I don’t print much from SketchUp and it shows! I’m trying to print a very simple plan, but in Document Setup it keeps changing the Print Scale. I imported a pdf file and have drawn a plan over it and when I set the Print Scale (yes, I deselected “Fit View to Page”), it accepts it and then when I click OK and then go back into the menu, the settings have changed. To be specific, I’m trying to print a plan a 1/16 scale and I put 1" in the In Drawing box and 16" in the In Model box.
Any advice? Thanks!
What is the exact problem? Is it that the fields for paper size an model size are disabled?
If so, make sure you have parallel projection and view the model along one of the coordinate axes (top, front, left etc).
In perspective view there is no one scale as there is a perspective foreshortening. The latter is some arbitrary rule SketchUp decided to introduce, and I don’t think anyone knows why really. Mathematically you can have a defined scale regardless of camera orientation, but for some reason SketchUp doesn’t allow it.
When I write “Printing to scale in Layout” in the Layout Help Center page, I get a page called “Exporting or Printing Your LayOut Document” and under printing to scale, the only information (under 4. Printing your Document) is how to print as a % of 100%. I’m afraid this isn’t helpful.
Then you should be able to set the scale. I haven’t got a printer that handles A4 paper so I can’t select that size but when I set the scale to 1:16, it shows that it’ll require 240 letter size sheets.
I’m sending a screenshot of what I see in Print Preview. As you can see, there’s no option to choose the scale at this point.
The second screen shot is of the Document Setup menu. If I change it so it says 1" - In Drawing and 16" - In Model, and click OK, then when I open it again, it’s back to these numbers.
I’ve already written this twice. You need to resize the drawing window to fit the shape of the model. You clearly aren’t doing that.
Here’s a PDF created in LayOut. I set it up to print the model on two A4 sheets in Portrait orientation. The scale is set to 1/16" = 1’-0" That’s 1:192 not the 1:16 that you have been trying to use. Gregory House.pdf (547.4 KB)
The setup is easy enough. Send the file to LayOut. Select the A4 portrait paper template.
If you were printing this on a single sheet the setup would be quicker but either way, this is much more predictable than printing it in SketchUp.
I mean that you need to change the size of the SketchUp window on screen. Look at the first screen shot I posted in my reply after getting your model. The entire SketchUp screen, window, user interface was resized so that the drawing window is close to the same proportions as the model.