What kinds of files can I import into SketchUp?

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You can import several types of 2D and 3D files via File > Import.

  • 2D images:
    • JPEG image (.jpg)
    • Portable Network Graphics (.png)
    • Tagged Image File (.tif)
    • Targa File (*.tga)
    • Windows Bitmap (.bmp)
    • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • 3D models and information:
    • SketchUp (.skp).
    • Google Earth terrain.
      Note: You can get the current image-in black and white snapshot-of the terrain image currently displayed in Google Earth by clicking the Get Current View button. Two versions of the terrain image are imported: 2D and 3D, and you can toggle between them by clicking the Toggle Terrain button. The terrain images are for reference only, and are not included when you place your model in Google Earth. The image includes a reference to the latitude and longitude of the location in Google Earth, so it can be used for shadow studies, as well. Google Earth doesn't export its own 3D buildings (the buildings that are displayed when you select the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth). That information is licensed and can't be redistributed, so you can't import those buildings into SketchUp.
    • 3DS (.3ds).
      Note: If you want a 3DS import to include textures, before the import you must save the texture files in the same folder as the 3ds file itself.
    • ACAD (.dwg, .dxf) - This is a Pro only feature.
    • IFC Files (*.ifc, *.ifcZIP) - This is a Pro 2015 only feature.
    • DEM (.dem, .ddf)

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