I am hoping to import a screenshot from google maps. On top of that screenshot, I’d like to model a plan of roads, driveways, and structures to be built on the screenshotted plot of land. All of what I wish to do is two dimensional. Any recommendations to a new sketchup user? When should I move my model into LayOut?
Personally I would do the drawing in SketchUp. Then send to LayOut. If you decide later you want to go 3D, you won’t have to start over.
Try placing a locked component containing a transparent face just above the satellite image to place work on and avoid z-flashing.
Check out our full-length course on SketchUp Campus for Landscape and Site Design. Secifically: Importing and tracing over images: https://learn.sketchup.com/course/creating-base-model/importing-scaling-reference-sketch
And later, importing existing open data sources (to hopefully save you some modeling effort): https://learn.sketchup.com/course/context-modeling/importing-open-data-cadmapper and https://learn.sketchup.com/course/context-modeling/importing-open-data-placemaker