Importing SU images

I know this will be an easy solve, but I’m done watching youtube videos.

Export a jpg from sketchup, import said jpg into layout. Why does it create a large white background around it? It makes it difficult to scale the actual image because there is so much white space around the actual image. Also can’t move the image around much because the white background overlaps my layout template.

If you import a .jpg image into layout you get exactly that, a 2D image of whatever was inside the SketchUp window when you exported. If you had white around the model in sketchup when you took the snapshot then that’s what’s in the picture. The same as if you imported a picture of a flower or a puppy.

Layout is intended to be used by linking directly to the .skp sketchup model, not to a jpg. Open layout and chose your paper size then import the model directly. Or start from in sketchup, save the model and then click the Send To Layout button in the large tool set.

To make using Layout simple, create Scenes in Sketchup that represent the views you want to see in LayOut. When you import the model into Layout you can then select the Scene with its default view an not need to modify the model or view of the model in Layout.

EF and Greg have given you sound advice to send the SketchUp file to LayOut and use scenes from your model for viewports in the LO file. If you absolutely must export images from your model and use them in LayOut, export png files instead of jpg and in the export options choose to export the background as transparent.