Changing the Backdrop in a Camera View

Reference Number: KB-00325
Last Modified: July 21, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


How can I change the background that displays in my 3D camera views?

Example of a changed backdrop in a physically based rendering


Home Designer offers several options for the background used in 3D views: an image included in the program's library, a solid color, an image file from an outside source.

To modify the backdrop

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings  to open the Default Settings dialog.

  2. Expand the Camera Tools category, select the camera tool you'd like to modify the backdrop of, and then click Edit.

  3. In the next dialog that appears, click on the 3D Backdrop or Backdrop panel and make any desired modifications.

    Setting the default backdrop for the full camera views

    • Click on the Select Backdrop button to choose a different backdrop from the Library or a custom backdrop that has been imported.

    • Select the Remove Backdrop button to remove the backdrop image and replace it with the Background Color that is specified.

    • Check the Use Generated Sky box to simulate a daytime sky backdrop.

    • Hit OK to confirm the changes and then hit Done to confirm your changes and close the dialogs.

Now, when a new 3D or elevation view is created, you will see the changes that have been made to the Backdrop settings.

If you have a photograph of the construction area your building will be built on, you may want to import the image and use it as a background or backdrop when creating 3D views to simulate a more realistic rendering of your model and its surrounding view.

To import a backdrop

  1. Select File> Import> Import Backdrop  , browse for and select the image you'd like to import, and then click Open.  

  2. In the Backdrop Specification dialog, specify a Name and then click OK to import the backdrop image into your User Catalog.

  3. This imported backdrop image can now applied by choosing the Select Backdrop button mentioned in the section(s) above.