I want to create a brochure/flyer or post a portfolio of my plans on my website with some nice floor plan images. How can I create a 2D plan view with some rendered 3D characteristics like flooring, furniture, and appliances?
One technique for creating the image above is to overlay a floor plan view on top of a camera view.
To create the top down view displaying textures
Open the plan that you would like to create this type of image from.
Select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Orthographic Floor Overview to create a 3D camera view of your structure.
Navigate to 3D> View Direction> Top View to reorient the view facing downward.
Navigate to 3D> Rendering Techniques> Standard to change the rendering technique and show the material textures in the view.
Select Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options and remove any checkmarks from the Display column for layers you don't want to see in the view.
Finally, select File> Export> Export Picture to display the Export Picture dialog. Set the Dimensions and Resolution of the image, then click OK. In the Export Picture File dialog, choose an easy to find location, like your Desktop, give the file a unique name, and click to Save the picture file.
Once everything is displayed to your liking, you are ready to send the camera view as well as the floor plan view to a layout.
To send the top down view and a floor plan view to layout
With the 3D camera view exactly how you want it, navigate to File> Send to Layout from the menu.
Specify any options here, such as the Layout you'd like to send it to, the Page Number, and the Scaling, then click OK.
Next, navigate to your floor plan, select Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options from the menu, and turn off any layers in the floor plan that are unnecessary to the end picture
This is a great time to modify the color of the room labels to your liking. This can easily be done by changing the line color of the "Room Labels" display layer within the layer set that is being used for this process.
Once the floor plan is to your liking, proceed to send the floor plan over to a layout by selecting File> Send to Layout .
It is important that you specify the scale to be the same as the 3D camera view that you sent in Step 1 above.
Use the Move edit handle along with the Point to Point Move tool to move the floor plan so it's aligned with the 3D camera view.
Now you can continue to send views over to this layout file and Print it out, or you can export it by going to File> Export> Export PDF or File> Export> Export Picture .