Optimizing SketchUp performance. RENDERINGS 01

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the optimal hardware for SketchUp performance, and in Part 2 I discussed some user interface options you can set to speed things up. In this post, I’ll discuss the modeling process that will allow you to keep performance at its peak, for any size model. Specifically: Using components and […]

Optimizing SketchUp Performance: Part 2 - Settings

Part 1 of this three-part series focused on the hardware you need to maximize SketchUp performance. In this part, I’ll discuss how to adjust SketchUp settings for the most efficient performance. Here’s what I’ll cover: Edge Styles Shadows OpenGL Outliner   Edge Styles These are the easiest setting to change, and can have a significant impact on performance. […]


This is the first in a three-part series, based on my 12 years of using SketchUp. It’s my answer to the one question I constantly see online and hear in classes: HOW DO I MAKE SKETCHUP RUN FASTER?   In  this part (as you might have guessed from the post title), I discuss the best hardware for running […]

SketchUp's Quick Reference Card

If you’re just starting out using SketchUp, you ought to print yourself a copy of SketchUp’s Quick Reference Card (QRC) and tack it somewhere above your computer. There are separate QRC versions: one for PC and one for Mac. And even if you’re an old hand at SketchUp, check out the QRC anyway. You’ll probably learn some […]

SketchUp Myths image 2

OK, maybe “love” is a strong word. And after using SketchUp for so long, I sometimes (rarely) experience equal parts of hate. But… So I remember being 10 years old (don’t ask when that was), trying to use an Apple 2e computer to create 3D environments. In school I was obsessed with drawing perspectives and […]