Setting your field of view

May 21, 2008 Aidan Chopra

Ever been inside your SketchUp model and wished you could see a wider-angle view? All you have to do is set your field of view (FOV):

  1. Select the Zoom tool by pressing Z on your keyboard.
  2. Type in an angle (in degrees) that represents how wide you'd like your view to be, and press Enter — this is your field of view. For a 45 degree FOV, you'd type 45deg. The larger the angle, the more you'll be able to see. SketchUp's default FOV is 35 degrees, but 60 degrees is much handier for interior views.

For a basic illustration of this concept, have a look at this SketchUp model in the 3D Warehouse.

If you're into photography, you might like to know that you can also express your FOV as a focal length, in mm. For example, you'd enter a 28mm focal length by typing 28mm (instead of deg after the number). Keep in mind that smaller numbers (like 18mm) yield wider fields of view, while larger numbers (like 300mm) result in very narrow ones.

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Aidan Chopra

Aidan was a beloved member of the SketchUp team for 10 years. He birthed this blog, taught countless SketchUp classes, authored the SketchUp For Dummies book, and is a jolly fellow indeed. If you'd like to learn a little more about Aidan and his new endeavor, check out Bitsbox.

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