Printing the ground plane

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SketchUp appears to display both a ground color (grey) and sky color (blue) by default. But, what you are actually seeing is a blue sky on top of a grey background color (the ground color is actually not enabled by default). The result is that when you print your model you get a sky color and no ground color (white) because the background color does not print. To enable a ground color so that it will appear in your printouts:

  1. Select Window > Styles. The Styles dialog box appears.
  2. Click on the Edit tab. The Edit options appear.
  3. click on the Background Settings button (the third cube from the left). The Background Settings panel is displayed.
  4. Click the Ground checkbox. The ground color (identified by the color swatch to the right of the checkbox), is displayed.
  5. (optional) Click on the color swatch next to the Ground checkbox. The Choose Color (Microsoft Windows) or the Colors dialog box (Mac OS X) dialog box appears. Refer to the Choose Color Dialog Box (Microsoft Windows) or Color Pickers (Mac OS X)for further information.
Note: Fast Feedback is an OpenGL driver acceleration method that SketchUp uses to display the model in real time as you orbit, zoom, and pan a model. You might have "Fast Feedback issues," such as not seeing edges of a rectangle as you draw, if you turn the ground plane on for a complex model. To turn off fast feedback:
  1. Select Window > Preferences (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Preferences (Mac OS X). The Preferences dialog box appears.
  2. Click on the OpenGL option on the left-hand side.
  3. Click on Use fast feedback to disable (if it is already checked) fast feedback. SketchUp might appear slower, but Fast Feedback issues should subside.