Images on the Floor Plan and in the Elevation View
Images can be added to your floor plan or Elevation view to display a logo or other information.
To add an image, open the 2D Plan or Elevation view and click the menu button. Then choose Import > From File…. Select an image and click the Open button. Finally, choose As 2D image. Images added in this way are not visible in the 3D view.
If you have a floor plan drawing in a graphic format such as TIFF or JPEG, you can place it in the 2D Plan view to see where to draw walls or place objects in your project.
The image properties are located in the Object Properties tab of the Inspector. You can find tools here to adjust the image size, rotate or flip it, and also change its opacity.
To resize an image, use handles on its frame or input a new size in the Inspector. To show the image with proper scale, you can use a Dimension tool. The image size in the Inspector is displayed in the measurement units selected for the whole project.
To rotate an image, use its rotation handle.
The Project Tree lets you control the Visibility and Lock options.
Images in the 3D View
There are two ways to display an image in the 3D view:
- Apply an image to an object as a texture which is described below.
- Import an image as a 3D Image object.
To apply a texture to an object:
- Create a custom material, and then apply it to the object.
- Drag an image from Finder and drop it onto an object. See Creation of a Wall Picture below for detailed instructions.
The creation of a new material lets you adjust it before applying. You can also save it in the library for later use. The "drag and drop" is the simplest and preferred method for one-time applications.
Creation of a Wall Picture
To create a wall picture, create a material based on your picture as described in Creating New Materials. Then apply the material to an object. The texture will most likely be tiled on the object's surface, or it will be too big. The following steps explain how to fit the texture to the object.
Keep in mind that the texture size is limited, so importing images with very high resolution is not recommended because it will be automatically decreased.
To create a wall picture:
- Determine the aspect ratio of the image. To do this, use an image editor, or right-click on the image in File Explorer, select Properties and open the Details tab. Assume that the image width is 533 pixels and the height is 421 pixels. The aspect ratio is then 533 / 421 = 1.26
- Add a wall panel from the library to your project.
- Resize the panel using the Object Properties tab of the Inspector. Assume that we need to have the width of 2m. The height will be calculated using the aspect ratio of the image:
2 / 1.26 = 1.58m
- Create a custom material and apply it to the wall panel.
- The image is tiled. Correct this using the Tile Transform tool in the Object Materials tab of the Inspector. Make sure that the Maintain Aspect Ratio is activated. Input one of the image dimensions, such as the width.
You can apply a texture to other objects in the same way. However it is important to remember that the Tile Transform tool works only with walls, wall panels, ceilings, floors and building blocks.