SketchUp: Shop Drawings & Layout

Brian Benham
In this course, we will focus on learning the ins and outs of Layout to take our SketchUp models and turn them into presentations to present our work to clients and create shop drawings for us to use in the shop to build our projects.  Layout comes with your SketchUp Pro subscription.  If you are unfamiliar with Layout, you can think of it as a tool to Layout something like a magazine.  It will allow you to organize your drawings and add titles, pictures, annotations, and other descriptive text.  Then, export it as a PDF.
For this course, is that you have a basic understanding of how to use SketchUp and be able to draw a basic piece of furniture.  If you need help with learning the basics, we have an Intro to Sketchup Course you might want to check out first. You will also need a copy of SketchUp Pro to take advantage of all this course has to offer.
  • 20 lessons
  • 276 min
  • $99.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Sketchup & Layout Course – Shop Drawings and Client Presentations

    This course will cover how to make shop drawings and client presentations using SketchUp and Layout, which comes with your SketchUp Pro Subscription.

  2. Sketchup – Tool Bars And Extensions

    How to customize toolbars and add extensions in SketchUp Pro using the extention manager

  3. How to Change Global Preferences In Sketchup Pro

    How to change global preferences in SketchUp Pro to improve workflow and some creature comforts. 

  4. Customizing Trays in Sketchup

    Customizing trays in SketchUp Pro keeps tools you use often right at hand. We also talk about how to save components to the favorites menu.

  5. Custom Scenes and Styles in SketchUp Pro

    How to set up scenes and tags in SketchUp Pro so they auto-populate our Layout file. How to Create Custom Styles in SketchUp Pro

  6. Model Info Menu In SketchUp Pro

    Use the Model info menu to set your units of measure and how dimension are displayed. Text size and fonts

  7. Controling Sketchup Tags

    How to set and control tags with scenes in SketchUp Pro. Tags control what is shown in each scene.  You can have multiple tags saved to the same scene and use the same tag in different scenes. 

  8. How To Save Your Sketchup Template

    How to make a SketchUp Template and make it your defualt template.

  9. Intro Into Layout – Customize Your Toolbar

    The magic of Layout is that the viewports stay tied to your SketchUp model, so if you make changes in SketchUp, it will automatically update in your layout file. 

  10. How To Create A Title Block In Layout

    We will use the 2d drawing tools in layout to create a title block for your template, and import images

  11. Text Boxes in Layout

    Text boxes work much the same as you would expect, as if you were using a word processor, with a few differences. In this video we will go over those differences

  12. Auto Text In Layout

    Auto text is convenient as it allows you to set pre-programmed places in the document where you want the same text to show up.  For example, you may want your client’s name on the cover page, in the title block, and under the signature line.

  13. How to Control Viewports in Layout

    The magic of viewports in Layout is that they stay connected to your SketchUp model, so if you make a change in your model, that change will update throughout the layout file, no more exporting screenshots and swapping images out to update your PDF.  It is all updated through the embedded viewport on that page.

  14. Dimension Tools In Layout

    The dimension tools in Layout work similarly to those in SketchUp but have a few more advanced features and one drawback.  

  15. Scrapbook with Auto Text

    The coolest thing in the scrapbook is the auto-text enable features.  This feature allows you to add pre-drawn assets to your drawing and automatically display the scale of the drawing or the scene’s name as you saved it in SketchUp. 

  16. Saving our Layout File as a Template

    Now that we have done all the groundwork and pre-populated our test file, it is time to save it as a template so we can use it in our next project to create our shop drawings or client presentations.  Before saving it as our template, we want to ensure everything is dialed in.

  17. Creating Proposals in Layout

    How to export our sketchup file to layout to create our shop drawing and client presentations

  18. How to Create Shop Drawings In Layout

    We focus on creating our shop drawing in SketchUp using scenes and tag, then exporting them into Layout to create a PDF to print for the shop

  19. How to Create a Cut List In SketchUp

    How to Create a Cut List In SketchUp using an extention that will also create a materials list and plywood cut diagram.

  20. How to Print Scaled Templates From Layout

    I demonstrate how to use Layout to make a print-to-scale template from your SketchUp Model


What Will I Receive?

  • Twenty detailed instructional videos
  • Access to the instructor for questions and clarifications.
  • All videos are digital and will be available for download upon purchase.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to set up creature comforts in SketchUp Pro
    • Customize toolbars
    • Customize global settings
    • Customize tool trays
    • Customize styles 
    • Saved Favorites Components workflow
  • How to create scenes with tags in Sketchup
  • Create a SketchUp Template for use with Layout
  • Create a Layout Template to use to create shop Drawings and client presentations
  • Learn Layout Drawing tools to create a title block
  • How to control Layers in Layout
  • How to control viewports to keep your SketchUp Model updated to Layout
  • How to set up auto text and the scrapbook function in Layout
  • Set a scale to your viewport drawings in Layout
  • Create annotations and dimensioning in Layout
  • Importing reference photos into Layout and how to crop/create clipping masks
  • How to use a Cut List extension to create cultists that can be imported into your layout file.
  • Cut list video includes
    • Customizing the cut list to your needs
    • exporting with rough material sizes
    • exporting with finished material sizes
    • exporting with how many board feet you need
    • Auto-create a plywood cut diagram
  • Creating print-to-scale templates in Layout

What Will I Need?

  • SketchUp Pro Subscription 2023 or later (Layout Comes with your Pro Subscription)
    • Will NOT work with the free web version or the Web-based Sketchup Go
    • Win NOT work with Make 2017 version
  • A PC or Mac with a 3-button mouse. (Trackpads are not ideal.)

About Your Instructor:

Brian began his career in the trades when he was 13; he took an entry-level position working in a steel fabrication shop for a bridge construction company.  Being the kid in the shop, the old grizzled welders took pride in teaching him how to weld, set up his work area to be safe and productive, build jigs for production, and how to properly lay out a workpiece from shop drawings.

In his mid 20’s, he worked as a project manager for a design remodel company designing and remodeling spaces for commercial and residential clients. The company had an in-house cabinet shop so they could design and build from the ground up anything they needed for a project. When Brian wasn’t on a job site, you could find him in the cabinet shop, working alongside a shop master, creating custom cabinets and built-ins.

All these years of designing and building things honed his skills to give him the confidence he needed to start his own business.  In 2010 Brian started his design-build firm, Benham Design Concepts, specializing in designing and building custom furniture. His drive to learn new things has helped his portfolio grow and attract clients who are looking for the unusual.

Brian has been making plans for the Wood Whisperer and the Wood Whisperer Guild for several years now and often provides consultation on TWW and Guild designs.

His Instagram and Youtube handle is @benham_design