Trying to create 2D Interior Elevation after making a 3D model

Hi there,

Fairly new to SketchUp and after following an online tutorial to create a 3D model I would like to make 2D elevations, which is a little backwards I’m sure but here we are, lol. I’m a little more familiar with Revit, and I am looking for something like the elevation tool where you simply draw an elevation line in the floorplan, then can click into elevation view and automatically have a 2D drawing. Is this something that can only be done in LayOut? I thought I could work with the section tool and save the Scene in SU, but if I move or delete the section cut, the Scene changes too.

Elsewhere you can find a thread where changes in 2022 have taken away a favorite tool of many for making interior elevations without making a section cut, so if you really are on 2021, you can still use that method (using the Position Camera tool), but if you’re now on 2022, that won’t work anymore. Without it you have to place section planes, and save that active section plane with the scene for that elevation, don’t move it around. You can end up with a lot of section planes, which is why people liked the Position Camera tool method.

Using section planes is the standard method. But there are other ways. For example, if your room has four walls, you could make a Group of each wall, use standard side and end views, and hide the wall that would be in the way.

Your profile says you are using 2021, and if you are you can use the existing method with the Position Camera tool. To do that, try these steps:

  1. In perspective, orbit to get a clear view of where you want the elevation view to be seen from.
  2. Choose the Position Camera tool, and click, then drag, from the point on the ground you want to view from, and drag in the direction you want to look. Similar to how you might have drawn an elevation line.
  3. Change the camera to Parallel Projection.
  4. Use only the Pan and Zoom tools to center and scale the elevation.

You could start with Parallel Projection and not have to do step 3. An advantage of being in Perspective is that it would be easier to get the camera to a place where you can clearly see the ground where you want to view from.

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Hi all, thanks so much for your input. I was able to make the camera position tool method work. Thank you!