How Do I Make Text 2d in SketchUp?

Have you ever wondered how to make text 2D in SketchUp? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, I’ll show you step-by-step how to achieve this effect.

Step 1: Open SketchUp and create a new project. You can do this by clicking on “File” in the top menu bar and selecting “New”.

Step 2: Once your project is open, select the “Text” tool from the toolbar on the left-hand side of your screen. It looks like a capital letter ‘A’.

Step 3: Click anywhere on your project where you want to add text. A text box will appear where you can type in your desired text.

Note: When creating 2D text in SketchUp, it’s important to keep in mind that SketchUp is primarily a 3D modeling software. Therefore, the resulting text will appear flat but still retain its position within the 3D space.

Step 4: After typing in your desired text, click outside the text box or press Enter to finalize it.

Step 5: Now that you have added your text, it’s time to make it 2D. To do this, right-click on the text and select “Explode” from the context menu that appears.

Note: The “Explode” function separates individual entities within a group or component so they can be edited individually. In our case, it will convert the 3D text into separate flat faces.

Step 6: After exploding the text, you will notice that each letter has become a separate face. To ensure they are completely flattened into a single plane, select all of them by dragging a selection box around them or by using the “Select” tool from the toolbar.

Step 7: With the letters selected, right-click and choose “Intersect Faces” > “With Selection”. This will trim any overlapping faces and merge them into a single flat surface.

Step 8: Congratulations! Your text is now 2D in SketchUp. You can further modify it by applying textures, colors, or even extruding it to create depth if desired.

  • Tips:
  • If you want to edit the text after making it 2D, you can use the “Explode” function again to separate the individual letters.
  • To resize or move the text, use the “Move” and “Scale” tools from the toolbar.


Making text 2D in SketchUp is a simple process that involves using the “Text”, “Explode”, and “Intersect Faces” functions. By following these steps, you can easily create flat text within your 3D projects.

Remember to experiment with different styles and effects to achieve your desired result. Happy modeling!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to make text 2D in SketchUp. With practice, you’ll be able to incorporate this technique into your projects seamlessly. Keep exploring and pushing your creative boundaries!