Darken the Pattern Fill

LO 2013/2014
Is there a way to darken the pattern fill? Looks fine on the screen but is light in printouts and pdf. It is not totally unacceptable, but could be better.

Hi Paul,

2 ways you can darken material in SU, 1 to use B(bucket) to open your material window and click on ‘‘edit’’ and then choose the HSL to ‘‘dim down’’ the brightness.
another way is to set the sun light in shadow.
If everything is fine on screen but the print out still looks dark I think you probably make a final brightness adjust in other software like PS or PPT.

Hope it help

Let’s talk Layout.

The distributed pattern fills are in:
%ProgramData%/SketchUp 201x/Layout/PatternFills

You can choose one directory, probably the latest version, and copy it to a common location in your user path like:
(… or whatever path makes sense to you.)

Then click in the address bar and copy the new user path, and (ALT+TAB) switch to Layout.
Edit (menu) > Preferences (dialog) > Folders (panel)
Click the + button under Pattern Fill Images (bottom box of the 3,) and paste in the new user path.
(Do this for any Layout version you are using.)

Then use a graphics editor to edit the png patterns in the user path.

As you compile a library of user custom patterns you can share them among your computers or friends via DropBox, OneDrive, etc,

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Hey guys,

Any thoughts on darkening the linework of the SketchUp file when imported into LayOut then shown in pdf?

I have an architectural dwg file imported into SketchUp, presented in a scene, then shown in LayOut. When this is saved to pdf with LayOut linework, the architectural dwg is often very dim.

The city’s plan review requires that I darken the architectural dwg as shown on the pdf. Until then, we can’t get a permit for the drawing set.

Thank you!

You can increase the line weight in the SketchUp Model panel in LayOut. The defaul line weight (Line Scale) is 0.5 pt but you can increase it. Here is the same scene from SketchUp shown at the default 0.5, 1, and 2 pt.

Oh wow, darken in SketchUp, of course. Thank you!

No. Adjust the Line Scale in the SketchUp Model panel in LayOut.

It worked! Thank you!