Newbie can't print

Just converted to Pro 2023 from Free. Can’t print to fill the page of 9x12x 3/4" component with dimensions. The full model is only 9x12" x 8" woodworking project with dimensions. I hid everything but this component. the image is so small on the page I can’t read the dimensions.

The file print dialog doesn’t let me get into the scale section to enlarge.

I ran Sketchup checkup and everything passed. Drivers are upto date on my Brother Laser printer. Running Windows 10.

I didn’t have problems when I previously used Free to print.

Share your SketchUp file so we can see your setup. I’m sure it’s a simple enough problem to sort out.

Doees your printer handle paper large enough?

Since you’re using SketchUp Pro the easiest thing to do would be to send your SketchUp model file to LayOut using the appropriate paper size for the project. Then export a PDF and print that. You’ll also get a better quality printout that way.

Hi Dave

How to share the file?

I’m just trying to print various sections of the model to sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 for visual reference and documentation in the workshop.

I’ve never used LayOut before.

Drag the SketchUp file into a reply here. If it’s too large to upload directly, upload it to DropBox or Google Drive and share the link.

Are you trying to print to scale?

Ok - trying to find the file now. Using search in windows explorer. Isn’t where I thought it’d be.

Not trying to print to scale. Just to get it on one sheet of paper.

Try doing File>Save as… and look to see where you’ve saved the file.


tenon jig.skp (143.1 KB)

Zoom in to make the model fill the model window. In File>Print Setup change the paper orientation to Landscape.

In the Print or Print Preview untick the box for Use Model Extents.

You should get something like this:

I changed the style to get rid of the sky color and the watermark. No point printing that stuff.

You’ll probably need to change the locations of some of the text. If you were going to learn to use LayOut you could add the text there instead of in the SketchUp model. You’d have better control over where it is and how it looks. There are instructional materials available for LayOut if you want.

Wow Dave, You are fast. I sure appreciate the very quick and detailed response.

Much better. This is embarassing. I apparently loaded an older model. I see the model I’m actually working on is located in a temporary folder. I’ve now saved it on my PC in a logical place and reloaded here. I’ve hidden everthing but the one component I’m now trying to print with dimensions. Using your above instructions I now get this component to nearly fill the page. BUT no dimensions are printing on it.

I don’t expect you to jump on this again after such a great dive into what I already sent. But if you get a chance see if you can figure out why the dimensions arent’ printing. I’ve got to run out and won’t be back for hours so no hurry.

Again much much thanks.

tenon jig.skp (163.5 KB)

With your new file now, make the SketchUp model window narrower. Closer to the aspect ratio of the paper. Then in Print Setup, choose Portrait and all should go well.

FWIW, I did a quickie with your other model in LO.
Tenon jig.pdf (11.2 KB)

FWIW, make sure you are using tags correctly. All edges and faces should be created and remain untagged.
Screenshot - 2_25_2023 , 3_08_14 PM

wow - that was super fast. Thank you Dave. Had to chuckle because it took me a while to figure out what
“make the SketchUp model window narrower.” meant. But finally figured that out.

Worked like a charm. Thanks.

And geesh - seeing your “quickie” layout made me realize I better learn that too. Way cool.



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Blockquote FWIW, make sure you are using tags correctly. All edges and faces should be created and remain untagged.<

I sure don’t know what that means. I thought tagging was just the new name for layers. Used so one could hide or unhide layer(s).

Yes, tags used to be called Layers. As was the “rule” with layers in the older versions of SketchUp, tags are to be given to objects (groups and components) while the geometry inside those objects remains untagged.

So…if I understand correctly, you’re saying tags should only be applied to groups or components and NOT the individual geometry within. Is that right? If so, should I go into each component and remove tags from the pieces within?

Yes. That’s correct. And yes. You can go into each component and make the geometry Untagged. i used a plugin to do that in your file but there’s not that much there so it should be easy enough to open each component with a triple click of the Select Tool and then untag the geometry in the Entity Info window.

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Thanks Dave

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