In this series we will look at the features of Home Designer Essentials. We will be exploring the interface and showing how to draw walls, define room areas, place objects such as cabinets and fixtures, and apply and modify materials.
Take time to become familiar with Home Designers Toolbars and Menus, Library browser and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall coverings can be used in addition to a wall's surface material to create accents like wallpaper borders or wainscoting.
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.
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.
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.