Guide line thickness

I would like to make the guide lines thicker as they were in previous versions. When doing a screen capture (the quality tends to be better than exporting to a 2D image) the guides are almost too light to see compared to the thicker lines of the model.

Is there a way to do this? It’s very hard to show others your work who do not wish to download SU or some other program just to see it.

Am I somehow missing the option?

There is no specific setting for guideline thickness. You may be able to reduce the AA setting in Preferences>OpenGL and make the lines look thicker.

Another thing to do is look at the color of the guidelines in the Styles window. It may be that they are set to gray instead of black.You can change the color to something more easily seen. Black will tend to show up better.

Out of curiosity, how are you using guidelines? Perhaps there’s an alternative to guidelines that would work for your use.

Unless the images are for teaching SketchUp, I don’t show guidelines in exported images.

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I have used them to show how something goes together. This is the case in which they are hard to see.
I have tried using black and they still come out looking grey.

Here is an example when I showed someone how to assemble a 3D printer extruder. I tried making them pink which made it a bit more visible but still not as obvious as I would like.

If I could make a dashed line, that would be great but I have not found a way to do that. I always find a sketch like this explains something much better than words.

I will try this and see if it helps. Thanks for the quick reply!

Sadly, that does not seem to make a difference. Thanks for the suggestion @DaveR.

I see what you’re doing…

There is the Dashed Line plugin which is available from Smustard that would do what you need. You can make dashed lines manually by dividing an edge and hiding alternating segments. Here’s a quick example.

Without going into a long thing, since SketchUp is a surface modeler, lines are used as edges to define the limits of faces. They weren’t really intended to be used as lines per se. I won’t get into whether that should be changed or not although I expect someone will be along to do that. If you need to do this frequently, it might be best to invest in SU Pro and use LayOut. It’s got options for different line weights and styles including dashed lines.

The AA thing was a shot but it’s dependent on the setting you already have and your graphics card.

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Yes, I looked into Pro (so I could use layout) but I do not make any money from anything I produce from SU so I see no need to spend that kind of money.

I will look into plugins. Thanks for the suggestion. Most of these are quick examples to help answer assembly questions on a forum so the manual dividing on sometimes over 10 lines would be kind of a pain.

Again, thanks so much for your help!

You could make a dashed line component and reuse it.

And you’re quite welcome.

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Another great idea. You have given me some good options. I will see what works best/easiest.

People like you make forums great and help keep them going! You are awesome!

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Or how about a dashed line Dynamic Component from the 3D Warehouse?


[quote=“DaveR, post:5, topic:47041”]There is the Dashed Line plugin which is available from Smustard…

• Smustard : Todd Burchs ‘DashedLines

check compatibilty w/ your SU version (2017) before buying.

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