Soft vs. Smooth vs. Hidden Edges in SketchUp

January 9, 2017 Aaron Dietzen

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

You probably recognize Aaron from those videos on YouTube. Turns out, he can write sometimes, too! Aaron has years of experience with SketchUp and enjoys using it for both professional and personal projects.

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