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How to Update Scenes in Google SketchUp 8

If you want to update (make changes to) an existing Google SketchUp scene, you update all the scene’s properties at once, which is a piece of cake, or update the scene’s properties selectively, which isn’t quite as simple. Read on for both sets of instructions.

Updating all the scene properties at once

The simplest way to modify a scene is to not worry about individual properties.

After you update a scene, you can’t use Undo to revert things back to the way they were. Save your SketchUp file right before you update a scene and choose File, Revert if you don’t like the results.

If all you want to do is update a scene after you make an adjustment to the appearance of your model, you’re in luck. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the tab of the scene you want to update.

  2. Make whatever styles, shadows, camera, or other display changes you want to your model.

  3. Right-click the current scene tab and choose Update.

    Be careful not to accidentally double-click the tab, or you’ll reactivate the scene and lose all the changes you made. The old scene properties are replaced by the new ones, and you’re home free.

Updating scene properties selectively

Here’s where things get complicated. At times in your SketchUp life, you’ll want to update a scene without updating all its properties.

When you update scenes selectively, you make changes that you can’t see immediately, which means disaster might strike. Copy your SketchUp file before you update more than one scene at a time, just in case something awful happens.

Maybe you’ve used scenes to create a tour of the sunroom you’re designing for a client, and you want to change the shadow settings to make your model look brighter. You have 30 scenes in your presentation, and your meeting’s in 5 minutes. You don’t have time to change and update all 30 scenes one at a time. What to do? Follow these steps:

  1. Adjust the Shadow Settings properties to where you want them to be for all the scenes you want to update.

    Although this example deals with shadows, this same method applies to any scene properties changes you want to make.

  2. In the Scenes dialog box, select all the scenes you want to update.

    Hold down the Shift key to select more than one scene at a time.

  3. Click the Update button in the Scenes dialog box.

    The Scenes Update dialog box appears.

  4. Select the Shadow Settings check box and click the Update button.

    If all you want to update are the Shadow Settings, make sure that only that check box is selected. More generally, you’d select the check box next to each of the properties you want to update. All the selected scenes are updated with those new properties, and all the properties left deselected remain unchanged.

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