically updates the display of the selected Layout viewport. This gives you the opportunity to re-enter values …see the effects … and make adjustments on-the-fly until you are satisfied with the results.