How to Save and Share New Styles in Google SketchUp 8 - dummies

How to Save and Share New Styles in Google SketchUp 8

By Aidan Chopra

As you work in Google SketchUp, you’ll want to create your own styles. You’ll also want to save those styles so that you can use them in other models. If you’re part of a team, everyone will likely want to access to the same styles so that all your models look consistent.

Saving the styles you make

When creating your own styles, you can approach things in two ways. Each of these ways gets its own button:


  • Create New Style: Clicking this button creates a new style with the settings you currently have active. When you create a new style, it shows in your In Model collection of styles and is saved with your model.

  • Update Style with Changes: This button updates the current style with any settings changes you’ve made in the Edit or Mix tabs. If you want to modify an existing style without creating a new one, this is the way to go.

Updating an existing style

To make adjustments to a style in your model, you need to update it.

  1. Apply the style you want to update to your model.

  2. Use the controls in the Edit tab to make changes to the style.

  3. Click the Update Style with Changes button in the Styles dialog box to update the style with your changes.

Use the Update Style with Changes button to rename existing styles, too. Just type the new name into the Name box (at the top of the Styles dialog box), press Enter, and then click the update button.

When you update a style, only the copy of the style that’s saved with your model is updated. You aren’t altering the copy of the style that shows in every new SketchUp file you create.

Using your styles in other models

After you update or create a style, you probably want to make that style available in other SketchUp models. To make this happen, you need to be able to create your own styles collections. Collections are folders on your computer that contain the styles that appear in the Styles dialog box. You can create your own collections to keep the styles you invent neat and tidy.

  1. Choose Window, Styles to open the Styles dialog box.

  2. Click the Select tab, click the Details flyout menu, and choose Create A New Collection.

  3. Navigate to the folder on your computer or network where you want to create your collection.

  4. Click the Make New Folder button (Windows) or the New Folder button (Mac).

  5. Type a name for your new collection.

  6. (Mac) Make sure that the Add to Favorites check box is selected.

  7. Click the Save button.

After you create a new collection, you can add styles to it to make them available from any model you work on.

  1. Choose Window, Styles.

  2. Click the Select tab and then click the In Model button to display your In Model collection.

  3. Click the Show Secondary Selection Pane button.

    Use this section to drag and drop styles between folders on your computer, which makes it easier to keep them organized.


  4. In the Select section, choose the collection to which you want to add your style.

  5. Drag your style from the In Model styles list to the Styles list in the Select section.

    By dragging and dropping your style from the upper list to the lower one, you make the style available to anyone who has access to that collection.