Take time to become familiar with Home Designers Toolbars and Menus, Library browser and much more.
Learn about the library browser functions, adding new items, searching and viewing library symbols.
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.
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.
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.
Multiple views can be opened and torn off the main window and placed on multiple monitors.
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.
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
Raised flower beds, pathways and ponds are a cinch with the Terrain Feature tools.
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.
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.
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.
You can approximate the look of a reflection by taking a camera view, exporting an image and importing it as a new material.