Need more resolution when I export to pdf


Hi, When I export a pdf document from Layout, I use High output quality, but it is not enough, the lines in the pdf document are very thick. How can I set the resolution??


Hi Julio-

The “high” output quality should be giving you 300dpi, except in certain situations where there isn’t enough memory to generate the images needed. What paper size are you exporting to? Could you attach an example of what you mean when you say that the lines are very thick?



Hi Marc.

I am attaching a PDF in high resolution output and a jpg whit 300 dpi for you can see the diference between them. Thanks for your time.

Dormitorio principal.pdf (1.1 MB)


I don’t think that DPI is your issue here. Can you get the effect you want by adjusting the line weight of your SketchUp model in the “SketchUp Model” inspector? Also, are you vector, hybrid, or raster rendering this model viewport?



The “Output quality” setting only affects raster output. You seem to have used Vector or Hybrid rendering, which renders your lines as vector lines that use the exact line thickness you have specified in the SketchUp model tray. To get thinner lines you should change the lineweight.



Hi Marc, thanks for your time.
I used vector rendering for these document.
I dont think what the solution is in the “SketchUp Model” inspector, because when I export the same model to image, the jpg is very good.


Hi Anssi

In these case, why when I export the same document to jpg whit 300 dpi the result is better???
Thanks for your answer


Unbelieve! LayOut don’t use vectorial graphics to generate design!!! is only a fast and poor render… 300DPI is a joke to print in large pages. Maybe Google need to understand this to the future. Layout is only to noobie work, no professional by now. You can try making the design in a A0 format and then print this in A3 (in example)… if you need print this in A0 papper, I wish you luck!!!.


Of course it does, and the vectors can be exported quite OK to vector formats, PDF or DWG. To get vector graphics out of SketchUp model views, they must be set to use Vector (or Hybrid, if you want vector lines on a raster background).

300 DPI is the practical maximum resolution when printing colour images to paper with 600…1200 DPI printers, because they have to use dithering for hues (except dye-sublimation printers but their native resolution is, too, 300 DPI). For lineart-type things printed in only one printer colour you can use vectors.



300 DPI is to close to design in other way. Only scale a little and the graphic is pixelated and unprofessional results. The way to fix this problem is export to PNG format with a maximum of 9999 pixels in some dimension. Then, as I do, import in Illustrator or AutoCAD to finalice the project. They should revisit this issue in future releases and make a seamless workflow for the user. I have a expensive PostScript Level 3 color printer and this is a loss of money.
Sorry, english is not my language.


And you think it will help SketchUp if Goggle understand this?


Yes… of course… why not?


Google sold SU to Trimble during v8 cycle…

Trimble have made many advances since taking over ownership…



HO… Ok… is true… sorry for the confusion.


So, why don’t you export as PDF (to Illustrator) or DWG (to AutoCad) to get vector graphics? Naturally raster images (PNG or JPG) do not support vectors.



This is the problem. In PDF format the design is previously render and not export vectors. In DWG, the strokes are not good. Try it.


If you have vectors on your LayOut page, LayOut will export vectors to DWG and PDF. Naturally I have tested this. See attached PDF and screenshots. The design is deliberately ugly, made just to illustrate. I forgot to not use image compression so the shadows (that are raster) have JPG artifacts.
The whole view, the PDF is A4 size

Zoomed in to the area in the red circle (about 1500%):

The PDF file:dystopia.pdf (298.5 KB)

To get your SketchUp views to export with vector lines, you must set them to use Vector or Hybrid rendering in the SketchUp Model tray.