In This Chapter
Discovering LayOut’s purpose
Figuring out the tools and panels
Building a simple presentation document from scratch
Printing and exporting your work
People who design things in 3D have to present their ideas to other people, and most of the time they have to present in a 2D format. Creating these presentations almost always involves the use of layout or illustration software like InDesign or Illustrator — great programs but expensive and tricky to figure out, especially if you’re not a graphic designer. If you’re lucky enough to have the Pro version of SketchUp, you have access to a separate piece of software — LayOut.
LayOut enables you to create documents for presenting your 3D SketchUp models, both on paper and onscreen. LayOut was designed to be easy to use, quick to learn, and tightly integrated with SketchUp. The people who built it want you to use LayOut to create all your design presentations; here are examples of what you can make: