Soft vs. Smooth vs. Hidden Edges in SketchUp

I remember way back when I started learning SketchUp, I wanted to draw a robot. I wanted the robot to have a nice smooth domed head. I was able to do so… kind of. Initially my geometry looked great and smooth, but as I edited it and changed the geometry, some of the edges were showing up and ruining the smoothness of my robo-dome! Or sometimes, the edges would stay hidden, but I could see each of the facets that made up the metal skull cap, ruining the appearance of a smooth head! Not knowing any better, I discarded countless robot heads in my pursuit of the perfect smooth surface. I had no idea there was a difference between soft, smooth, and hidden, or how simple it was to switch between them.

If only Yesteryear Aaron had Today Aaron to tell him to slow down, take a breath, and watch this Skill Builder video

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Aaron Dietzen

When not supporting the sales team as a sales engineer, Aaron spends his free time designing things in SketchUp. That's it. That's all he does... oh, and he likes backpacking, skiing, drawing, painting, sculpting, and spending time with his family!

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