SketchUp is one of the most versatile, user-friendly software. With a particularly good entry-level cost with the PRO version, the most used by professionals, for only €300 a year on a subscription basis.
With this software, you can do everything from the 3D modeling of your garden project to the 2D plans for planting, construction details, lighting, and irrigation. This SketchUp version comes with Layout, the sister software that helps you put together your project presentation for digital use or for printing.
If you have an iPad you can easily access to your planting plan or the main project when you are on site. If you want to try and see how the planting plans work in SketchUp I invite you to purchase my workshop below for 50% off with the coupon code workshop50off, use the code on checkout.
So here are my five reasons why this software is such an amazing investment of your time if you are a garden designer or a landscape architect:
1st Easy of use
Really easy to start with, but that doesn’t mean that it a weak software, you can add amazing extensions to it to help you in your modeling skils especially when it comes to terrain modeling or other specific tools.
2nd Import/export CAD files
You can easily import cad files into SketchUp. You can import files with the extensions; SKP, PNG, JPG, DWG, DXF, DAE, KMZ, 3DS, DEM, DDF, IFC, IFCZIP, BMP, PSD, TIF, TGA, PDF (Mac Only). You can export the following files; SKP, PNG, STL, DWG, DXF, DAE, KMZ, 3DS, FBX, XSI, OBJ, VRML, IFC, WRL, TIF, EPS, PDF (Mac Only ). In Layout, you can export PDF in PC as well.
3rd 3D Warehouse
You have access to the amazing 3D warehouse where you going to find that 3d plant you looking for or a piece of furniture to illustrate your garden project.
4th Extension warehouse
Like the 3D warehouse, the extension warehouse is where you can find a specific tool to make your modeling easier, some of these tools are paid ones but are really worth it because they can save you a lot of time or make your projects look much better.
5th Upload your project for Lumion or Twinmotion
Once you are ready to take the next step you can easily upload your SketchUp model in a program like Lumion or Twinmotion where you can create more realistic renderings for your project.
More about the SketchUp software plans: https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing/compare