SketchUp Pro for magazine publication


Hi purchased SketchUp Pro for a Handyman magazine I am editor of. After months of trial and error and help from the book, ‘Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers’ by Timothy S Killen I am able to use the program fairly well.
I have one problem though, the 2D image exports are not high enough resolution for print publication, unless I use the images really small. I see several magazines such as Popular Woodworking use SketchUp so it should be possible. I use PC with Windows 7. Is there anyone who can guide me through the process please? Thank you for a wonderful product.



Did you try to change the export options? (The settings will influence the line width of the exported image too! see this example from Dave)

Because you have the PRO version, you should have a look at Layout for this task too…


Hi Cotty,
Thank you, it worked and a 400KB image is now almost 10MB. I cant believe I overlooked that for so long. Thanks for being a great help!



disabling the ‘anti-alias’ option does allow bigger sizes too… and a better anti-aliasing can be done with an external image editor anyhow.



I second Cotty’s suggestion to use LayOut. It allows you to render SketchUp files as vector drawings, and to adjust the resolution. This produces PDF or JPG files that are perfectly suited for publication.



SketchUp 2015 (MS Windows editions,) adds a “Transparent Background” option to the png and tif options dialog.


Not to start a religious debate… but for what it is worth that’s been in the Mac version since at least version 6 :slight_smile: Just sayin’ is all… in case a Mac user were to see that and wonder what is new about it.


OK edited previous post.


Ha! :smile:
I think OS worship is pretty much a Mac thing.
Using Windows is kinda like an enduring marital love-hate relationship.
The uncertainties of change and expense temper the occasional urge to leave.


I was a Mac-lover for years, despite the problems I used to have with their hardware. Then they brought out OS X and all my hardware and software went obsolete in one go, and I couldn’t afford the upgrade cost.