How Do I Convert SketchUp to 2D?

Converting a SketchUp model to 2D is a useful technique that allows you to create detailed 2D plans, elevations, or sections from your 3D model. Whether you need to share your design with clients, collaborate with colleagues, or create construction documents, the process of converting SketchUp to 2D can help streamline your workflow.

Method 1: Exporting as an Image

If you want a quick and easy way to convert your SketchUp model to 2D, exporting it as an image is a great option. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open your SketchUp model.
  2. Step 2: Navigate to the desired view that you want to convert into a 2D image. You can use the Orbit tool or Zoom tool to adjust your view.
  3. Step 3: Go to “File” in the top menu and select “Export” > “2D Graphic”.
  4. Step 4: Choose your preferred image format (e.g., PNG or JPEG) and specify the destination folder.
  5. Step 5: Click on “Export” and save the image file.

This method allows you to capture a snapshot of your SketchUp model in its current state, preserving all the details and colors. However, keep in mind that it will not retain any measurements or scale information.


  • To enhance the visual quality, adjust the image size and resolution before exporting. You can find these options under “Options” while exporting as an image.
  • Consider using a transparent background if you want to overlay the exported 2D image onto other design software or documents. You can choose this option in the export settings.

Method 2: Creating 2D Plans in LayOut

If you require more control over your 2D output, SketchUp’s companion software, LayOut, is an excellent tool for creating detailed 2D plans, elevations, and sections. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Step 1: Open your SketchUp model.
  2. Step 2: Navigate to the desired view that you want to use as a base for your 2D plan.
  3. Step 3: Go to “File” and select “Send to LayOut”. This will open your SketchUp model in LayOut.
  4. Step 4: In LayOut, choose the desired template or create a new one.
  5. Step 5: Use the tools provided by LayOut to add dimensions, annotations, and other necessary details to create your desired 2D plan.

LayOut offers precise control over scaling, measurements, and annotations. It also allows you to easily update your 2D plans whenever changes are made in the original SketchUp model.

  • To maintain consistency, consider creating templates in LayOut with predefined title blocks and styles for various types of drawings (e., floor plans, elevations).
  • Add labels and callouts to provide context and clarify specific features or elements of your 2D plan.
  • Group related entities in LayOut to keep your 2D plan organized and easily modifiable.

Converting SketchUp models to 2D allows you to communicate your design intentions effectively. Whether you prefer exporting as images or using LayOut for more advanced control, these methods will help you create clear and visually engaging 2D representations of your 3D models.