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Hello. I’m fairly new to SketchUp, but enjoying the flexibility it allows in modelling and setting out. I had a query about the later actually. My industry is furniture design, and we are trying to use Layout to its best.

Not sure if I can ask here, but 2 things I could do with looking at: Different Page Orientations in the same document in Layout; Saving text/dim settings into a Template. They save into a document, but not a template.

Thank you.

Continuing: Different Page Orientation

Take a look at this site: http://www.creationengine.com/html/p.lasso?p=19797
They are a licensed reseller of SketchUp Pro and provide teacher license for a year for $0. All you have to do is prove you work for a school and they will send you activation code and serial number within a day. I had to do it because the license referenced above was only for 2017 and I couldn’t load files that were done in a newer version. Hope this helps.


Bom dia a todos. Estou com probelmas para salvar o meu trabalho no meu computador. Uso a versão make 2016. Alguém pode me ajudar a continuar meus trabalhos estando off-line em alguma versão free do sketchup?


Who are you? (show us those pearly whites :smiley: — to start, just one photo if you please )
Mike Slifer

What is your industry and profession?
Starting a woodworking business

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
Professionally. My intent is to use Sketchup to create detailed plans for my woodworking projects.

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? (Besides using it to impress the babes/bros…)
See above.

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?

What is your current set up? [Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.] (Your lake house and Ferrari don’t count)
Samsung Chronos laptop, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce, Windows 7

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
Not yet.

Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)

What is your favorite Emoji?
Don’t use them.

Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…?
Doesn’t everybody?


Deedubyyj - retired ATC
Undocumented engineer.
Designer of tortilla production systems.
Have used Sketchup for years for sending models to our sheet metal fabricators.


Hello everyone.
I’m a comic drawer and illustrator.
I use Sketchup to build parts of my decors. I build them on the computer, print them and draw them in my story. It’s really practical. (not to mention great fun)
The great thing about using SU is for me, that when I’ve created something, say a castle, I can draw it from the back, from the front… inside and outside, because it’s not just in my head anymore, but in my computer: I can have my characters walk around it and enter or leave at wish, and I don’t have to draw it out of my head each time. This way the castle or whatever it is can be a real character itself, and play a more important role in my story.
Although I’ve only used SU Free up till now, I think I’ve gotten quite good at it, though there’s always room for more learning.
I’ve used the free version of SU 8 up till now: I haven’t been able to afford a real Pro version.
I specialize in historic comics, so I can tell you guys it is actually possible to draw historically correct architecture from ages ago in Sketchup, and it’s not even hard. You have to know what the houses looked like, of course…

**Who are you?** Gabriele, from Italy. Recent graduate in Mathematics
**What is your industry and profession?** Analyst in a company working in the building energy efficiency sector
**Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?** Professionally
**Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?** (Besides using it to impress the babes/bros…) **How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?** I use it for work since few days, so it is totally new to me.
**Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?** Never heard
**What is your current set up? [Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.] (Your lake house and Ferrari don’t count)** Windows 10, Sketch Up Pro 2018
**Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?** Not yet :slight_smile: 
**Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)** I am currently studying the Euclid/OpenStudio plug-in...Hope it is the right forum for getting info.
**What is your favorite Emoji?** :smirk:
**Do you enjoy long walks on the beach...?** I have grown up in a sea town ... I love spending time at the beach!


My name is Karl.

I teach middle school and currently my gig is teaching an engineering class where my students build paper structures then submit them to destructive testing.

I have dabbled with Sketchup for several years, but recently began using it more seriously to design a folding camper that I am prototyping. I hope to create an animated model of my folding camper, but I am finding the learning curve daunting.

I have watched several of the very well-produced videos from Sketchup. I continue to battle the constant internal mental fight between wanting to sit through tutorials vs. getting on with applying the skills.

I have not gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp.

I am running 2018 on a Windows 10 machine with an ADM Radeon 5450 graphics card.


I’m a registered architect who has used Sketchup since one of its first versions, back when At Last? owned it. Anyway, it was way before Google bought it. I bought a Pro version for my personal use. My company didn’t have enough vision to recognize SU’s potential. Later they invested heavily in Revit while I continued to work in SU, AutoCad and reluctantly Revit. I’m mostly retired now but still do some consulting and use SU more than ever.


Hi there,

I’m new! I found Sketchup (free version) as I’m an illustrator and I think it will be useful to map out compositions, shadows and perspective when I create scenes with buildings! I started using it today, and I’ve already found it really useful! Is there a dedicated area of the forum for the free version - a lot of the answers to the questions I’ve been googling don’t apply to the free version so far!

Forum for SketchUp Free

Welcome Kid,
I use Sketchup as a tool. Pencil, Pens, Markers, and Watercolor are other tools I use for graphic visualization. I’m not a professional illustrator but like to hand sketch a lot. Besides hundreds of very good Sketchup tutorials you have probably already found on internet, I can recommend these websites.

I like loose quick sketches for my work. I have always been a fan of Mike Lin. He and his son do workshops but he has a number of Utube videos on the web too. If you visit his website he has some good examples of sketches where he has used Sketchup as an underlay.

There are quite a few architectural illustrators who use Sketchup exclusively as a base for their drawings. There are many other good examples if you Google Architectural visualization. Even if you don’t do architectural illustrations that is where I would look for good Sketchup examples.


