How Do You Add Layers in SketchUp?

Welcome to this tutorial on how to add layers in SketchUp! Layers are a powerful tool that can help you organize and manage your SketchUp models. In this article, we will explore how to create and manipulate layers in SketchUp using simple yet effective techniques.

Understanding Layers in SketchUp

Layers in SketchUp are similar to layers in other design software. They allow you to group related objects together and control their visibility or editability.

However, it’s important to note that layers in SketchUp do not affect the stacking order of objects. Instead, they act as a way to control the visibility of groups or components within your model.

Creating a New Layer

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

  1. Click on the “Window” menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Select “Layers” from the drop-down menu to open the Layers dialog box.
  3. In the Layers dialog box, click on the “+” button at the bottom-left corner to add a new layer.
  4. Type a name for your new layer and press Enter or click outside the text field. The new layer will appear in the list of layers.

Note: You can also right-click on an existing layer and choose “Duplicate” to create a copy of an already existing layer if you want similar properties for multiple layers.

Assigning Objects to Layers

Once you have created a layer, you can assign objects to it:

  1. Select the object or group of objects that you want to assign to a specific layer.
  2. In the “Entity Info” window (accessible from the “Window” menu), locate the “Layer” drop-down list.
  3. Click on the drop-down list and select the desired layer for your selected objects.

Note: You can assign multiple objects to a single layer or assign different objects to different layers, depending on your requirements.

Controlling Layer Visibility

Now that you have assigned objects to different layers, you can control their visibility:

  1. In the Layers dialog box, locate the eye icon next to each layer. Clicking on this icon toggles the visibility of that particular layer.
  2. If an eye icon is visible, it means that the layer is visible in your model. If an eye icon is not visible, it means that the layer is hidden and its contents will not be displayed.

Other Layer Operations

Besides creating and assigning objects to layers, SketchUp also offers additional operations for managing layers:

  • Lock Layer: Locking a layer prevents any accidental modifications to its contents. To lock a layer, click on the padlock icon next to the respective layer in the Layers dialog box.
  • Delete Layer: To delete a layer, select it from the Layers dialog box and click on the “-” button at the bottom-left corner of the dialog box. Be cautious while deleting layers as it will also delete any objects assigned to that particular layer.

Note: Deleting a layer does not delete any geometry; it only removes that particular organizational element within SketchUp.


You have learned how to add layers in SketchUp! By utilizing layers effectively, you can now organize your models, control visibility, and enhance your SketchUp workflow. Keep practicing and exploring different ways to utilize layers to create stunning 3D designs.

Happy SketchUp-ing!