Importing Plant Images

Reference Number: KB-00391
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to import photographs of plants that are in different developmental stages than those already in the program. How do I do that?


The following steps make use of image files that are not included with the program. You can use image files that are already on your computer, or you can create new ones. These same basic steps can be used to import other images into your plans such as people, pets, cars, etc.  

In Chief Architect, image objects are more than just 2D pictures. Images have size and height attributes, and can contain transparency information. In floor plan view, they display only as 2D symbols; but in 3D views, the visual information that they contain is displayed.

To create a new plant image and save it to the library

  1. First, launch your Chief Architect software, and open the plan in which you want to place your custom plant image.  

  2. Next, select View> Library Browser 

  3. Right click on the User Catalog and select New> Plant Image.  

    • In Chief Architect Interiors, select  New> Image.  

  4. This displays the Image Specification dialog.

  5. On the Image panel, click the Browse button and browse to any image on your computer.   

    In this tutorial we will use a .png image file of a purple flowered plant. 
    Note: Keep in mind that if you want this image to display like the other plant images in Chief Architect, then you may want to crop it appropriately and set the transparency information in a photo editing program before bringing in the image. 

  6. Click Open to return to the Image Specification dialog:

  • On the Image panel, enter the Height or Width, adjusting one will adjust the other, maintaining the correct proportion, so long as you leave the Retain Aspect Ratio option checked.

  • Enter a Height Above Ground value to specify the elevation at which the image displays.

    A value of 0 inches works well in this case, but if we knew we would be placing this plant into a window flower box, for example, we may want to enter the height of this instead.

  • The Transparency panel allows you to either use transparency from the image file, or use a custom transparency color.

    If you choose to use a custom transparency color, for example, a tree image that has mostly a blue sky background, then you will want to use the
    Tolerance slider to apply the level of tolerance that you want applied to colors that are almost the same.

  • Select the Plant Information panel to enter information about the plant such as its common and scientific names, flower and leaf colors, bloom time, etc.

    Setting this information can be helpful if you are importing a variety of custom plant images that you would like to be able to search for using the
    Plant Chooser .

  • Enter any additional information on the plant, such as a description, lighting or hardiness zone comments on the Plant Description panel.

  • Click OK to close the Image Specification dialog and the new image will automatically be added to your User Catalog.

  • Now go to the Library Browser, navigate in to the User Catalog, locate the plant image that was just created, select it, and click in your plan to place it.

  • Take a 3D camera view to see the results.