This series explores the features of Home Designer Suite. Here you will familiarize yourself with the interface and learn the basics, such as how to place and manipulate objects, creating 2D and 3D views, and drawing and dimensioning walls to define room areas.
Multiple views can be opened and torn off the main window and placed on multiple monitors.
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.
Learn about the library browser functions, adding new items, searching and viewing library symbols.
With multiple windows opened you will have toolbars available in all of your main windows
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.
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.
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.
Control the displayed layers of your plan to simplify your view.
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.
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.
Set up your structure to accept a dormer without error.
Build a variety of dormers by modifying these settings.
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.
See a birds-eye framing overview of your entire model, including rafters, studs, plates, headers, sills and cripples.
Discover some of the various uses for soffits, including ductwork, ceiling beams, and trellises.
Give your model a more finished look using accessories like books, baskets, and vases of flowers.
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.
The Plant Chooser makes it easy to find plants and learn about their sun requirements and hardiness zones.
Raise and lower deck floors, place steps between decks of different heights and make railings invisible.
Draw roads, sidewalks, and driveways with Home Designer's Road tools.
Use a picture of your house as a backdrop for your landscaping plan.
Learn how to control the display and style of dimensions and labels using Text Styles.
Learn about molding types we can apply to rooms: Base, Chair and Crown. Manage multiple moldings and specifying their height and other settings.
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.
Take time to become familiar with Home Designers Toolbars and Menus, Library browser and much more.
You can use several different tools to zoom in and out in your plan as well as panning your view.
See how your library browser works when you have multiple main windows open.
Add additional content to your Home Designer library.
Use preset defaults for common architectural themes to get started quickly on your design.
Walk a camera through multiple floors adjusting camera angle, rotation, speed in key areas.
Create corner cabinets, radius ends, peninsula ends, angled front cabinets, and more.
How to find and place items from the Library.
Want to add a personal touch? Add pictures to frames to place in your plan.
Learn how Home Designer differentiates between a picture file and an image and how you can use them in your plans.
Create electrical objects using the Electrical tools or place them from the Library. Specify light sources and connect lights to switches.
Apply materials with the Material Painter, the Material tab of the specification dialogs, and learn how to paint individual walls.
Learn how to draw, modify and move walls, adjust wall type definitions and create pony walls.
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.
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.
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.