Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Surfaces, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now lets take a look on the surface. I'm gonna go here to the 3D, and every element in ArchiCAD has a surface. Some of them has an image, like these stone wall here. Some of them has just a color. So let's select this slab here, go to the settings, and I'm gonna override the top surface here by one of these surface. And you can see here, from the list of surface, that some of them has an image, some of them also have a texture, some of them doesn't have any.
So I'm gonna choose some kind of pavement. I'm gonna go to this pavement, brick moss, and this one has a texture, and it also has a fill. So I'm gonna go ahead and press okay. And if you look closely, you will notice that we have a picture. Let's go back to the floor plan. And we still have the grass paver texture here, and that's because, on the setting of this slab, we chose the grass paver cover fill.
But if we check this box here that says, use fill from surface, we should get the fill that is attached to the surface. And that is a better practice, when the 3D match the 2D. So let's create our fill for the grass paver then. So to do that, we're gonna go here to the surface, on the attributes bar. And here on the settings, we have first, a list of all the surface that we currently have in ArchiCAD. We have buttons to create, rename, share, delete surface.
We can choose the engine that we are doing the settings for. So we have OpenGL, which is normally what we're looking at in the 3D. You also have the CineRender, which is what we use when we're doing a render. So here we can do all the settings for render, which we're not gonna do right now, we're gonna focus only on the OpenGL. And we can change exposure to light, the surface color, if it is transparent or not, how is the emission, we're not gonna change any of these now.
We can also choose a hatching, which is the fill that goes on top of the surface here. And finally, we can choose a texture, which is the image that goes into the 3D. So let's create our grass paver. I'm gonna create it from one of those pavers already, so I'm gonna choose here, pavement brick moss, and then press, new. Like this I am duplicating and getting all the properties of one paver. So I'm gonna name this, Grass Paver. Yes, duplicate.
Press okay. And here we're gonna change first the color. I don't want it brown. Let's double click here, I'm gonna choose a kind of gray. But I'm gonna keep all the other settings, for reflection and emission. Under the hatching I'm gonna change this pavement 14, and I'm gonna choose the grass paver. And on texture I want to chose the image that I have. So I'm gonna choose this texture here that I have. So going back here to the surface settings, I'm gonna go on search, we have a lot of image built in in ArchiCAD that you can choose from as well.
But I want one from the file, so I'm gonna go here and click, load other picture, from file dialog box, and then I'm gonna go to the exercise folder, surface, and choose this image, press open. There we go, now this image is part of my embedded library. I'm gonna press okay. And I just want to make sure I have these box checked. Keep original proportion, and also I'm gonna change here to 500, which is the size of the hatch that we have done before.
Then I'm gonna go ahead and press okay. Now if we go back to the 3D here, I'm gonna select this slab, control + t, or command + t, and we should be able to choose here the grass paver surface. So there we go, press okay, and now if we take a look we have the texture and if I go back to the floor plan, we should also have the original grass paver hatch back. So creating or editing the surface is something that we do a lot along the project.
So feel free to create as many surface as you need.
- 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.