Importing and Exporting Image Files | SketchUp Knowledge Base

In SketchUp, images can help your model come to life on-screen. You can import images to create custom textures that you apply to faces in your 3D model. And you can export images to share a model with friends, clients, or colleagues or perhaps in an online portfolio of your work. Most of the details about importing images is covered in Creating a 3D Model, but this article outlines all the ways you import images and directs you to the pertinent details. You can work with images in an array of file formats. In the following table, you find an overview of the raster versus vector images that SketchUp supports. Later in this article, you find a more detailed explanation of the differences between raster and vector files and tips for when to choose among the possible file types. Last but not least, you find detailed steps that walk you through the process and options for exporting raster and vector images in SketchUp or SketchUp Pro. In SketchUp, you can import images in a few different ways, depending on how you want to use them in your model. Check the following articles for details: In SketchUp, you can import and export raster image files. In SketchUp Pro, you can also export vector images. If you’re unfamiliar with the differences among image formats and the image file formats that SketchUp supports, this section introduces you to the basics. SketchUp supports several different raster image formats, each of which has its own advantages. Here’s a quick overview of the raster file formats that work with SketchUp: When you export an image in JPEG format, you have the following options, as shown in the following figure: When you export a file as a BMP, you can adjust the image size and turn off anti-aliasing. The options work just like the Image Size and Anti-alias options for JPEG files. In SketchUp Pro, you can export your models as 2D vector drawings in either PDF or EPS format. However, a few model features or details may be lost or change in the export process: When you select PDF or EPS as the format for your exported 2D graphic, you have the following options in the Hidden Line Options dialog box that appears: When you select PDF or EPS as the format for your exported 2D graphic, you have the following options in the Export Options dialog box that appears: Source.


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