I’ve done some extensive searching on Google and I can’t find any relevant discussion about this. I know that, typically, if I can think of a solution to a problem, some person (likely much smarter than myself) has already implemented it in some way.
My problem is this:
When we present a polished version of our model to a client, we utilize the sunlight feature and shadows. We’ve also started to implement backdrops and in some cases, domes, in order to add that extra bit of realism to a presentation. But the problem we’re noticing is that when you combine those with sunlight/shadows, your backdrops will cast a shadow, and your domes will flat out block the sunlight totally, throwing a shadow over the entire model.
I just have a sneaking suspicion that there’s a workaround for this problem, but I don’t know what it is. I’ve looked through plugins and I’ve searched for built-in features that might solve this problem, but I haven’t been able to find anything yet. Can anyone help me with this? My intuition tells me that there should be a way to tell SketchUp to allow sunlight to pass through specific faces, but I’m not sure how to go about doing that.
And if there isn’t already a plugin for this, I think it would be a highly useful plugin for some brilliant coder to create.