Take time to become familiar with Home Designers Toolbars and Menus, Library browser and much more.
Learn how to select and group select both items placed from the library and items you've placed with the door, window and other tools.
You can use several different tools to zoom in and out in your plan as well as panning your view.
Multiple views can be opened and torn off the main window and placed on multiple monitors.
Learn about the library browser functions, adding new items, searching and viewing library symbols.
Make finding items in your library quick and easy by creating custom library filters
See how your library browser works when you have multiple main windows open.
Add additional content to your Home Designer library.
Become more efficient by creating your own custom toolbar configurations.
With multiple windows opened you will have toolbars available in all of your main windows
Use preset defaults for common architectural themes to get started quickly on your design.
Already know the style and materials you will be using for a plan? Create a template!
Perspective and Orthographic views allow for a variety of different render techniques.
Modify camera settings like textures, reflections, shadows using Camera View Options toggles or Camera Defaults.
You can create 360° panorama camera views of your plan and export them to be viewed on our website.
Determine which layers are being used, lock layers that you do not want to modify and control which layers are displayed.
How to change the angle and position of a camera to get that perfect shot.
Record camera movements in 3D or have the camera follow a line.
Walk a camera through multiple floors adjusting camera angle, rotation, speed in key areas.
Clip section and elevation views so you only see what you need to.
Saving cameras allows you to quickly create a set of useful views that you can return to throughout the design process.
You can use your own photos or captured images as backdrops for your camera views.
Camera views can show reflections in mirrors as well as shadows and sunlight streaming through your windows.
Learn how to draw, modify and move walls, adjust wall type definitions and create pony walls.
You can control the thickness and materials that are used in your wall makup
Specify what items dimension lines will locate, the unit of measurement, and font for your dimensions.
Make a complete set of exterior dimension lines for each room with the Automatic Exterior Dimension tool.
Make a set of interior dimensions for a single room or an entire floor.
Learn how to use the Manual, End to end, Interior, Auto Exterior and Tape Measure dimension tools.
Learn how to use the Angular and Point to point dimension tools.
Define rooms and specify moldings, ceiling height and other attributes.
The Space Planning Assistant makes it easy to create a preliminary room-by-room design.
The Build New Floor tool makes it easy to add additional levels to your plan.
The reference display allows you to see what is on the floor one while working on floor two.
Home Designer makes it easy to model a variety of basement styles.
Easily adjust the building's height relative to the terrain with the pad elevation setting.
Display or not display foundation cutouts in plan view.
Design exactly the roof you want with manual roof planes.
Place a gable over a door or window without breaking the wall into sections.
Set up your structure to accept a dormer without error.
Draw a dormer condition where the dormer sits on the roof plane or one that has support walls that extend to the floor below.
Automatically generate three different types of roof return: Gable, Hip or Full Returns.
Get just the right ceiling for that grand room by using soffits.
Create a closet with a plant shelf ceiling that is lower in height than the containing room.
Stairs are easy with our stair tools: straight and curved stairs, landings, flair and starter treads.
Straight or curved, following ADA standards or not, Ramps are easy with Home Designer.
Automatic tools make framing your project easy, and if you need something special you can modify individual framing members in Home Designer Pro.
Create standard trusses, scissor trusses, and floor/ceiling trusses with these tools.
This video takes you through modifying roof planes to produce different On Center rafter spacing in different sections of the plan.
Home Designer Pro lets you create frameless cabinets, modify cabinet labels, and select and modify groups of cabinets.
Using the dimension tools to annotate your elevation views of kitchen and bath cabinets
Now you can place a wall oven as well as a warming drawer in a single cabinet!
Want to have an arched glass door style on the top of the cabinet but a square panel for the bottom? Learn how in this video.
You can modify cabinets to have both doors and drawers across the cabinet face
Create corner cabinets, radius ends, peninsula ends, angled front cabinets, and more.
Discover some of the various uses for soffits, including ductwork, ceiling beams, and trellises.
Put an edge molding around countertops, add crown moldings to the top, even have multiple moldings on a single cabinet.
Learn how to modify the different components of a railing.
