Changing component thumbnail

Creating a component creates a thumbnail image of the component in the Component browser. This image is based on the view of the component unless the component has a gluing plane. The following rules apply for components that have gluing planes:

  • Thumbnails for components whose gluing plane is vertical, such as windows and doors, is of a front view of the component.
  • Thumbnails for components whose gluing plane is horizontal,any, or sloped, is a top-down view of the component (which is appropriate for a rug component, but not for a lamp, vehicle, or person, for example).

You must save the individual component to a file to change its thumbnail. To change the component thumbnail:

  1. Context-click on the component. The component's context menu appears.
  2. Select the Save As menu item. The Save As dialog box appears.
  3. Navigate to the components directory. The components directory on Microsoft Windows is: C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp #\Components. The components directory on Mac OS X is: Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp #/Components.
  4. Type a file name in the 'File name' field.
  5. Click the Save button. The component is saved in the specified directory.
  6. (Microsoft Windows) Select Window > Model Info. The Model Info dialog box appears.
  7. (Microsoft Windows) Select the File item from the left-hand side of the dialog box. The File panel is displayed.
  8. (Microsoft Windows) Check the 'Redefine thumbnail on save' checkbox. This option ensures your thumbnail will be saved based on current view.
  9. Open the component file. The component appears in the drawing area.
  10. Use the camera tools to find a view of the component acceptable for a thumbnail.
  11. Save the component file.