Creating an Image for Use in a Brochure or on a Website

Reference Number: KB-01142
Last Modified: August 7, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to create a brochure 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?

Overlaying a top-down 3D view with a 2D floor plan view is a great way to create a detailed brochure image


One technique for creating this type of view is to overlay a floor plan image on top of a view of the 3D model.

To create the top down view of the model

  1. First, from the menu, select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Orthographic Floor Overview to create the initial 3D camera view.

  2. Next, navigate to 3D> View Direction> Top View to reorient the view facing downward.

  3. Third, go to 3D> Rendering Techniques> Standard to change the rendering technique and show the material textures in the view.

  4. Now, adjust the window size to be close fitting around the image so it is easier to resize later. 

  5. Turn off layers for objects that you do not want to see by clicking Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options and removing the checkmarks from the Display column those layers you do not want to show in the view.

  6. Finally, select File> Export> Export Picture to display the Export Picture dialog.

  7. Set the Dimensions and Resolution of the image, then click OK.

  8. 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.

To place the picture file behind the plan

  1. In plan view, click Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options and turn off any layers in the plan view that are unnecessary to the end picture.

  2. Click File> Import> Import Picture to bring in the picture file that was exported in the previous section.

  3. Use the center edit handle to move the picture behind the plan.

  4. Use the Point to Point Resize  tool to resize the image to fit the plan. 

    • Find an object in the image, this object should have known dimensions in the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axis.

    • Click the Point to Point Resize tool then click two points on the object between which you know the dimension.

    • In the Point to Point Resize dialog, specify the desired distance between the two points.

    • Repeat the process in the Y (vertical) axis.

  5. Use the Point to Point Move  tool to place the image behind the plan.

    • Using the Select Object  tool select the image.

    • Click the Point to Point Move tool on your Edit Toolbar.

    • Click on a corner of the plan in the image.

    • Click on the corresponding corner of the plan.

Rooms with darker floors will display the room label better if the color of the label is changed to white. 

To modify room label attributes

  1. Using the Select Object tool, click on a room label to select it.

  2. Click Open Object to open the Room Label Specification dialog.

    • You may receive an Information message telling you that the room label text can only be modified through the Room Specification dialog. Click OK on this message.

  3. Switch to the Text Style panel.

    • By clicking the Use Text Style option, it is possible to change all rooms labels at the same time by changing the Definition of the Text Style selected.

    • By clicking the Use Custom Text Style option, it is possible to change just this one individual label.

  4. Now you can export the image by clicking File> Export> Export Picture so you can add it to a brochure in another program.

    Alternately, you can choose to print the image directly, or create a brochure layout and send the view to that using File> Send to Layout