Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing drawings, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now that we have our layout ready, let's place some drawings. So, were gonna be using this drawing tool, I'm gonna click here on the drawing tool and click on the layout. And then ArchiCAD is gonna ask you what view I wanna place in the layout. I'm gonna choose here Ground Floor. There's another way to do it, much easier, so I'm gonna delete this drawing, and all you have to do is make sure you are on the view map and drag the view here. Avoid dragging the drawing from the project map, so, for example, I'm gonna drag here the first floor and ArchiCAD is gonna do the same thing, it's gonna bring the drawing for us, but it will create another view here that you may not want to.
If you drag from the project map, you're gonna end up with a very messy view map. I'm gonna delete this drawing, and delete this view as well. And we're gonna stick to the views that we have already created. So, how does drawing work? So this is like a portal to your drawing. You can move the drawing around, you can reshape, if you don't wanna show everything, and you can also move the drawing around, just make sure you have the moves of element active here on the PET palette. And you can reposition the drawing the way you want.
So I'm gonna click on one of the edge here on the drawing, make sure I have the offset edge and start resizing this drawing. That's why on my layouts I usually put some points here that doesn't get printed but I can snap on when I'm resizing my drawings so I know the limit of the sheet. So i'm gonna reshape it here, here I might have to go a little bit higher, now I'm gonna position the drawing. First, horizontally, think I went a little bit too far, and now make sure I have everything inside the view port.
That's better. Now, let's check the settings for this drawing, I'm gonna select the drawing and use the shortcut command command + t, or control + t if you're on Windows. And here on the settings dialogue we can change the name of the drawing, so this is the name that's gonna go ehre on the drawing title and the number, right now ArchiCAD is using the same number that we gave for our view, which is zero and Ground floor. You can choose to have a custom one if you want to, I'm not gonna do that, I'm gonna keep it by ID.
Another thing, you may want to look in here is the title, you have some different kind of drawing titles to choose from. I'm gonna stick to the building drawing title, but right now I don't really like the fact that's stretching all the way there, so I'm gonna go to width, link width to position, so I'm gonna say no. Title width, let's say 200 should be good. And I also think it's too far from my drawing, so I'm gonna change the offset of the drawing to five.
And the position is bottom left, so that's good, I'm gonna press okay. And that is much better. So I'm gonna use the eye-dropper to make sure that every new drawing that I place on the layout is gonna follow the same setting for the title. I would like to show you another way to do this. I'm gonna place here the basement and the first floor together in one sheet. And I will use the tracing reference here to see the first sheet that we set up. So I'm gonna go here and choose reference, browse for tracing reference, and instead of choosing one of the floors, I'm gonna choose one of the layouts.
I'm gonna choose here ground floor, now we have the ground floor as a reference and I can make sure that I position my drawing exactly on top of the ground floor, so we have the sheets very consistent with the grid in the same position. I can also make sure that I have that same position here for the rest of the drawing. But for this ground floor I don't really need to see all of these, we just should be on the ground.
So I'm gonna finish the drawing here, and you could If you want to, put a line here that is dashed. So now I can hide the reference because I don't need it anymore and I'm gonna move this drawing, copying it, so I'm gonna press command + d, or control + d. And then on the middle of the process I'm pressing option on the Mac, or control in the Windows. And I'm gonna copy this drawing.
Good, now instead of dragging here the roof level, I'm gonna right-click on this drawing and say Link Drawing to, so now I can choose another drawing. I'm gonna go to roof level and press link. So ArchiCAD is gonna keep in the same position here. I don't really need to see this grid because I'm already seeing on the drawing below as long as they're in line. So I'm gonna reduce this guy, bring it down a little bit, so that's a good distance, a little bit more.
But let's say I want to see the grid here on the top. So, there's a little trick we can do. I'm gonna again, drag and copy this layout. Let me stretch a little bit so we can see the grid, and I'm gonna move down this drawing, let's turn on the reference again. And position my grid exactly on the same place as the ground floor. And now reduce my drawing down again.
Good. And, reduce my drawing up as well. So, I don't want a drawing title for this guy here, so I'm gonna select this, go to the settings, and on drawing title I'm gonna say no title, press okay, and before we finish here, let's fix this guy. So I'm gonna move this drawing a little bit more down. Make sure I'm still inside the drawing, so I can... Try to reshape this one and make sure we have that North symbol there.
The North symbol is, but the West is not, so I'm gonna drag it down a little bit. So, some fine adjustments you have to do when you're placing the drawings. That's good. There we go. So this is a little trick to avoid having to go back to the floor plan and do a new, smaller grid. You can do everything here by having two drawings of the same. So go ahead and finish placing the drawings for the other layouts.
- 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.