Join Thiago Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing elements in ArchiCAD, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Before we start modeling our project, we need to understand how we edit elements in ArchiCAD, and one of the great things about ArchiCAD is that it stays pretty consistent in the way you do things. So for instance, the same way you do a line is how you're gonna do a wall. Same way you do a pully line is how you're gonna do a slam. So if you know how to do one, you should be fine doing the other. When you're drawing elements in ArchiCAD, one thing you're gonna notice is this blue text here following the cursor with a distance and an angle, and this is called tracker.
To access the tracker you press the Tab key and you jump into distance, if I press the Tab key again, I jump into angle, and if I keep pressing the Tab, ArchiCAD is gonna show me the x, y, and z coordinate in relation to the starting point of the wall. So for instance, if I type here three meters, I should do a three meter wall. Another way to access the tracker is by typing the first letter of the field. So if I type d, I jump into distance, if I type a, I jump into angle.
So again I'm gonna type d, and then type three meters and then I draw a three meters wall there. If you don't have the tracker in your screen, it's probably because you have this button here off. So here you can show or hide the tracker, so make sure you have it always on. Another two we're gonna use a lot is the pet palette, and the pet palette only appears when you select one element and click on it again. So the pet palette is this guy over here where I have the option to drag, rotate, mirror, elevate, or multiply one element, and in this case, the option to stretch the wall.
So here I can stretch in and out this wall by a distance, so I can type here I want the final distance to be five meters, and the same works with the line. So here I have this stretch option as well. But bear in mind that the pet palettes change depending on the kind of element that you select and where you click, so when I click on the end of the wall I have the option to stretch, if I click on the middle of this line, I have the option to add a node or curve the edge by radius or curve the edge by tangent.
So if I do the same with the wall, now I have the same options plus options to change the shape of the wall. So bear in mind that the pet palettes change depending where you select. When you have more than one element, for instance on this wall, let's say I want to add another wall here, and now I want to offset this edge of the wall, and to do that I'm gonna select those two walls by holding the Shift key, and I'm gonna click on one edge, and I have the option to offset that edge.
So I'm gonna click here, and I can offset by a distance that I want. I also have the option to offset all the edges of what I have selected, so I can type here 500 millimeters so it can offset by half a meter. But remember, if you don't select both walls, ArchiCAD is not gonna give you the option to offset. So you kind of have to tell ArchiCAD what is your intention. If I want to stretch one by bringing the other together, you select in both and you can have them stretch together.
Another function we're gonna be using a lot is the drag function here from the pet palette. So I'm gonna click one element, and I have the button here, drag, I'm gonna click on it, and now I'm moving or dragging this wall along, and I can press d, type the distance, 1500, and I move 1500. A quicker way to access the drag is by using the shortcut Command + D on the Mac or Control + D on the Windows, so then I no longer need to click on the element, I can click anywhere else outside, and I can type 1500 again.
If you want to copy when you're dragging, all you have to do is to press the Option key on the Mac or the Control key on the Windows, so let's say here I'm gonna use first Control + D to start the dragging, and in the middle of the process I'm gonna press Option on the Mac or Control on the Windows, and you can see next to my cursor a plus sign has appeared, and that means I'm no longer just dragging, I'm dragging and copying at the same time. So if I either type a distance or just click, I should get a copy of that wall.
If you want to do multiple copies you have to again start the drag process, and in the middle of it you press Option + Command at the same time on the Mac, or Control + Alt at the same time on the Windows, and now you can notice that we have two plus signs that means that I can do multiple copies. We also are gonna be not just dragging, but rotating a lot, and again, I'm gonna select one object, click on it again so the pet palette shows up, and here the second button is the rotate.
So I'm gonna click on rotate, now ArchiCAD is asking me where is the center point of the rotation? The first and the second point of the angle. So I can either click or I can also type the angle that I want, so in the middle of the process here I'm gonna type 15, so I'm rotating 15 degrees. And just like dragging, when you're rotating, if you press the Option key on the Mac or the Control key on the Windows, I'm no longer just rotating, I'm actually rotating and copying it, and again, if I press the Option and Command at the same time when rotating, or the Control and Alt, I can do multiple copies.
We're also gonna be using mirror quite a lot, and again I'm gonna select, let's say two of those elements. I'm gonna click on one of the edges, so the pet palette comes up, and here we have the third button, the option to mirror. I'm gonna click on mirror, and all I have to do is to choose the first and the second point of the mirror access. And also just like in drag and rotating, if in the middle of the process I press the Option key, or the Control key on the Windows, I can mirror copy it.
So the tracker, the pet palette, the drag, rotate, and mirror functions are something that we're gonna be using a lot. So go ahead and play a little bit and get familiar with those tools.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.