Adding Shadows to a Camera View

Reference Number: KB-00230
Last Modified: July 16, 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


I would like to see shadows in my camera views. How can I accomplish this?


Shadows can be generated either by rendering a Final View with Shadows, or by enabling shadows to display in all standard preview cameras.

A Final View is a higher quality rendering of the preview where more edge smoothing techniques are utilized to smooth the jagged appearance of the lines in the drawing, resulting in a cleaner, more realistic appearance. A Final View will simply re-render the current preview, a Final View with Shadows will do the same, but will take the extra step of rendering shadows as well.

To create a Final View with Shadows

  1. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Full Camera  and click and drag out a camera view of either the interior, or exterior, of the structure.

  2. Once the 3D view has completed generating, select 3D> Final View with Shadows .

  3. Once the view has completed generating, you will have a view with much smoother edges than the preview images, and shadows will be displayed.

    Note: A normal Final View will only smooth the edges, but no shadows will be generated unless they are set to display in the render preferences.

To enable shadows in previews

  1. With a plan open, access the Preferences dialog.

  • On Windows, select Edit> Preferences .

  • On Mac, select Home Designer> Preferences .

  • On the Render panel, under the Preview Options section place a check mark next to Show Shadows and press OK.

  • Note: Both Preview Options and Final View Options have a Show Shadows option; with shadows enabled under Final View Options they will appear in both Final View and Final View with Shadows.

    To edit the Sun light

    1. In a camera view, select 3D> Lighting> Adjust Sunlight , select Default Sun and press Adjust.

    2. In the Default Sun Light Specification dialog, you can adjust the Intensity, Color, Tilt Angle and Direction angle of the sun's light.

    3. In Home Designer Professional the sun angle can be adjusted more precisely to the actual location where the structure is going to be built by setting the location on Earth where the plot is, as well as the date and time of day.

    To place and modify a Sun Angle line in Home Designer Pro

    1. A Sun Angle line can be placed in the plan by selecting CAD> Lines> Sun Angle , and clicking somewhere on the plan to place it.

    2. Once a Sun Angle line is present, you can either use the same steps listed above to access the Adjust Lights dialog, or simply use the Select Objects  tool to select the Sun Angle line and press Open Object  to access the Sun Angle Specification.

      Here, you can specify the exact Latitude and Longitude of the plot, as well as the date and time to generate a more accurate shadow.