It is possible to display text on your floor plan within SketchUp using the LayOut tool. This feature allows you to not only define page titles, but also annotations. You can also set the dimensions for these text items using the LayOut feature. This video tutorial teaches you how to Create text and dimensions in LayOut with SketchUp for Interior Design.
While you can print directly in SketchUp, you may want to look at some other options. SketchUp provides text and dimensioning tools that can be used in a 3D environment. But they can look a lot different if you start to orbit the model. If you want text and dimension to display in a floor plan, you might also want as well a title block. And one of the ways that you can work with this is to use SketchUp's layout tools. It's a pretty nice tool, and as you can see here, we're showing basically a page that's already set up.
Let's take a look at how to insert a SketchUp model on the layout. You do that, by first of all, coming up to the File > Insert. When you pick Insert find 0106 Layout and click Open. Now, what happens here basically is that on the layout a hole has been cut in the piece of paper. And what you're looking at is the SketchUp model inside the hall. That's basically what's going on. If I click out, you'll notice that the view port kind of disappears and the model basically is set at a default size.
By going ahead and clicking again on the inside near the model, the view port will reappear. You can also come over here to any portion of the view port and then right click on it in order to change the scale. Right here on the right-click menu, you see Scale. I'm going to come in and pick one-quarter inch. And it will go ahead and basically come up at that quarter-inch. Now I was a little bit off on the cropping, so we're going to take these arrows that you see here and we're going to kind of crop the view port so we can see basically the model.
Once I have that in play, I can click out and then click again, and be able to move the model around just by picking up some of the geometry and moving it into place. So now it's a little bit more centered. I click back out and I'm ready now to go ahead and add in some other operations. So, now that we've got the layout centered the other thing that you should be aware of is that the model is still active, and if you make changes to the model, it will also appear here in LayOut with those changes.
Now how do I know that? Well, if I come up here to File > Document Set Up. And then look under References. You'll notice here that there is a file called 106 layout skip that's been attached. When I click on it you'll notice here that there's a number of buttons down here. You can update the model if you've gone ahead and made changes in SketchUp. You can also unlink it, so you can keep basically what's in the layout going and you can also purge it as well.
So basically there is a handshake link between your SketchUp model and the layout that you have here. Once you have that completed, you might want to start thinking about putting in some text and dimensioning. Let's play with text first. Pick up text, and I'm going to kind of zoom in. And I'm going to draw basically a box. And in that box, I can go ahead and type in text. So in this case, I'm going to type in retail stacks. And I'll come over here and then click on Select.
And there it is. Now if I want to make changes to this, I can come over here to the panels where you have other options. Notice that there's a panel called Text Style. If I click on it, you have available here to you all the editing tools that you need in order to change. Basically what you see here. Additionally you have the ability of changing the size of the omni box for it. You can also go ahead and rotate the text and you can also go ahead and move the text around to any other location that you may want it to be in.
Let's took at creating a label. I'm going to zoom in here. A label is kind of similar to text, but it might be a good idea to use it on smart objects like components. If I click on this window and then pull out, it recognizes that it's a window. Same thing will happen with the door. If I click on the door, it will bring it down and let me know that that's called a door 36. Let's take a look at how to do dimensions. With dimensioning, you pick it, there's a little bit of a list here for linear and angular, but we're going to use linear.
I'm going to pick basically the outside here. And notice that it's actually creating a modeled size dimension. We'll go more on the other side and do the same thing over here. And then hit Select. Now if I select the dimension, there's two. If you look at the panel, there's a whole bunch of options for changing how you want to display your dimension style. You can change the precision for 164th to one inch. You can track different types, as far as engineering or fractional.
And you have the ability of setting up different arrows and slashes and things of that nature. The dimension itself also has the ability of being able to be moved back and forth. And it does have some smarts where you can actually go ahead and move it. However, the problem is that if you do that, in a lot of cases it will wind up being in paper and not in model size. So you have to go back and delete it and then bring it back in, like this. Once you have your dimension and everything set up, you can also go ahead and do printing.
To print, just go up to the file pull-down, and you'll notice here that there's what's called Export. Also you have Print Setup and Print Preview and Print. So you can actually go ahead and print out a hard copy if you need to. If you go to Export, you can also go ahead and do PDFs. I'm going to click on PDF. We're going to send it off to our exercise files here just the way you see it and I'll hit Save. When you do that, you're going to get an export options dialogue box where you can send the file to a different location.
You can also indicate if you want all the pages or just one page. What the quality is, what the layers are, and also finish. Go ahead and click Export. And in this case since it already exists, we'll just hit Overwrite. And there's our cover page, there is our layout showing the SketchUp model. So you can print your 2D floor plan using the SketchUp program or you can use the printing interface within the layout program.
There are some limitations within SketchUp when it comes to annotations, especially if you start moving the model around. If you use the layout program, you'll probably want a title block, and there's lot more flexibility when it comes to text and dimension styles.
- Drawing 2D floor plans in SketchUp
- Selecting the right template and tools
- Creating components
- Cleaning up walls and creating door and window openings
- Using x-ray views when adding doors and windows
- Using layers to manage your views effectively
- Capturing materials to use in your design
- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image