How Do I Save a PDF in SketchUp to Scale?

Are you looking to save a PDF in SketchUp to scale? This tutorial will guide you through the process, step by step.

Whether you need to send your design plans to a client or print them for reference, saving a PDF to scale is essential for accurate representation. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prepare Your SketchUp Model

Before saving your model as a PDF, ensure that it is properly set up and scaled within SketchUp. Use the following steps to prepare your model:

  • Step 1.1: Set Up the Drawing Area: Open SketchUp and go to “View” in the menu bar. Select “Toolbars” and make sure “Large Tool Set” is checked. This will enable all the necessary tools for this tutorial.
  • Step 1.2: Scale Your Model: With your model open, navigate to “Window” in the menu bar and select “Model Info”. In the pop-up window, click on “Units”.

    Here, you can set the appropriate units of measurement and precision for your project.3: Adjust Camera Settings: To ensure your model appears correctly when saved as a PDF, adjust your camera settings. Click on the “Camera” tab in the menu bar and select “Parallel Projection”. This will provide a flat representation of your model.

Step 2: Export Your Model as a PDF

Now that your model is ready, it’s time to export it as a PDF with proper scaling:

  • Step 2.1: Navigate to File > Export > 2D Graphic: Go to the “File” menu and select “Export”. From the drop-down menu, choose “2D Graphic”.
  • Step 2.2: Adjust Export Settings: In the export options window, you can customize how your PDF will look. Make sure to select the appropriate paper size and set the scale to “1:1” for accurate representation.3: Save Your PDF: Choose a location on your computer to save the PDF file, give it a name, and click “Save”.

Step 3: Verify Scaling in Adobe Acrobat Reader

After exporting your model as a PDF, it’s crucial to verify that the scaling is correct. Follow these steps using Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  • Step 3.1: Open Your PDF: Locate your saved PDF file and double-click on it to open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Step 3.2: Check Scaling: With your PDF open, navigate to “View” in the menu bar and select “Page Display”. From the drop-down menu, choose “Actual Size”.

    This will display the PDF at a 1:1 scale.3: Measure Objects: To ensure accuracy, use the measuring tools in Adobe Acrobat Reader to measure objects within your model. This will help confirm that the scaling is correct.


You have successfully saved a PDF in SketchUp to scale. Now you can easily share or print your design plans without worrying about inaccurate representations.

Remember to follow these steps whenever you need to save future models as scaled PDFs. Happy designing!