Export, Skp 2018 to pdf, with opacity


Hi everyone,

Trying to export to pdf whit the transparenci of each materials, please help.

  *Need to be pdf or every kind of vector.


Sketchup 2019? Has it been released then?


I think not. The guys over. On Skethucation have been chomping at the bit for weeks.


Ah yes, I see the title has now been corrected.

Don’t really understand the question though.





  1. not able to be understood; not intelligible. :roll_eyes:


I believe the OP wishes to export to a vector format, with transparent materials applied to surfaces…

exporting a ‘hybrid view’ from LayOut can achieve that…



Not quite. Hybrid rendering puts vector lines on top of a raster image background.

Vector PDF export cannot render raster effects like texture, shadows or transparency. You can re-apply these effects by editing the PDF in a vector graphics editor like Illustrator or Inkscape, and, for instance, overlay different versions of the view.

Here I exported a version with transparent materials hidden. Then I exported another without transparency. Then I put the second version on top of the first (or copied only the glass from one file to another, it looks the same)and gave it 50% transparency in Illustrator.


Hi everybody again, this is the one and only solution i found around the web, i was not able to understood until now, apologize my english, and tnak u very much !

But now that i realized, I have a big issue, the solution from @Anssi, is not useful in the case that you have two or more objects, with two or more faces overlapping, like this:

So, what can i do?


Perhaps the EPS/PDF export function in SketchUp and LayOut would need an overhaul. The SketchUp version is, as far as I can tell, unchanged since I started using SU with version 3, way back in the @Last times. According to the Adobe documentation, the PDF format versions 1.4 and later do support vector transparency, and, if a compatibility with antediluvian versions of Acrobat is needed, a “flattened version” would be desirable.



You can, of course, export in several stages, using the same principle, to achieve the same stacking order in 2D as visible in your 3D model.


Ok, i got it, I’m gonna explain my process, and next my problem.

3D model

This is the model in 3D, in SU pro 2018, this is what I want in the final 2d vector file.

1st export
Here I had to hide the faces in the 1st block in SU

2nd export
Here, I unhide the faces of the 1st block

3rd export
Here I unhide all elements in SU.

Adobe illustrator file

Final file in Adobe illustrator, (as far as i could go), whit opacity and overlapping layers, whit copy in the same place tool.


All right up here, then, the big problem is this:

My real model in 3D is the next:

So, to do the last process I have to spend a lot of time only organizing layers and groups in SU and also in Ai, I wonder if somebody have a better solution.

@Caroline, @Anssi.


I would probably bite the bullet and export a high resolution raster image file, or a hybrid-rendered one through LayOut. Of course the workarounds I described become too complex when there are a lot of faces to get stacking in the right order. Why does it have to be a vector-only image?


I must admit I not use layout, but, I’ll try it.

It has to be vector file for the facility of editing colors and adding strokes, that stuffs, I have to make a desing plan of a skyscraper, academic stuff.

if I can not find the solution, maybe I’ll try to do it in Photoshop and in Illustrator, so can u tell me HOW export a high resolution raster image file?, and how to export that image in the same place of the vector file pdf/eps.



Might be a factor, but are you running bootcamp or parallels on your Mac?