How to Create Your Own Layout Templates in SketchUp Pro

By Aidan Chopra, Rebecca Huehls

Most of the SketchUp Pro design presentations that you (or your firm) put together probably look alike — after all, they’re part of your brand identity. If the presentation documents you make are all variations on a couple themes, why not build your own templates and use them every time you start a new project? You can set up LayOut so that your templates appear in the Getting Started dialog box, making it easier to build consistent presentations, quicker.

Follow these steps to turn any LayOut file into a template:

  1. Build a LayOut file that includes all the elements you want.

    These elements may include a title block, a logo, page numbering, and a cover page. You probably also want to set up things you can’t see, such as Auto-Text tags, a layering system, and even premade, empty pages for content. To make sure your template captures everything, you can strip all the content out of a LayOut document that you’ve already made and then save the resulting shell as a template.

    Before you move to Step 2, make sure you’re viewing the page that you want to use as the thumbnail preview in the template list.

  2. Choose File→ Save as Template.

    The Save As Template dialog box opens.

  3. Type a name for your template and then choose a location for your new template.

    In the list at the bottom of the dialog box, click the folder (they’re all folders) in which you want to include the template you’re adding.

  4. Click OK (Save on a Mac).

    The next time the Getting Started dialog box appears, your new template will be in it.