Insert Sketchup model in LayOut grainy


I’m inserting a sketchup model made in 2023 into Layout 2023, but the lines stay very grainy.
Even when I change the line thickness or scale and after exporting to pdf in highest resolution.

I know I can use vector, but I don’t want that because the textures in de model will be gone. And Hybrid is not correcting the problem.

I’ve done this with an other document, which is build up the same way and there is no problem there.
The model that is causing the problem I purged from things that are not used and even copied the drawing into a new document.

Still the grainy lines remains.

Anyone knows what I am doing wrong?


Share your LayOut file so we can see what you are seeing.

I hope you can open this. Because the file is quite large. Otherwise see the picture below. The stools, curved lines en text is grainy.

You need to make the file accessible. Currently it’s not.

I made the link accessible

Alright. It’s opening. Back shortly.

Good to know, the lines in the model are very clean. Even when I zoom in… so the issue is in layout, not in de model.

Check your display quality settings in Document Setup. In version 2023 the developers made the display more coarse to gain some speed. This results to the Low display quality to look very grainy indeed. Medium is more tolerable. Output resolution should always be set to High.

You have the viewport rendered as Raster so the lines are rasterized and with Viewport resolution set to medium, the will look rough. That’s normal.

You can set Rendering to High if you need to see the viewport lines more sharply in Raster rendering.

You also have Line weight set to 0.1 point so they are nearly invisible meaning that back face color will bleed through.

If you want to make things sharper, render as Hybrid. IIncrease Viewport rendering resolution if needed, too. Just keep in mind that works your graphics card harder and can make things slower.

The issue remains after export to Pdf in High res. I don’t mind having grainy lines in workmode, but I do when I saving as pdf to present to the client.

Thank you Dave, the first step of changing my viewport and outpot in high changed it. I
immediately exported to pdf and now I have clean lines!

Thank you for the quick respons!

You also have Profiles turned off. You could set the back face color to back to disguise the bleeding of the back faces.

You mean the lines thickness under shape style?

Still one thing: When exporting to PDF, checking the “Use Jpeg compression” box also makes things look more grainy as the compression algorithm creates ugly artifacts when the subject has flat colours and lines, as SketchUp does. JPEG compression is designed to work with photograph-like subjects.

No. Profiles. In the Style settings in the SketchUp file.

By the way, I also note some excessively large texture files and a lot of incorrect tag usage in your SketchUp model.
Screenshot - 11_7_2023 , 7_54_21 AM
Aftr reducing the largest of the textures to something more reasonable and correcting the tag usage, the SketchUp file is about 32% smaller. Rendering in LayOut is faster, too.

This is what I see in LO with the viewport rendered as Raster, back face color is black and Line Scale set to 0.4.

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That is weird, in my LO is says 0,10.

I don’t really understand what you mean with back face color and how to change that.

The other issues of the textures and tag usage I will check later.

Yes. I showed you that’s what I saw when I opened your file. 0.1 point is practically non-existent. You might just as well not display edges at all. I changed it to 0.4 which is still thin but at least there’s edges.

This is a style setting in SketchUp. Here’s the Styles panel in your model after I changed the Back color from the default blue-gray to black.
Screenshot - 11_7_2023 , 8_28_56 AM