Sketchup Scenes Tutorial

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In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to set up and use scenes in sketchup. You can use Sketchup scenes to create an animation, walkthrough, or even simply to speed up your workflow! To get started, open up a model you want to create scenes for. Ready? Let’s get started!

How to Create Sketchup Scenes

Opening the Default Tray. To open the default tray, navigate to “window” > “default tray” and select “show tray.” The tray will open on the right side of your screen. Use the triangular toggle button to close “styles” and open the “scenes” tab.

Sketchup scenes default tray

Add Scene. Click on the “+” below the scenes tab to add a scene. A window will pop up asking what you want to do with your style changes. Select “save as new style” and then click “create scene.”

When you create a scene, they will appear in the scene window and as tabs just above your modelling window. To change the name of a scene, simply type whatever name you want in the “name” box in the “scenes” tab. Underneath the “name” box you can select what properties to save. For now, keep all of the boxes checked.

Camera > Position camera. Next, you want to place a camera. Hover over “camera” and select “position camera.” Click in your model to place the camera. It will be positioned at eye level. An eye icon will appear and you can click and drag the icon to adjust the view.

Sketchup scenes position camera

Update Scene. Right click on your first scene in the default tray to update the scene. Leave all of the properties checked and click “update.”

Add Scene. Click on the “+” below the scenes tab to add another scene from your current view. This time select “walk” from the camera drop down menu. Use the walk tool to move inside your model until you find a view you want to use. You can change the eye height in the bottom right corner to lift or lower the camera.

Update Scene. When you find a view you are happy with, right click on the second scene in the default tray and select “update scene.” Double click on the first scene to return to it.

How to Create Working Sketchup Scenes

Working Scene. A working scene will give you a more generic scene that will allow you to continue working without all of the added detail that can slow down your work flow.

Default Style. Open the “styles” tab in the default tray. Select a default style by clicking on the “select” tab and choosing “default styles” from the dropdown menu. Default styles with a green stopwatch indicate that they are best for working because they load faster. Select the one that says “hidden line.”

Sketchup scenes default style

Update Scene. Once you select a default style, update your scene. In the “scenes tab,” uncheck all of the properties except for “style and fog” and “shadow settings.” Update the scene again.

You can access the working scene from any view. For example, double click on one of your Sketchup scenes and then select “working view.” This will change the current view you are in to have the same settings as the working view without taking you back to the original working view scene. You can now use this trick to speed up Sketchup and work at a faster pace from any view!

What scenes will you be creating next? Let us know below!


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  8. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

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

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  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

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  12. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  13. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

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  14. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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

    Great post!

  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 #


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


  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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