SketchUp Text Tool:Text entities

Text entities

Text entities allow you to annotate your SketchUp model in several ways. There are two types of Text entities: Leader text, which has leader lines and can be attached to a face, or Screen text, which remains fixed to a point on your screen.

Text entities can have their own font, color, and size settings. Use the Text tool to place text objects in your model.

Text leaders

Text objects can have one of four leader arrow styles: None, Dot, Closed arrow, and Open arrow. This can be changed using the context menu or its Entity Info dialog box.

Text leaders are tied to the model, so as you rotate the model, the text information continues to be valid. As you move and adjust surfaces, the notes attached to those surfaces adjust with them. Once a leader arrow is obscured the text will be hidden.

All text interacts with the model in three dimensions, but there are two ways for it to look on the screen. Thus, there are two main styles of leaders: View Based and Pushpin. A View Based leader will always retain its 2D screen orientation. A Pushpin leader is aligned in 3D space, and rotates with your model as you change your view.

View Based

2D view based leaders do not change as the model view is changed. There appearance remains the same based on the screen layout and viewing direction present when they were placed. As you rotate the model, the actual text tries to stay oriented on the screen the same way, and the entire entity will follow whatever it is attached to. When the leader arrow becomes obscured, the whole text entity disappears. This method works well for presentation of still images from a particular vantage point.


3D pushpin leaders do change appearance as your view changes because they are drawn in 3D space just like model geometry. As you rotate the model, the leader foreshortens, rotates and hides just like any edge geometry. 3D text can be repositioned in 3D space just like any other edge entity. This method works well for planning studies and models that will be examined using fly-bys.