How to Include SketchUp Model Views in LayOut Documents - dummies

How to Include SketchUp Model Views in LayOut Documents

By Aidan Chopra

To get a view from Google SketchUp into LayOut, all you do is insert a SketchUp file. From within LayOut, you can pick the view you like best. You can also use as many views of the same model as you want. When your SketchUp file is modified, LayOut knows about it and (using the References panel in the Document Setup dialog box) lets you update all your views at once by clicking a single button.

Follow these steps to insert a SketchUp viewport (model view) into your document:

  1. In SketchUp, create a scene for each view of your model that you want to show in your LayOut document.


  2. In LayOut, navigate to the page where you want to insert a viewport.

    Use the Pages panel to move between existing pages. The quickest way to add a new page is to duplicate an existing one: Just click the Duplicate Selected Page button (between Add and Delete) in the Pages panel.

  3. Insert a SketchUp model viewport:

    • Choose File, Insert to open the Insert dialog box.

    • Find the SketchUp file on your computer that you want to insert and click the Open button.

  4. Associate a scene with your model viewport.

    With the Select tool, right-click your viewport and choose Scenes, and then choose the name of the scene you want to associate.

    If you don’t see a list of scenes, you probably forgot to save your SketchUp file in Step 1. Save your SketchUp file; then right-click your viewport (in LayOut) and choose Update Reference.


  5. Assign a drawing scale to your model view, if that’s appropriate.

    LayOut doesn’t prevent you from assigning a scale to any old view, but that doesn’t matter. Drawing scales apply only to nonperspectival, straight-on views of your model.


  6. Use the Select tool to position, rotate, or resize your model view.

    Click and drag to move any element in your document on the page. Use the Rotation Grip (the little blue stick in the center of your image when it’s selected) to rotate. You can resize anything by clicking and dragging any corner.