Adding a Custom Backdrop Image to Camera Views


Reference Number: KB-00222
Last Modified: February 6, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

I have created a number of custom backdrop images. I have copied the images from my digital camera to my desktop, and now I would like to make them usable in Chief Architect. How do I add them to the program?

Custom backdrop of rolling hills


ANSWER

Backdrops are images that display behind the model in 3D views, and new backdrops can be created using a variety of graphic file formats. Backdrops are automatically adjusted to fit the window size, so they look best when they are created with the same height to width proportions as the window you are working in. 


To import a custom image to be used as a backdrop

  1. Select File> Import> Import Backdrop  to open the Import Backdrop File dialog.

    Navigate to File> Import> Import Backdrop


  2. The Import Backdrop File dialog allows you to browse for an image on your computer. Once you have located the image you want to use, select it, and click the Open button.  


  3. Once you click Open, this backdrop will be found in the User Catalog section of the Library Browser, where you can then move it into your desired folder.  


To add a folder of custom backdrop images to the library

  1. Select File> Import> Create Backdrop Library  to open the Select a Backdrop Folder dialog.


  2. Browse for and select the folder containing images you'd like to import as backdrops and then click the Select Folder button.


  3. A folder with the same name will be created in the User Catalog containing all of the imported backdrop images.


To apply custom backdrop images to default camera tools

  1. From the menu, navigate to Edit> Default Settings , expand the Camera Tools category, select a camera tool that you'd like the backdrop to be applied to, such as Full Camera, then click Edit.


  2. On the Backdrop panel of the Camera Defaults dialog, click on the Select Backdrop button.

    • In the Select Library Object dialog that opens, navigate into the User Catalog, find the backdrop image that you'd like to use, and select it.

    • Click OK to confirm the change.


  3. Click OK a second time and then click Done to confirm the changes and close out of the dialog boxes.

Certain rendering techniques, such as Vector View and Glass House, are not setup to display backdrops by default. To adjust this setting, navigate into Edit> Default Settings, expand 3D View Defaults, select Rendering Techniques, then click Edit. In the Rendering Technique Defaults dialog, select the rendering technique in which the specified backdrop is not displaying in, check the Use Backdrop box, then click OK.


To apply a custom backdrop image to a single camera view

  1. Select 3D> Create Perspective View or 3D> Create Orthographic View , select a camera tool of your choice, and create a camera view.


  2. Once the view has generated, navigate to 3D> Edit Active Camera using the menu.


  3. On the Backdrop panel of the Camera Defaults dialog, click on the Select Backdrop button

    • In the Select Library Object dialog that opens, navigate into the User Catalog, find the backdrop image that you'd like to use, and select it.

    • Click OK to confirm the change.


  4. Click OK a second time to confirm the change and close out of the dialog.

    Note: If a camera view is not saved in the plan you're working in, and the view is subsequently closed, the backdrop will no longer appear when a new camera view is taken unless the backdrop was specified in the default settings.