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Using SketchUp Data with Other Modeling Programs or Tools

When you want to use SketchUp with other modeling programs or tools, that typically means you need to either

  • Import a file from another program into SketchUp.
  • Export your SketchUp model into a file format that works with another program.

Tip: When this article refers to other modeling programs or tools, that means programs outside the SketchUp family of software and tools. If you want to create a presentation in LayOut, create your own styles in Style Builder, or share models on SketchUp Mobile Viewer or the 3D Warehouse, these programs and tools are designed to work directly with SketchUp. Each of the these applications has its own section in the Knowledge Center, which can help you get up to speed quickly and easily.

Here, you find subarticles about working with CAD files, different types of image files, and other file formats designed for sharing 3D modeling data between applications. To import or export some of these files, you need a SketchUp Pro license. The following table has a full list of the different types of files you can import into and export from SketchUp.

File Type File Extension(s) SketchUp Pro Only? Learn More Here
CAD files .dwg, .dxf only Importing and Exporting CAD Files and Starting with a CAD File in SketchUp
Image files* .jpg, .png, .tif, .bmp, .psd, .tga,
.pdf, .eps
Some file types are only Importing and Exporting Image Files
COLLADA files .dae Importing and Exporting COLLADA Files
3D Studio (3DS) files .3ds needed for export Importing and Exporting 3DS Files
Digital elevation models (DEM files) .dem, .ddf Importing DEM Files for Terrain
FBX files .fbx only Exporting FBX Files
Google Earth files .kmz Exporting KMZ Files for Google Earth
OBJ files .obj only Exporting OBJ Files
VRML files .wrl only Exporting VRML Files
XSI files .xsi only Exporting XSI files

Tip: If you export your SketchUp model to another file type and receive an error, the article Solving a Blank Dialog or SDK Error When Exporting may help you resolve the problem.

*Note: The Epix (*.epx) image file format was deprecated and removed from SketchUp Pro 2016.

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