Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Layers, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Up until now we haven't really chosen any layer for the elements that we are doing. And the reason is because you don't really need to. ArchiCAD will put the objects on the layers that it thinks it belongs to. So for example when we add those furniture ArchiCAD already put these furniture into the interior furniture layer. If we click here on the grid you will see here on the top that we are using the structural grid layer. Same goes for the zones. So ArchiCAD has some standard layers for the elements, so if you don't want them to be on those layers all you have to do when you're adding an element is go to the settings.
In here at the bottom you're gonna find the layer that this element is gonna be. So you can click here and choose a different layer. The same goes when you're adding a wall. If I go here, Control + T or Command + T, right at the bottom is the layer where this wall is. So let's take a look at the layers and to do that I'm gonna use the shortcut Cmd + L or Ctrl + L if you're on a PC. And here in the layer settings we have on the right every layer that we have and on the left some layer combinations.
So on the layers here on the right we can lock one layer, so we don't change anything on it, or unlock, we can also hide or unhide a layer, and we can make this layer a wireframe in 3D or not. You can also change the group of the layer, we're going to look at this in a little bit. And of course you can change the name and the extension of the layer, which is all empty right now. You can use the new button here to create a new layer, so I'm gonna create a structural beams, for instance, press OK.
Now we have this layer at the bottom. You can also delete one layer if you want to, you can move all the elements that you have on that layer to another layer. In this case we don't have any elements, so I'm just gonna delete everything that is inside and press delete. You can also use those tools to select everything, hide everything, unhide everything, lock and unlock and so on. So the left here we have some layer combinations, which is combinations of locked and what is hidden and unhidden.
So if I click here on plans preliminary I can choose some of the layers to be on and off, but if I'm doing a rendering I can have other layers on, other layers off. So basically it's a way to organize what you want to see on different stage of the project. So for instance, let's go up here to drafting and press OK, and if I go here on the plan I'm gonna use the quick options here to change the layer combination, so I'm gonna go from drafting to rendering, and you're gonna notice that all the two elements now are hidden, 'cause I don't really need them when I'm doing rendering.
And if I go back here to drafting they come back again. So to change that layer combination you go to the layer settings, so you can use the shortcut Control + L or Command + L if you're on a Mac, or you can go here on document, layers, layer settings. So if you wanna change something here, let's say on the rendering I wanna turn off all the zones, so I'm gonna look here for the layer for the zones, which is model units zones, and I can see that on this layer combination this zone is on.
So I'm gonna click here on the eye and now I can go and update these layer combinations. So if I press OK now on the rendering I no longer have the zones, but if I go back to drafting I have everything back together. Finally, I wanna show you what the layer groups are, which is this column here on the layer combination. So let's say, I'm gonna cancel here, let's say I'm modeling a wardrobe for this cupboard here and I don't wanna use an object from ArchiCAD, I actually wanna model using walls and slabs, so I'm gonna create a wall here.
Let's go to the settings of this wall, let's make it thinner, 20 millimeters, and let's change it to timber for the roof, no, let's look for a plywood. There we go, press OK. So adding this wall here you will notice that the wall for the wardrobe is intersecting with the wall of the kitchen, which is not really what I want. So what I can do is put this wall on the layer interior furniture and on in the layer combination here I want the interior furniture group to be a different number.
So let's say I'm gonna change it to two. So now the elements that are on this layer will only interact with layers that also have the number two here. So we need to update that to drafting, so I'm gonna update it here, press OK, and now this wall is no longer interacting with that wall. So if we go back here, for instance, to the rendering combination the wall is interacting again, and if I go to drafting it's fixed. So remember if you want this to be the case on every layer combination you have to change the number two for this interior furniture on every layer combination.
So go ahead and use this layer combinationing to your favor. In my project this layer combination list goes on and on. It's quite normal to create a lot of layer combinations, one to every situation you have in your project. So any time press new, go ahead, create a new layer, name it, and use it.
- 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.