How Do You Edit 3D Text in SketchUp?

SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows you to create stunning designs and visualizations. One of the key features of SketchUp is the ability to edit 3D text, which can add depth and dimension to your models. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can easily edit 3D text in SketchUp.

Creating 3D Text

To start, open SketchUp and select the “Text” tool from the toolbar. Click on the desired location in your model where you want to place the 3D text. A dialog box will appear, allowing you to specify the text content, font, size, and other parameters.

Pro Tip: Choose a font that complements your design and enhances readability.

Editing 3D Text

Once you have created the 3D text, it’s time to edit it. Select the “Select” tool from the toolbar and click on the 3D text object to activate it. You will notice that handles appear around the text, indicating that it is selected.

Moving and Rotating

To move or rotate the 3D text object, simply click and drag one of the handles. This allows you to reposition it or change its orientation according to your design requirements.


  • Hold Shift: While dragging a handle, holding down Shift will constrain movement along one axis.
  • Rotate About Center: To rotate around the center of the object, click on one of the corner handles while holding down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac).


If you want to resize your 3D text object, select it using the “Select” tool and click on one of the corner handles. Drag the handle towards the center to make the text smaller or away from the center to make it larger. Holding down Shift while scaling ensures proportional resizing.

Applying Materials

To enhance your 3D text, you can apply materials to its faces. Select the “Paint Bucket” tool from the toolbar and choose a material from the library or create a custom one. Click on a face of the 3D text to apply the selected material.

Pro Tip: Experiment with different materials to achieve desired effects like metallic, glass, or wood finishes.

Grouping and Components

If you want to keep your 3D text organized and easily editable, consider grouping it or creating it as a component. To group, select all the elements of your 3D text by dragging a selection box around them using the “Select” tool. Right-click and choose “Group” from the context menu.


  • Edit Group/Component: Double-click on a grouped or componentized 3D text object to enter its editing mode.
  • Copies: If you make multiple copies of a grouped or componentized 3D text object, any changes made to one instance will automatically apply to all others.


If you encounter any issues while editing 3D text in SketchUp, here are some common troubleshooting tips:

  • Selectability: Ensure that your 3D text object is not locked or hidden by checking its properties in the Entity Info dialog.
  • Snapping: Disable snapping (hold down Shift) if it interferes with precise movement or rotation of your 3D text.
  • Undo: If you make a mistake, use the “Undo” command (Ctrl + Z) to revert the changes.

With these tips and techniques, you can now confidently edit 3D text in SketchUp. Remember to experiment and unleash your creativity to create captivating designs that stand out!