How Do I Manage Layers in SketchUp?

Managing layers in SketchUp is an essential skill for organizing your model and enhancing your workflow. Layers allow you to control the visibility and organization of different elements within your design. In this tutorial, we will explore how to effectively manage layers in SketchUp.

Understanding Layers

Layers in SketchUp are similar to transparent sheets that you can overlay on top of each other. Each layer can contain different entities, such as edges, faces, groups, or components. By assigning entities to specific layers, you can control their visibility and easily toggle them on or off.

Creating Layers

To create a new layer in SketchUp, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Window” menu at the top of the SketchUp interface.
  2. Select “Layers” from the drop-down menu.
  3. A “Layers” dialog box will appear.
  4. Click on the “+” button at the bottom of the dialog box to create a new layer.
  5. Name your new layer appropriately.

Note: It’s important to give your layers descriptive names so that they are easily recognizable when working on complex models.

Assigning Entities to Layers

Once you’ve created your layers, you can assign entities to them. To do this:

  1. Select the entities that you want to assign to a specific layer.
  2. Right-click on the selection and choose “Entity Info” from the context menu.
  3. In the “Entity Info” dialog box, locate the “Layer” section.
  4. Select the desired layer from the drop-down list.


  • You can assign multiple entities to a layer by selecting them simultaneously.
  • Entities assigned to the same layer will share the same visibility status.

Managing Layer Visibility

To control the visibility of layers in SketchUp, follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Layers” dialog box by clicking on the “Window” menu and selecting “Layers”.
  2. In the dialog box, you’ll see a list of all your layers.
  3. To toggle the visibility of a layer, click on the eye icon next to its name.
  4. If an eye icon is visible, it means that the layer is visible. If it’s crossed out, the layer is hidden.


  • You can also toggle layer visibility directly from the main toolbar by selecting “View” > “Toolbars” > “Layers”.
  • Use shortcut keys (Ctrl+L on Windows or Command+L on Mac) to quickly access and toggle layers.

Organizing Layers

Keeping your layers organized is crucial for maintaining a clean model. Here are some tips for organizing your layers effectively:

  • Group related entities together on separate layers.
  • Create sublayers within your layers hierarchy for further organization.
  • Use descriptive names for your layers and sublayers to easily identify their contents.


  • You can rearrange the order of layers by dragging and dropping them in the Layers dialog box.
    You can also nest sublayers under parent layers by dragging them slightly to the right in the Layers dialog box.


In this tutorial, we’ve explored how to effectively manage layers in SketchUp. By understanding the concept of layers and employing proper organization techniques, you can enhance your workflow and easily control the visibility of different elements within your models. Remember to assign entities to specific layers, toggle layer visibility as needed, and keep your layers well-organized for a more efficient modeling experience.