Evening All,

Hope everyone’s household is healthy and happy.

First Post Here!

Been using SketchUp Make 2017. Self taught. I am creating some woodworking plans and would like to print and assemble several dimensioned 2D views. In searching on the subject, it seems that exporting to LayOut is the best way to go. The biggest issue I am having is the background show up as an opaque color. I would like it to be transparent so I can place several views near each other without a background. In my search, I have found suggestions to check mark “transparency” in the Export>2D Graphic>Options>rendering dialog box. Unfortunately that option does no exist in SU Make 2017. Any suggestions on another way to “make” the transparency work? I would also like to import only the linework to LO, and not the SketchUp logo. Any ideas there? Note that this is for personal use only, not for any business purposes.

Thanks in advance for any help and insight you may be able to share.


First problem I see is you don’t have access to Layout as it is pro only.
I’m not sure about when it was introduced, may not be available in 2017, the 2d export options transparent background needs to be a .png, so check the options in the export dialog. Edit: Just checked and it is an option in 2017 make.

I would agree with this. I find SketchUp and LayOut ideal for creating plans for woodworking projects. As Box points out, though, as a SketchUp Make user, LayOut isn’t an option.

In LayOut you can turn off the background in SketchUp viewports so you can place viewports so they overlap without obscuring the model on the lower one. There are cases where stacked viewports are useful so of course you would want no background in those cases as well.

If you were using LayOut you wouldn’t need to export images from SketchUp.

Even though this is for personal use, the benefits of using LayOut for your projects could make SketchUp Pro and LayOut worth the cost.


The switch from .pdf to .pnd did the trick. The background is now white. Any way we can make it transparent? I do have 30 day access to Layout. After that I’ll have to come up with another idea to assemble the plans.

Thanks again for the quick and extremely accurate answer to my issue.


Are you sure it isn’t just white because the app you are viewing it in has a white interface.

You lost me on the “white interface”. This is what I am seeing (if you can see it):

I expected to be able to see the grid behind the linework.

Follow Dave’s advice, mine is for external images.

Did you go to the SketchUp Model panel and turn off Background under the Styles tab?

It would make more sense to insert your dimensions in LayOut instead of in SketchUp.


Thanks for all the help.


The >SketchUp>Sty;es tab is all grey’d out. I see “Background” is checked, but cannot change it.

You have to have the viewport selected to make any changes. Otherwise the settings in the SketchUp Model panel have nothing to do.

Guess I’ll ask a “not so smart” question. How do I select the viewport? I just imported the image that was exported from SU.

No change. Still grey’d. Maybe the render type, but not sure how to change that.

I think you need to make a decision on how you want to proceed, learning to use Layout is a great option but if you don’t plan on buying it it’s not the best use of time. Mind you if this is commercial work you need to be using Pro.
On the other hand you could be looking at exporting the images and compiling them in an image editor. Personally I would be going with Layout but if it’s just hobby stuff and you have access to suitable image editors…

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Did you send the SketchUp model to LayOut?

Box makes a good point. There’s little point in going further with LayOut if you aren’t going to use go with the pro license.


You hit it on the head. I do not want to waste any more of your or Dave’s time on questions related to Layout given I will only have it for 11 more days and will probably never purchase Pro (given I do not need any additional expenses to maintain my hobby). I will go the image editor route.

Thanks a lot to both of you for all the help.

Stay Healthy,


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Then the .png you exported should open in an image editor with a transparent background.

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