The sun can have a dramatic effect on your project’s look and feel. Additionally to being able to quickly adjust the sun directly in the Enscape window, Enscape can also interpret the Geolocation and Time of Year settings from Sketchup for the sun to be positioned correctly. You can quick adjust the sun settings in Enscape by using various key combinations listed below.
Time of day – Press U or I to adjust the time of day. Alternatively, you can also use Shift + Right Mouse Button while dragging the mouse right or left.
Solar angle – Press Shift + U or I to adjust the Solar angle.
Solar rotation – Press Ctrl + U or I to adjust the Solar rotation.
Reset Sun Position – Press the Home key to reset modifications made to the sun position.
Generally speaking the Sun Settings and Geolocation are adjusted in Sketchup, and the Geolocation will affect the position of the Sun when adjusting the time of year. You can also, adjust the time of day in the Enscape window and save those settings for each view.
It’s recommended that you enable SketchUp’s native toolbars for Shadows and Location via SketchUp’s View menu.
Select Toolbars Option from SketchUp View Menu
SketchUp Toolbars Selection Window
Once the Shadows and Location Toolbars are enabled in SketchUp, you will see two Toolbars shown here; the first image is the Shadow Toolbar.
The Shadow Toolbar allows you to alter the Time of Year and the Time of Day in your project by adjusting the two sliders.
To save the Sun Position to a Saved View you will need to use SketchUp’s Update Scene option, as explained here.
SketchUp Shadows Toolbar
The second toolbar is the Location Toolbar which will enable you to define both the the area and the topography.
SketchUp Location Toolbar
To adjust the Geolocation, you can either access the settings via the Sketchup File -> Geo-location -> Add Location menu option, or via the SketchUp Window -> Model Info menu option.
SketchUp Add Location Option
SketchUp Model Info
This will open the SketchUp Model window, where you can click on Add Location (which is the same as selecting Add Location from the Sketchup File menu option described above), or Set Manual Location. In the Add Location window, you can either use the search function to enter an address or coordinates, or you can drag and zoom the map to the location you require. Once the general location has been decided upon, you can then click on Select Region which will display a bounding box of the area to use.
SketchUp Model Info Window
Once you are happy with setting the area you want to use, click the Grab button at top right of the Add Location window which will close the Add Location window. This will then display the specified area as the location for your project.
GeoLocation Applied to Project
While you are adjusting the time of day in Enscape. You can save the Enscape Sun Position by going into the View Management tab – Select the view you would like to save the sun position of.
There will be a section for Sun Position, then click the box to open the Enscape Sun Position settings.
You will now have 2 options to control the Sun Position:
Azimuth – Rotation of the sun around the building
Altitude – Rotation above and below the horizon line
By adjusting these sliders you will see the time the time of day change to the desired result.
*If you need to undo the changes at anytime, click the undo button.
Once you are happy with the adjustments, click the Save Button at the bottom of the window.
Now each time you go back to this view it the sun settings will stay the same.
*You can see if a view has the sun settings changed by the little sun icon under the views name
Updated Sun Position
Sun Position Section
Azimuth and Altitude Settings