Fade shade

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#1

Not the name of a new band but a request for something that might already exist in some form.

When shading things it can look good to fade to white from a fully shaded edge. I don’t think there is any native tool to do that unless someone has devised a cunning workaround. I am not aware of any extension that helps either. Does anyone know a way to achiee such a thing without exporting to third party software?


#2

Can you show an example of what you are thinking of?


#3

I think the term is “gradient shading”. I suppose you could do that with a custom material based on a gradient image, but I don’t think SketchUp has any built-in way.


#4

This isn’t a brilliant example but it’s along the right lines. We used to achieve it in manual drawings by using a pencil more heavily near a line and less heavily as you went away from it.

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#5

I think I see what you’re referring to. There’s no way to do that in SketchUp without a little outside help. You could create materials or textures that could do that sort of thing and apply them to the model.


#6

I have just been using the inbuilt texture for mirror (to show a mirror!). That has a fade (aka gradient) effect, although you can’t manipulate where it fades from. Shows something like what I want is possible.


#7

Have you tried turning off fixed pins and adjusting the texture that way? You could easily make different gradient images to use as textures.


#8

No. How do you “turn off fixed pins”?


#9

Right click on the applied texture image and choose Texture>Position. Right click on it again and untick Fixed Pins. then you can drag the pins around.