How to Stop Clipping in Sketchup

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If you’ve ever had problems with clipping in Sketchup, this tutorial will give you an easy fix to this pesky problem. Not familiar with clipping? It’s essentially when certain parts of your Sketchup model get cut off and don’t show up in your view. It almost appears as if you are looking at a section, even if you don’t have any section cuts turned on. Clipping is a common problem when orbiting a 3D model, and it can really interfere with your workflow! Thankfully there is a simple solution for anyone, no matter your skill level. Follow the steps below to avoid clipping your views in Sketchup. Let’s get started!

If you have a model open and you notice parts of it are getting cut off, you can use one of the three following methods to fix it!

Method 1: Clipping in Sketchup Between Perspective and Projection

The first method is by adjusting the camera view. You can do this by clicking on the “camera” tab on the top menu. If you’re new to Sketchup, this can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the different “camera” options and how to navigate your view. Check out this article if you want more details on getting started with Sketchup!

Camera > Perspective. In the top menu bar, navigate to “camera.” From this tab, you can select what view you want or access tools like “orbit,” “pan,” and “zoom.” To change how you view your 3D model, select “perspective” from the dropdown menu. From this view, you should have a corrected perspective that clearly shows everything in your model.

corrected clipping in Sketchup

Camera > Parallel Projection. The clipping in Sketchup may have something to do with the parallel projection settings. If you want to return to a “parallel projection” view after changing the camera settings, you can always select it again. Your view should return to normal after selecting “perspective.” Just navigate to “camera” and select “parallel projection” from the dropdown menu. Now you should have a complete view with no clipping!

clipping in Sketchup parallel projection

Method 2: Zoom Extents

If you’re clipping into something, you’re likely too close to it, pressing zoom extents will pull back your camera an allow you to see everything.

Method 3: Adjust FOV

The FOV, or field of view, can be changed once the zoom tool has been selected. You’ll see a field in the bottom right-hand corner. Play around with increasing or decreasing this number to see if it fixes your clipping.

The next time you come across any clipping in Sketchup, just remember these simple steps and you can easily fix the problem! Have you ever experienced clipping before? What other problems have you come across while working in Sketchup? Let us know in the comments, we would love to help out!

final model with corrected clipping in Skeetchup

If you’re looking for more helpful tips and tricks for Sketchup, check out our tutorials page here. You can be sure to find something for every skill level from beginner to advanced! Or, take a look at some of our related articles below:

Getting Started with Sketchup for Beginners

Sketchup Scenes Tutorial

Sketchup File Size: The Impact of Groups and Components

How to Install Sketchup Plugins & Extensions and Increase Your Productivity

We hope this tutorial was helpful! Be sure to check back often for more new tips and tutorials. We add new articles every week and are always looking for new tips and tricks to share.

Happy Hacking!

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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