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Hmm. Your date widget is not valid?

Oops! Thanks, Steve!
I tried to post from my phone and… something went wrong…

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I’ll be tucked up in my bed.

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Alas! Maybe we will arrange one for first thing in the morning you time…if I can stay up that late :wink:

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example for path select tool from SketchUV

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Hey I just saw this quote here… Anything I can help with?

There was a question about SVG and SketchUp and Fabber was mentioned, so I shared this link for further information…

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Briefly, can you outline your process? I was trying this as well but kept running into problems. I had two scenes in SU - one with sketchy lines, fog, etc. and one without and very bold. I stacked two viewports in LO and made a clipping mask around the point of emphasis on the bold scene. But something wasn’t working right; either I wasn’t getting the viewports on the right layers or in the right order on the page.

For that image there’s a viewport showing everything but Josh, the door and door frame tags on the lowest layer in the stack like this.

Then on the layer above it, (Layer 3 because I was too lazy to name it for this project. :slight_smile: ) I put a rectangle with white fill. I set its opacity so you can see the model underneath. For this example I left Stroke turned on for the rectangle so you can see it but in practice I would turn that off.

Then on the next layer up, I pasted a copy of the viewport and changed which tags are visible to show Josh, the doors, and the door frame.

And of course you could use different styles for the different viewports if you want.

You crack me up. Besides answering the question clearly and completely, you close with just the right dash of humor. Thanks! It reminded me of an old AutoCad monthly magazine wherein one of the authors always ended his specific, technical problem-solving article with "and now for something different … " followed by a tidbit of information that had nothing to do with his article but was always something very, very interesting. One I recall addressed the reason why you should buy colored nylon fabric in your folding lawn chairs versus white.

To recap: 3 layers - one for a “background,” then a “screen,” then the “point of emphasis;” 2 viewports - one “dull” and one “happy.”

I’m glad that helped and you found the humor in the last post.

It’s too bad most magazine don’t seem to have room for a bit of off-topic in their articles.

Yes. That’s it. And it’s so much easier these days than it was last year or before.

FWIW, I was going to end with this but I couldn’t find the style. :smiley:


So, Josh is in the zoo/farm and Elsie is visiting?

“I put a rectangle with white fill. I set its opacity so you can see the model underneath.”

I’m embarrassed but I am now having trouble getting the fill on the screen layer to be transparent; I can’t get it to be anything but white. (yes, for right now, it is easier to ask you than to look it up.)

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Oops, got it. (This technique works more often than one would think - like taking your car to a mechanic.)

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How did you get the background of the Josh viewport to be transparent? My emphasis layer blocks out everything below or behind it.