"Importing and exporting in SketchUp Shop ”

Subhra Bera: Editor

SketchUp Shop is a free version of SketchUp Pro that has some basic useful tools just as the paid version SketchUp Pro has, SketchUp Shop has come with import and export option.

Aaron Dietzen this time comes with his new useful creation of importing and exporting via SketchUp Shop which is the newest thing for SketchUp users. This article will describe the whole process according to Aaron but first of all we are going to give some information about SketchUp Shop as it is not familiar to most of the users.

About Aaron Dietzen: Aaron Dietzen is mainly seen in various SketchUp Live or any of the Skill Builder videos or been on the SketchUp forum, that means Aaron is fond of SketchUp and serving as a SketchUp employee for two years with more than ten years in the software. He is more than just a simple Trimble employee; he is a true SketchUp fan. He spends his free time in designing things in SketchUp and loves adventurous works.

About SketchUp Shop: SketchUp Shop is an incredibly useful tool for the people who don’t want the total functionality or can’t afford the full version of SketchUp of SketchUp pro. So it comes with the basic toolset while a little different from the original in SketchUp Pro but it is pretty easy to control.

It is the similar web version of SketchUp what is used by the users regularly, if the users have an active subscription then they will be able to access to a couple of valuable new tools earlier only can be get in SketchUp Pro that is generally need to install on the system.

Things can get through SketchUp Shop:

  • Users can explore lots of ideas in 3D quickly and easily without having the full version of SketchUp Pro.
  • Users can create their project in 3D before their trip to the hardware store.
  • Moreover that, users can build awesome, realistic models and can share them with friends and project partners.
  • Before making the final project, users can have a blast designing and planning those projects as a review.

This is not the original process; users can have some works using SketchUp Shop but will face some problems while using the advanced tools as it will only work in the paid version. Like importing or exporting an image or file or printing a picture of the model in SketchUp Shop is not possible without the File menu and it is not there in SketchUp Shop; that’s why Aaron has come up with his video tutorial for the users. Here are the details of that video tutorial that will help to understand the process easily:

In the tutorial, Aaron has worked on importing an image at first in SketchUp through his one model; in SketchUp Shop there he goes to the ‘Folder’ icon and click the ‘Insert’ option from the drop-down menu. After clicking on the menu a pop-up will appear where users can insert a file through left-click and choose a file from computer or can import form that pop-up directly. In that pop-up, there is a Computer icon that allows importing file form computer; clicking on it on can choose any file which will later asks for two options wither to import it as an image or a material. By choosing the image option, the texture will appear as an image but can’t be applied on the model, but choosing material the texture will come as a material to be used in the model. After applying the material according to the model, users can put colors or modify the model as per their choice and then finally save the model.

For export, clicking on the same folder icon will give the option ‘Export’, here users can export the model in any version like .png or .jpg or any other but those can be only done in the paid version for free version, .png version is available. After clicking on the .png, a pop-up will appear and ask for the accurate size, by putting size the model will exported in that size; next it’s the time to print the model, by clicking on the File menu users will get the Print option. Clicking on it the print pop-up will appear, here the model will appear and can be sent to the printer directly.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth.

As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

Importing and exporting in SketchUp Shop