Rotate sun in locked geo located model


#1

I have a complex 3D model of a new project that my firm is working on. The image I want of the north side of the buildings is in shadow if I use the typical sun dialogue box. Can I twist the ground or rotate the sun so that the north elevation can face south and I can highlight - illuminate the north elevation?

Please let me know.


#2

Both your ideas should work. I don’t know where your model is geo-located. When I start a new Sketchup model, it defaults to the Denver Colorado area. I can then use a dialog box (Shadows tray in SU 2016) to change the time of day, which re-positions the sun. I can also use that shadows tray to change the day of year. If I set the month to July (summer in the northern hemisphere) and a set the time to either early morning or late in the evening, I can set the shadows so that they have a south component. Is that good enough?

To really make shadows fall to the south even more, I geo-located to Sydney Australia. There I can make a shadow fall due south. On the other hand, you may just be easier to rotate your model 180 degrees.

See:
https://help.sketchup.com/en/article/3000148


#3

Use the plugin “Solar North” to change the north direction by 180 degrees.

Adding: Find the plugin through ‘Extension Warehouse’ in SketchUp.
The plugin can be found under SketchUp Team as Solar North.


#4

Great Thank you, I will try that.

Wade