How to find and place items from the Library.
Give your model a more finished look using accessories like books, baskets, and vases of flowers.
Want to add a personal touch? Add pictures to frames to place in your plan.
Click on one object and many of it's properties can be painted onto another like object with these tools
If you can't find a symbol in the library, watch this video to learn how to import additional symbols.
Import terrain elevation data to quickly create the topography of your site.
Raised flower beds, pathways and ponds are a cinch with the Terrain Feature tools.
Create retaining walls in your terrain to calculate elevation data in separate areas.
Easily design a sprinkler system with sprinkler lines, splines and heads.
The Plant Chooser makes it easy to find plants and learn about their sun requirements and hardiness zones.
Find out how much the trees you want to plant will grow in three years, ten years, twenty years.
Raise and lower deck floors, place steps between decks of different heights and make railings invisible.
Learn how to specify a patio room type and apply materials, thickness to the patio floor, and use the slab tool to create custom steps.
Deck rooms automatically frame independent of the floor framing. This video will teach you how to build and modify deck framing.
Use the Stair tools or shaped slabs to get the look you want on that deck.
Draw roads, sidewalks, and driveways with Home Designer's Road tools.
Learn how Home Designer differentiates between a picture file and an image and how you can use them in your plans.
Use a picture of your house as a backdrop for your landscaping plan.
You can approximate the look of a reflection by taking a camera view, exporting an image and importing it as a new material.
Increase the resolution and quality of the exported pictures of your camera views
Place, move, resize, and rotate the different types of callouts and markers.
Learn how to control the display and style of dimensions and labels using Text Styles.
Modify text styles by copying, renaming, editing and deleting text styles as well as setting rotation, transparency, and layers.
The same line type edit handles allow you to continue drawing lines, arcs and splines without changing tools
Use the CAD tools, dimensions, and text to add detail to Cross Section/Elevation views.
Learn about the different types of snaps: Angle Snaps, Object Snaps, and Grid Snaps.
Create electrical objects using the Electrical tools or place them from the Library. Specify light sources and connect lights to switches.
Wall coverings can be used in addition to a wall's surface material to create accents like wallpaper borders or wainscoting.
Apply materials with the Material Painter, the Material tab of the specification dialogs, and learn how to paint individual walls.
Along with the library materials, you can also choose to use materials that are already in your plan, saving time searching
Use the Color Chooser to create custom materials using colors from your own photos, manufacturer websites, or any window that displays on your computer.
Home Designer comes with over 1500 materials, but if you can't find what you need then you can use your digital photographs to make new texture materials.
Learn about using the Print and Print Image dialogs to specify page size, scaling, 3d views and models.
See the additional print options available in Home Designer Pro, like Check Plot, Height/Width Correction and Print in Color.
Create that professional blueprint document with Home Designer Pro's layout sheet.
Learn about molding types we can apply to rooms: Base, Chair and Crown. Manage multiple moldings and specifying their height and other settings.
A quick and easy way to generate a listing of all the plants used in your landscaping
Quickly create a Screen Porch within our Home Designer Pro 2016 design software
This Kitchen Design webinar will demonstrate how to create a kitchen layout with custom cabinets, appliances, an island, and lighting. We will also use tools to create a custom ceiling, apron sink and floating shelves to finalize the design.
Learn how to create ceiling beams using soffit tools.
This webinar will focus on Home Designer's automatic roof tools, and will go through the basic concepts behind designing a roof in Home Designer Software, and how to create simple roof styles, such as hip, gable, gambrel, and shed roofs.
This webinar will focus on the manual roof building tools in Home Designer Professional. We will go through drawing roof and ceiling planes manually, and design several different roof styles including a Dutch Gable, a Clerestory, and manual dormers.
The Quick Start webinar is a quick and easy way to get started or learn about our software. We will take you through a home design from drawing walls all the way through construction documents. In addition, you will learn about design defaults and more.
This Bathroom Design webinar will focus on creating a master bathroom including a custom double vanity and glass shower. We will also demonstrate how to customize lighting, materials, and molding using smart design tools to visualize our proj