Learn basic plan3D concepts with this tutorial. Remember: Undo is your friend as you get familiar with plan3D. Make a mistake? Choose Undo from the Edit menu.
Here are some things you should know when using this manual:
Animated Illustrations: Many illustrations are actually step-by-step slide shows, especially if you see the word "Start" on the first slide. To restart a slide show, right-click in a blank area of the window and choose "Refresh."
Back Button: Use the backspace key to back up to the previous page.
Menu Notation: Build>Draw Wall>Interior Walls indicates go to Build menu, then Draw Wall menu, then choose "Interior Walls."
Reference Section: There is detailed information for each menu command, shortcuts, Paints, Materials, Scaling and so on, under the Reference topic in the Table of Contents (left). Be sure to reference this if you have questions.
When you open plan3D you'll see a window like the one below.
You have to start somewhere. Most projects require at least one wall. To draw walls, first click the wall tool on the tool bar, then click-and-drag in the work area.
Blueprint Wall Dimensions: In Blueprint mode linked wall dimensions usually show exterior measurement. Change to interior dimensions by right-clicking the wall and choosing "Measure Other Side."
Undo is your Friend: As you're learning plan3D remember that you can backup to before you did something by choosing Undo from the Edit menu.
Drag 3D models like chairs into your plans, then drag fabric materials onto them.
To select an object, double-click it. Handles indicate it is selected. You need to select an object before you can delete it or more it. You can also right-click on objects to see important options.
To rotate furniture, trees and other non-construction type objects, drag their red handles in a clockwise motion. Click-and-drag an object to move it.
Construction objects, like floors, walls, roofs and countertops are rotated and moved differently then furniture and other Directory type objects.
Right-click object and choose "Set Dimensions." For other ways to scale objects see Scale (resize).
Drag-and-drop doors and windows from the Directory onto walls. Keep in mind that once an object is applied to a wall, it may not be dragged to another wall.
Choose from various tools on the tool bar to move around.
The Zoom, Orbit and Pan Tools are the most useful for getting around. Click a tool in the toolbar, then click-and-drag in the work area to see what it does. See the Moving
Around tutorial if you need more help with this.
Drag-and-drop materials and paint onto any surface from the Directory.
For example, drag brick and siding materials onto walls, fabrics onto curtains, wood finishes onto cabinets, tile onto floors, and so on. For about this see Materials and Textures.
There is also a paint category in the Directory with paint samples and a color picker. See Paint and Color for more information.