Issue 1. My Elevations and scenes are not in the center of Sketchup. I create scenes early in the design phase as per the tutorial. How do I center my scenes quickly so my elevation and section look right inside of Sketchup and Layout?
Quick Overview: A scene is like a viewport in CAD or Layout. You can change what you want to show, how it looks, and where it is positioned in Sketchup. It includes shadow locations.
1. To manually center your model, scene by scene, you can click Zoom extents inside Sketchup (The keyboard shortcut is SHIFT-S)
2. Right-click on the scene you want to update and select update. Remember to save Sketchup your model: CTRL S
3. You can update scenes one by one, and you can also you can change the styles, including line weight profile, line extensions, and even the color of your lines under Styles inside Sketchup.
Issue 2. I like my floor plans to be in black and White, yet I like my elevations and sections to be in color; how do I do this?
1. Use the automatic scene generator
2. Choose the "Scene/View set" drop-down, and depending on what you are drawing, you can choose multiple options (if you are unsure, select "All" and delete any scenes you don't want by right-clicking>Delete
It is good to leave framing scenes there as they help you align your walls
3. You will notice your elevations are now color, and your plans are black and white. You can change your plans to color if you choose to turn color by layer off.
TIP: If you notice a heap of black faces in your model, this is due to you having geometry drawn that is untagged (On layer 0 in previous versions of Sketchup). It is a good thing to remind you to keep your geometry organized. If I am in a hurry, I would go to Tags (layers) then click on the color swatch next to the tag, and edit the opacity to a light grey.
1. Go to Tags
2. Click on the black square next to the "Untagged" Tag
3. Change the Opacity
4. Click OK
5. Save your Sketchup Model
Issue 3. Changing scale when creating my construction documents in Layout. I need my site plans at a different scale to my elevations, and in some cases, I need a custom scale when doing larger acreage properties.
You can change any viewport scale inside Layout, or do it before exporting from Sketchup using the "2D construction Doc export Tool" inside PlusArchitect or PlusDesignBuild.
Issue 4. Can I send my model to clients to view with them having Sketchup? I don't want clients to be able to use the model or make changes.
Yes, PlusArchitect and PlusDesignBuild have a 3D model exporter that enables you to send a file to your customer or upload a file to Google Drive, One Drive, or similar. The client can open the file in most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Microsoft Edge. Later, model smartphones with sufficient RAM EG Samsung Galaxy S21 and iPhones can also open these files.