Printing a Plan at a Specific Scale

Reference Number: KB-00116
Last Modified: September 28, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


How do I print a plan to scale and what does it mean to have a plan printed to scale?


Printing to scale allows you to measure the printed drawing to obtain the distance between points. This is useful on a drawing where you may not have dimensions for every little detail.

If you choose 1/4 inch per foot when printing, then when you measure the drawing later you can multiply the number of inches by 4 to obtain the number of feet between two points. Both plan and vector elevation views created in Home Designer can be printed to an architectural scale specified in the Print dialog.

To print plan view to scale

  1. Select File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup  from the menu to display the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog.

  2. Under the Drawing Scale option, type in the scale at which you want to print.  Use the drop downs to change the units and click OK to apply this change.

  3. Select File> Print> Print Preview , then select Fill Window  to verify how the plan will be printed on the paper.

  4. If needed, select File> Print> Center Sheet  to center the sheet on the page, or select the edge of the drawing sheet to select it, then use the Move  edit handle to place it where you want in relation to the drawing.

  5. Select File> Print> Print , and in the Print View dialog that appears, under the Drawing Scale heading, move the radio button to To Scale.

  6. When using Save as PDF, a second window will appear asking you to name the .pdf, and save it to a specific location. In the Choose PFD File name dialog box, enter a file name in the File name field at the bottom of the dialog box, and select a folder to save the file into, then press Save.

To print an elevation view to scale*
*Home Designer Pro only

  1. Select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation .

    The orthographic Cross Section/Elevation, which uses the Vector rendering technique, is the only elevation view that will print to a specific scale using Home Designer Pro.

  2. Click within the plan and drag the camera toward your structure. Once you release the mouse, Home Designer Pro will create a cross section/elevation of your model.

  3. Once the cross section view has generated, select File> Print> Print  from the menu to display the Print dialog.

  4. Follow the same steps as above to set your scale and print to it.


Home Designer Pro has the option of creating layout files, each with a single sheet to which you can send views at a particular scale and print from the layout.