I’m trying to import a PDF professional survey in SketchUp to model a garden from it. I’m using Inkscape to transform my PDF into a DWG (or DWF). Unfortunately when I then import my DWG file into SketchUp, all the letters & numbers that were on the original PDF file disappear!
Any idea how to fix that?
Thanks for your reply. I have tried your method but it still doesn’t really work… I’m sharing two screen shots with you: one is what I have on Inkscape (the survey with all the text and numbers information), the second one is what I have on Sketchup after doing what you suggested (I do get some letters and numbers but they seem to all be imported randomly on the top left side of my document!)
God you really know your stuff, thanks, you basically solved my problem!
Last thing if you don’t mind me asking : the dxf file is now pretty heavy (around 25mb). Is there a way to make it lighter? I’m concern SketchUp starts lagging quite a lot
Make it a practice to avoid putting in anything that doesn’t add benefit to the model. For example, if you have to show the buildings in your garden design, don’t add any more detail to them than you absolutely need. Don’t bother adding door components. Just draw a rectangle for the door and push it in slightly.
Presumably you’ll make a 3D model of the garden. Pay attention to the plant components you add. One heavy, overly-detailed plant component can bring your computer to a screeching halt.
Okay that makes sense. However I sometimes had to create more realistic garden designs for clients and I had to use quite a lot of details & plants (see picture below). Would you advice me to do it differently?
I would advise you to look closely at the components you add (or create) to make sure the detail they include adds to what you need to show the client. The general advice for components you get from the 3D Warehouse is to bring them into a separate file to check them out and determine whether they need to be cleaned up or perhaps rejected in favor of another.
Here’s a quick example. I selected a random BBQ grill like you might build into an outdoor kitchen. It’s a nice looking model.
In regard to the appliances. I’ve found sometimes the logo on the 3d warehouse model is heavier than the whole appliance and even a good part of the whole model.
For dwg import. I’ve imported many topographic maps etc. Text and dimensions are no use in SketchUp. I just import what could be used in creating 3d elements. if you want some of that you might use it in LayOut where 2d information belongs.