How Do I Print to Scale in SketchUp Layout?

If you’re a SketchUp user, you may have encountered the need to print your design to scale in SketchUp Layout. Printing to scale is crucial when you want to accurately represent your design on paper or share it with others. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of printing to scale in SketchUp Layout.

Step 1: Set up your SketchUp model

The first step is to set up and prepare your SketchUp model for printing in Layout. Ensure that your model is fully complete and ready for presentation. Make sure all necessary scenes are created and saved in SketchUp.

Step 2: Open SketchUp Layout

Once your model is ready, open SketchUp Layout by clicking on “File” in the top menu bar, then select “Send to LayOut.” This will automatically launch LayOut with your SketchUp model imported.

Step 3: Create a new document

In LayOut, click on “File” and select “New” to create a new document. Choose the paper size and orientation that suits your needs. You can also specify the number of pages if required.

Step 4: Insert a viewport

To insert a viewport of your SketchUp model into the document, go to “File,” click on “Insert,” and select “SketchUp Model.” A dialog box will appear where you can choose the desired scene from your SketchUp model.

Select the scene and click “Insert. “


  • Tip: You can resize and position the viewport as needed by clicking and dragging its edges or corners.
  • Note: If changes are made to the original SketchUp model, right-click on the viewport in LayOut and select “Update Reference” to update the changes in LayOut.

Step 5: Set the scale

With the viewport selected, navigate to the “SketchUp Model” panel on the right-hand side. Here, you can set the desired scale for your printout. You can choose from preset scales or enter a custom scale value.


  • Pro Tip: The scale can be adjusted individually for each axis (X, Y, and Z) if required.
  • Warning: Ensure that you choose a scale that fits your paper size and design requirements to avoid any scaling issues in the final printout.

Step 6: Adjust other settings

In addition to setting the scale, you may need to adjust other settings such as line weights, line colors, shadows, and more. These settings can be found in the “SketchUp Model” panel as well as other panels like “Styles,” “Dimensions,” and “Text.” Take some time to explore these options and customize them according to your preferences and requirements.

Step 7: Add annotations and dimensions

LayOut offers a range of annotation tools that you can use to add labels, text boxes, dimensions, and other graphic elements to your printout. These tools can be found in the toolbar at the top of the window. Use these tools strategically to enhance your design presentation and provide necessary information.


  • Pro Tip: Use different layers for annotations and dimensions to keep them organized and easily editable.
  • Note: You can also customize the formatting of text elements using the options in the “Text” panel.

Step 8: Preview and print

Once you have set up your document, viewport, scale, and annotations, it’s time to preview and print your design. To preview how your design will look when printed, click on “File” and select “Print.” Adjust any print settings as required and click “Print” to proceed with printing.


  • Pro Tip: Use the “Print Preview” option to ensure that everything is correctly positioned and fits within the printable area.
  • Note: You can also save your document as a PDF file by selecting “Save As PDF” instead of printing it directly.

Congratulations! You have successfully printed your SketchUp design to scale in LayOut. Now you can share or present your design with confidence, knowing that it accurately represents your vision.

Final Thoughts

Printing to scale in SketchUp Layout is an essential skill for architects, designers, and anyone working with detailed designs. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can ensure that your designs are accurately represented on paper.

Remember to experiment with different settings and tools in LayOut to customize your printouts according to your specific needs. Happy printing!