SketchUp: Concept Lines Tool
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SketchUp: Concept Lines Tool

Our Concept Lines tool allows you to draw and edit Concept Lines to build and enhance your design. Concept Lines denote linear usages such as vehicle or pedestrian travel. They can also mark areas to be screened or define a boundary of a usage area.



Concept Lines created in SketchUp have a similar function to Concept Lines created using our Concept Graphics tool in CAD.



We also offer a Concept Lines tool within our AutoCAD plugins. For more information, see our documentation section on Concept Lines.

Concept Lines Overview

Open the Concept Lines tool:



LandFX toolbar in SketchUp, Concept Lines button


LandFX toolbar, Concept Lines button

Land-FX menu in SketchUp, Concept Lines option


Land-FX menu, Concept Lines option




The Pick a Line dialog box will open.



Click a line style to select the type of Concept Line you want to draw.

Pick a Line dialog box




Pick a Color dialog box

Once you select your line style, the Pick a Color dialog box will open.




Select a color for your Concept Line.




You're now ready to place the Concept Line on your SketchUp model. Click to place the beginning of the line.


Click to place beginning of Concept Line



Move your mouse up or down to scale the Concept Line component to your desired size, then click to set the size. Each component of your Concept Line will be the size you set.


Move mouse to set scale, then click to set size



Drag your mouse in the direction you'd like the Concept Line to extend. Click to start a new segment or change directions.


Drag mouse to extend line

Concept Line segments can extend laterally as well as vertically in 3D visual space, depending on where you drag your mouse.


When you've finished your line, press Enter.




The Pick a Line dialog box will open.



Click to select an arrow style for your Concept Line.

Pick a Line dialog box showing arrow styles




Your Concept Line is complete.


Concept Line complete

Concept Lines and Contours/Slopes

Concept Lines can follow contours on existing slopes in your SketchUp model. To follow a slope with a Concept Line, click points along the slope while drawing the Concept Line.


Concept Line following a slope



If you simply draw a Concept Line through an existing slope and don't click contour points, the Concept Line will cut through the slope.


Concept Line cutting through a slope

Editing Concept Lines

Each Concept Line you create is actually a group of editable components, or segments. Triple-click on the Concept Line you want to edit.


Concept Line selected for editing




Triple-click a component of the selected Concept Line.


Component of Concept Line selected for editing



Select a tool to use when editing the Concept Line. In our example, we'll use the Push/Pull tool to increase the height of the Concept Line.


Push/Pull tool selected



Finish your edits, then click outside of the selected line to exit edit mode.


Edits made to Concept Line



Here's the result of our example edits:


Example edits to Concept Line

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Last modified on Monday, 25 July 2022 11:08

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