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How to Create a 3-Dimensional Flame

Reference Number: KB-01830 Last Updated: 07-18-2014 09:58 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite

QUESTION


Chief Architect contains several fire materials, however, they are just images. How can I make these look more realistic?

 


ANSWER


Creating a 3D flame in Chief Architect is very simple. The first thing you need is a shape with only a few surfaces for the flame material to be applied to.

In this example we will create the curling flame shown above by applying a fire texture to a hollow cylinder.



Creating the cylinder

  1. To begin, select File> New Plan to start a new, empty plan.


  2. Next, select Build> Primitive> Cylinder , then click and drag in floor plan to create a simple cylinder shape.


  3. Once the cylinder has been created, go to  3D> Create Perspective View> Full Overview .



  4. Next, use the Delete Surface  tool hide the two end surfaces of the cylinder.



  5. Click Tools> Symbol> Convert to Symbol .



  6. Choose a category for the cylinder.  In this case we will use a Geometric Shape, and click OK.




  7. Now place your new shape into a plan and resize it as needed.


  8. Apply a fire material, found in the library under Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Materials> Fire.

     

    Using this method you can use different shapes to make your flame look however you like for your camera views.

MORE INFORMATION


You may also want to review online Help Database Article #1234 to learn how to add lighting to your fire or flame.

http://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/displayfaq.php?faqNumber=1234