Hiding terrain can improve SketchUp’s performance. Terrain can gobble up a noticeable chunk of your computer’s processing power, but SketchUp doesn’t ask your processor to render hidden geometry.
Having a way to hide the terrain is also handy when terrain obscures the bottom parts of a model. Hide the terrain, and it’s out of your way.
You can toggle terrain between visible and hidden with SketchUp’s layers feature — after all, controlling visibility is the whole purpose of layers. After you create or import your terrain, make sure that all your terrain geometry is organized into a single group. Then assign that group to a layer to control the terrain’s visibility. To learn details about groups, see Organizing a Model and its subarticles. To understand the tricks to working with layers, see Controlling Visibility with Layers.
If you import terrain from Trimble using the Add Location feature, SketchUp places the terrain on layers for you. In fact, SketchUp creates two layers:
- Location Terrain layer: This is the terrain, imported from your selected area.
- Location Snapshot: This 2D image shows an aerial photo of the area you imported into SketchUp.