Creating a Fire or Flame

Reference Number: KB-01830
Last Modified: June 22, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


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

ray traced firepit 


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

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

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

  4. Click Tools> Symbol> Convert to Symbol , choose Geometric Shapes as the Symbol Category, and click OK.

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

  6. 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.