How to create grades in a scene?


#1

I’m creating a layout of a plaza that has a roady, buildings, and so forth. Everything is flat as of right now but I now have to make the road way slant downward so it has about a 10 degree downward slant. Also, next to the road is the pavilion that’s about 20 feet away and it sits on top of a slight knoll or hill. I’m going to guess that the knoll sits maybe 8 feet higher than the road.

I’m still feeling my way through SU so when I drew this, I used layers and put various elements on various layers. Should I have drew the hills and so forth on one layer and then road on another? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


#2

It sounds like you are using SketchUp’s layers incorrectly. In SketchUp, layers do not gather or isolate geometry. They simply provide a bulk setting of visibility or color for a bunch of entities. And visibility does not affect whether entities interact with (“stick to”) each other. Use Groups or Components to isolate collections of entities that make up a “thing”.


#3

I use layers a lot in Adobe products so I agree I’ve discovered that layers appears to be very different in SU. I will check out the groups and components. Any idea about how to make a grade? Thank you.