Exporting 2D faces from Sketchup to Adobe Illustrator


#1

So I’ve got a face that I want to lasercut, and the software that the laser cutter uses is Adobe Illustrator. However, when I try to export this 2D face, I end up with a rasterized image, instead of the 2D face only. I find this annoying, and I don’t have the money to pay for Sketchup Pro to get LayOut.

Can somebody help me out please? Thanks, very much appreciated.
P.S Would be best not to use any third-party apps but extensions from the warehouse are A-OK.


#2

Are you sure the later cutter is using .ai files and not another filetype?


#3

It sounds like you need vector output. That would require SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Shop. Alternatively you could hire someone to make a vector export for you.

What version of SketchUp are you using? Please complete your profile.


#4

You can export as PDF in Make17 and open that in Illustrator.


#5

By the way, sketchup is 3d software, if you want 2d vector graphics, why not use a 2d vector graphic program. Quite a few free ones out there.


#6

Yes, it’s using .ai files because I can cut directly after drawing some shapes.

I’m using Sketchup Make 2017 for your reference.


#7

Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try using export as PDF and see if it works.

EDIT: I went to File -> Export but couldn’t find Export to PDF. Any tips?


#8

Only on Mac.


#9

oops I knew that once upon a time, sorry @tsarcoal


#10

The gray matter turns to jelly in all of us eventually Liam. Some sooner than others it seems.


#11

You can achieve a vector PDF from SketchUp Make by printing to a PDF printer with the “Use high-accuracy HLR” (whatever it means, on the Mac they call it Vector Printing) print quality setting enabled.
The result is essentially identical to what you get with the Export>2d graphic>PDF or EPS function in SU Pro.


#12

If you have adobe illustrator you could export the raster from SU at highest resolution and use “image trace/make expand” in illustrator to get a usable path, if thats accurate enough?


#13

How does one get to the PDF printer?
Also, I think raster from SU would be good to get a path. I’ll try it and see if it’s accurate enough.


#14

IF you were on a Mac, you can use the standard printing dialog box from any program that can print to make a PDF file. It looks like this in SketchUp.

I brought a test into PowerCADD and converted it to objects which worked.

After conversion:

I defer to Windows experts what your options are for printing, but I would assume the SU File->Export->2D Graphic and then PDF works. I tested that as well on my Mac and got the same results.

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Illustrator was able to open the file as vectored art with each line segment as an object plus surfaces as polygons, so that’s a bit redundant for paths.


#15

Go to the Print panel and select it from the drop down list at the top.


#16

You must have one installed. There are a zillion available options, from many free ones to the expensive Adobe Acrobat Pro.


#17

I’m sorry, could you add me some screenshots just so I know I’m using the right way?

FYI I’m on Windows 10. Thanks for the effort though Mac people.


#18

There should be a pdf printer option in the list of printers.
However, it doesn’t send to print but gets saved as a pdf - of which you need to specify file location, name etc. Then open that pdf and print.


#19

idk.pdf (39.0 KB)
hmmmm so here it is, but that simply achieves the same purpose of having a 2D graphic.
Compared to the rasterized image, they’re quite alike.


Also, I only got Microsoft Print to PDF and not Adobe PDF and stuff.


#20

As said earlier, check the “Use high-accuracy HLR” box