Often times overlay stacking is completely unrealistic and does not make real world sense. I’ve seen a lot of great work out there by people like @Sonder @gsharp , @bmike @DaveR , @paul.mcalenan @llavebrooks and many more. My question is about overlays in layout and how they can often look unrealistic:
The only realistic viewport stacking option is a dashed line viewport stack, to my knowledge that is it. Now if that statement is correct when using Layout, than this is very limiting when it comes to using viewport stacks and actually making things still look realistic. This leaves very limited options. I’ll explain why in the video below. When you finish the short video, I’m wondering if anyone has any detailed suggestions on this. I’m not looking for manual workarounds that take a chunk of time, the best part about my workflow is that almost my entire workflow is automated, where I never have to dash any hidden objects, etc. Once my scenes are setup as a template in sketchup and layout drawings, I’m done and ready for all future projects with the same contents and need to make only minor adjustments to sketchup and layout moving forward. So if anyone has any suggestions that do not involve TOO much manual work arounds that would be great. You can see in the video how I make a copy of the deck floor, turn it transaparent and hide the other one, that’s a manual work around but it only took me about 1 minute to setup. I’m wondering if there is a better way to look at this then I am. I’d also love to know if anyone has any good suggestions for showing things like deck plans to the builder, perhaps I’m overcomplicating it? If I am, could you please detail why.
Correct but looks bad with dashed stairs (too much going on with stair dashes, looks cluttered):
Correct, looks good. Thinking of it now, I guess if I wanted a overlay outline of just the floor, I could do the same thing where I made a copy of the floor and just make it totally transparent now it would show the floor outline only and still be realistic because it’s a texture applied in sketchup and not an overlay applied in layout… Any better suggestions? Would other designers perhaps remove the walls from the drawing showing only the deck group so floor beams and columns and get rid of the building in the drawing. Looking for different/better ways of showing a deck plan.
Totally unrealistic. It looks like the deck is floating over the building. This is a deck floor set to xray style viewport showing only the deck overlayed in layout. This drawing clearly illustrates the problem with viewport stacking of anything but dashed lines often being unrealistic.