Seeking tutor or better tutorial than youtube videos


Welcome FauxDesigner.

What you’ve got there is an image imported to sketchup. These can’t be altered or dimensioned as you’d like to be able to within the program. However, you can scale the imported image by selecting the image in question and dragging the top right corner so that one of the walls you know the dimension of matches what you have in real life.

From there you can trace around the floor plan to create your wall, push/pull them up and then add in details.

It is all quite overwhelming to begin with but fairly easy to get to grips with. But take heed of SU moderators suggestion of following SKetchUp School’s tutorials and start from the very beginning. It is easier than it appears and you’ll be modelling your house in no time.


Import your image as image not to use as a texture.

Draw a line over the image along a wall whose size you know.

Use the Tape Measure tool to measure the length of that line.

Without doing anything else, type the length ‘in real life’ of that wall.

You will be prompted ‘Do you want to scale the whole model’ (or words to that effect). Answer ‘Yes’ and the model including the image will rescale so that wall is exactly the size you specified.

See for more detail.


That came through ok, and the tape measure trick to resize it worked fine. Can you list the steps you use to try to resize it, that does not show the resize model dialog?

What Scooter says would work, but the tape measure approach would make the image the right size without having to think about the scale to use.


Did not know this trick.

Thanks @john_mcclenahan


Thank you Scooter. I had some good tutorial videos I (thought) I’d saved from months ago, but can’t seem to find them now. I think I’m going to close this thread down and go back to the beginning and start all over again. Thanks for taking the time to read/help!


No problem.

Stick with it and there’s plenty of help here when you need it.


This is where you should start:


This is the best tutorial that I have come across. It is a bit old, but still usefull for learning how to use SketchUp.


Thank you masondesign and skyzzx. All help and insights are appreciated. I’ve had guest the past two days and wish they would leave so I can get back to this!! :upside_down_face:


Well, in this case only, I hope your guests are not SketchUp fans YET.:grinning:

My earlier post neglected to mention the Harwood Podcasts. This series of tutorials is also very good.


AWESOME. Thank you. If I’d only joined this forum last winter I’d know this program by now!!!


A bunch of tutorials:


I’m feeling some sympathy for you FauxDesigner, as I seem to have come from a similar place. God knows when I started drawing it was on paper.
My advice to you is to take your time and do lots of practice exercises. The reason you are not progressing at the the rate you expect is not because you are dump, but because 3D drawing is very difficult and sometimes downright weird. I’ve had three separate attempts at learning Sketchup and even now I would only describe my self as consciously incompetent.
Learn the basic and stick to them and you will be pleased with the result eventually.


If the Tape Measure Tool is in the wrong mode, the resizing won’t work. Tap the Ctrl key (PC) to make sure the little right pointing arrow below the tape icon (at your cursor) is off. If it’s on, it will only draw a guide line.


I’m not sure if I should start a new thread or not, but for now I guess I’ll just ask my question here. I think I’m making some progress, but for some reason I don’t feel like my outer wall looks correct. Can one of you SKUP Guru’s look at it for me before I move on? Thank you.

I can’t upload it. It says my file is too large. :frowning:


Then upload it to the 3D warehouse, or a file sharing site like Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive, and post a link here.


That will take me another year to learn how to do. :blush: Thanx John. I guess I’ll just keep plugging away until I accomplish something or give up again. :wink:


It’s not difficult. Register on the 3D warehouse, or open a Dropbox account (both are free).

Do you have Skype? If so, you could share your screen and I could have a look directly.


If you make a copy of the file, delete everything in the copy that isn’t to do with the problem, then go to Window/Model Info Statistics tab, click the Purge Unused. Also doing a Save As to an older version of SketchUp would help reduce the file size.

With those things you should be able to get the file small enough to add to your reply.


SKUP_Test1.skp (2.8 MB)

I think that may have worked Colin!