What is your industry and profession? I am freeland Designer

Where do you use SketchUp? at my home, my officice

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? it’s seem easy to learn

How proficient are you in SketchUp? i’m learning how to use it

Do you have a 3DW page with your models, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? i’m newbie
What is your favorite Emoji? kissing face
Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…? i’m living at hightland


I am Mikel and have been a software developer for over 30 years. I am simi retired and am interested in Sketchup to help me design a residence using 5 40’ shipping containers. I have in the past been very active in recreation downhill skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and motorcycle riding. Skiing and scuba were given up from getting too old. Skiing given up because of being too expensive. The motorcycle riding is what is left which I still do a lot.


Sounds cool, Ross! Do you have a portfolio where you showcase your characters?


Who are you? I’m shy. But you can see my Avatar! :grinning:
What is your industry and profession? I’m a designer and I help inventors design their compelling identities.
Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally? Both-ish
Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? Just started using to help a client. Oy, now I sound like a junkie! :stuck_out_tongue: That didn’t take long!
How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner!
Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp? I haven’t. But it looks like a blast!
What is your current set up? [Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.] MAC Desktop, Free version to start
Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? Yah, actually, I have 2 of my clients.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I love cats, jazz, steampunk, and beer. I also geek out with inventors. I get so excited seeing new ideas. So, you may see me asking several dozen questions about your new product and what future you see with it. I nerd out like that.
What is your favorite Emoji? The cat of course! :heart_eyes_cat:
Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…? Yes. I also love taking my new electric bike down to our new backyard that happens to be a gorgeous beach in Seattle.

PS. My name is Lisa. I wish I could change that in my profile.


Oh, hello lady BYOSMB.:raising_hand_man:
Yeah, I have a series of drawings sitting on my drive, you can have a look, if you’re interested: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9AzYu_Ng3mLTnNSbV9ONURLMjQ?usp=sharing
and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b4t5r95Vq-dyIEoKv0-ZJ3ofEqILH1fN/view?usp=sharing
(if you look, you’ll notice I have something of a cat thing myself) :cat:
Those drawings aren’t done with the help of Sketchup: they’re illustrations and storyboards for comics. I do them the old-fashioned way, with pens and brushes and black ink on paper.
But in order to deliver an entire comic to a publisher, I need the help of as many digital graphic tools I can manage to pay and handle, both to draw the decors (those aren’t that difficult in illustrations, and completely unnecessary in storyboards,) and also to color the finished drawings and write the text in the balloons. :left_speech_bubble::right_anger_bubble:
I was in art school in times when there weren’t any computers yet, so I have an advantage and a disadvantage over younger colleagues, who manage Photoshop and Krita and Illustrator and Corel Draw and all those things easily, but often don’t know how to handle a drawing pen and Chinese ink if it saved their life, let alone a Chinese bamboo brush…:paintbrush:
In an old tutorial video I found somewhere, I discovered that the the old Google Sketchup Free had the ‘sunlight’ feature, that the new free one does not have anymore. I suppose you have to buy the Pro package for that now, too bad. I don’t have enough money to buy it. It would be neat to be able to see where the light comes from, in one’s drawing. It sucks to be poor sometimes :disappointed:
Now, I am retired from work, and I have time to make a comic on my own, and Sketchup is a great help, although you can’t use it straight away in your drawings, because in spite of all the rendering it still is never going to look like a real drawing. But that’s no problem if you can draw: you can always put the Sketchup buildings on the light box under your drawing sheet and trace them over, so the perspective looks correct, and on the computer you can turn your building around and print it out in all sorts of angles, so as to allow your characters to come in and out from the front door or the back door, from the windows of the first floor or from the chimney if they need to; the building always stays the same, you don’t have to create it over and over a dozen times. That is so much fun!
It would be a lot better if I could afford a Pro, but I can’t. I have to make do with the free version and what it offers. Still, it’s a great thing if you compare it to what we had to do a few decades ago, when all this didn’t exist!
The coloring is still a problem, though. I should try and find a younger artist to help me with that, but I don’t know where to look. It should be someone who has talent, energy and a fair bit of free time, because a comic is a lot of work; and also, someone who would do it as an experience, not so much as an expected immediate way of making money…, One is never sure if one is going to find a publisher for a story one makes, and also, whether one is going to make any money out of it. If I can’t even afford to buy a Pro Sketchup version, I certainly couldn’t afford to pay wages to a professional colorist… Still, after having practised a lot and having become very good at it, being a colorist can make you a good living, so it would be quite useful nonetheless to whoever would want to try.
So, if you would happen to know such a person, I’d be grateful if you gave me their coordinates!


Turn on shadows.
Web version, right side of screen Display Icon
Desktop version, default tray/ shadows.

I’d also recommend that you start a new more relevant thread as this is a specific simple introduction thread.
Or send a PM (private message) to @BYOSMB directly.
I’m not convinced yet that they aren’t here just to promote their business.


“Default tray”, where is that? I can’t find it in Sketchup 8.
Point me in the right direction, please?

On second thought, don’t bother: I’ve found it! It’s in the “View”! Yay! :star_struck:
Thanks anyway!

I guess not.
Sorry, it sort of sounded like that.

Shadow dialog version 8

I am a pensioned mechanical engineer who like to help family and neighbour with small projects.
Some projects need to be drawn to find the right solution :slight_smile:


Hi Ross! Your drawings are quite good! A good place to find color help would be platforms like:

Dribbble https://dribbble.com/
DeviantArt https://www.deviantart.com/

Set up your free account and start connecting w/other artists.

I learned ‘on the board’ too, as an illustrator and graphic designer.

Cheers, Lisa