3D Viewing Controls
– This option gives you a palette of tools to help you rotate, move and stretch your design which can enhance the look of your conservatory on a house photo. It also gives you a tool for changing the view type (eg. CAD/outlined or line/string views) and a slider to change the perspective of the design.
– This will show some key statistics that you may need to know about the current design (eg. Int/Ext floor area, Roof glazing area, etc) and allows you to set some relating parameters (eg. Brick heights/widths, number of bricks/pallet, etc).
Full Screen – This option will expand the 3D and side menu to full screen which is handy for presenting to a customer. This can be combined with the rotate option to give a showroom video effect. To exit from full screen mode, press the Esc key.
Windows and Doors
The features in this section allow you to modify the look of the drawing. The diagram above gives a basic breakdown of what the features in the section do, but below there are more detailed explanations.
– Frame Design allows you to change the top of the frame to include a transom or opener (or both) and the bottom to a full height frame or infill panel.
– The Leading option shows a drop-down list of bars. You can determine where in the frames leading will be added by selecting one or all of the tick boxes: Top lights, Lower Panes, Doors.
– Reshape gives you the option to quickly alter the roof design, e.g. from an Edwardian to a Lean-to.
– Open/close shows the windows, doors, or screens as…well…open or closed.The only further explanation that can be offered is you can adjust them manually by selecting Windows → Manual Opening.
The Brickwork section allows you to change the brickwork and internal wall texture images. You can choose images to resemble the customer’s house. This will open up a separate window where you select change to open the library of images.
**NOTE: The Planning option opens the House Designer which is available as an additional feature.
The options in this section allows you to import photos of a house and a garden. You can then place your design onto the photo to give a realistic view of how the project will look.
Photo – This allows you to add a house photo, garden photo or none.
Change – Allows you to change the current photo for another.
Remove – This will remove the current photo from the project.
Edit – Gives you some photo editing option which include an ability to clone a texture to ‘paint out’ objects, change the perspective of an image, crop an image and load/create an overlay to give added depth to your overall project.
Grab – Allows you to copy a section of the photo brickwork to use on your conservatory.
Measure – This tool allows you to measure an element that you know the dimensions of on the photo (eg. the door on the photo could be 2100mm), and it will scale the conservatory accordingly.
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