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Forum topic by Tootles posted 09-02-2011 04:07 PM 1271 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2011 04:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: convert jpg pdf print sketchup

I like diagrams. So with blogs and replies to forum questions, I sometimes like to draw a quick diagram in Google Sketchup. The trouble is that I need to get a file in jpg format in order to post it. Now I have installed on my computer (free) software that allows me to print to pdf format, but not to jpg format.

Up to now, I’ve obtained jpg files by physically printing the diagram and then scanning it as a jpg file. It’s long winded and wastes paper. But tonight I found a better way. I found a free website that converts pdf documents to jpg documents without having to install anything on my computer. And it works well.

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 04:13 PM

In SketchUp, Click “File > Export > 2D Graphic” and select .jpg as the export file type.

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 04:29 PM

Ah, there you go. Now I know the better way of doing it from Sketchup. Thank you.

Nevertheless, it’s still a useful little site for any other application. So that’s two good things that I’ve learned tonight.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 05:19 PM

Found this

Seems to work pretty well and it is free. Needs to also download Ghostscripts but they are safe

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 05:22 PM

Taking a screenshot works well too.

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 09:46 PM

Hi Tootles,

I use a FREE program called Irfanview, available at

It works with all sorts of graphic files, and allows files to be saved in different formats – it even permits the creation of transparent background gif files

It has a ‘Paint dialogue’ function under Edit which allows erasing/filling/cloning, etc. and even text additions to images

Unless I am playing with really clever stuff on photos, this little gem is the one I reach for.

. . . . . just noticed the entry about screenshots above – I ‘paste’ these into Irfanview, then use the Edit/Crop Selection to pick out the area of the screen I want by enclosing it in a rectangle, and then print just that. I’ve also noticed that when one uses the ‘Copy Image’ function on a web page, it is not always possible to paste the actual image into another program. However, if I paste it into Irfanview, and the copy it from there, it WILL paste in other progs.

I know you have now found the jpg output function in Sketchup, but you might find Irfanview very useful anyway.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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