Displaying Studs on an Unfinished Wall

Reference Number: KB-03045
Last Modified: July 16, 2021

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I'm building an unfinished garage with exposed studs. How do I get these walls to display the framing properly in a camera view.

Garage with exposed wall framing


To see exposed studs, create a custom wall type with no interior wall layers, then turn on the display of the "Framing, Wall" and "Framing, Headers" layer(s) while in a camera view.

To display exposed wall studs

  1. Create a New Plan or Open  an existing plan where you want to see walls with exposed studs.

  2. Navigate to Build> Wall> Define Wall Types .

  3. In the Wall Type Definitions dialog that displays:

    Wall Type Definitions dialog with a custom wall type defined

    • Click on the Wall Type drop-down menu located in the top left corner to choose a wall type that contains a framing layer.

      In this example, the Siding-6 wall type was selected.

    • Select the Copy button to copy the wall type that was selected, then give it an appropriate name.

      In this example, the name is set to "Siding-6 Exposed Studs".

    • Select any Interior Layers that exist in this wall type, then click the Delete button on the right to remove them from the wall.

      In this example, a single Drywall Interior Layer was deleted. The Interior Layer containing a line style cannot be removed.

    • Make any other desired modifications to the wall type, such as changing the materials and thickness of the Exterior Layers, then click OK.

      For more information on customizing and defining wall types, along with the various settings located in this dialog, please see the "Defining a New Wall Type" resource in the Related Articles section below.

  4. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the wall or walls that you want to display studs for, then click on the Open Object edit tool.

    For more information on selecting multiple objects at once, please see the "Group Selecting Objects" resource in the Related Articles section below.

  5. In the Wall Specification dialog that appears, select the Wall Types panel, choose your custom wall type using the Wall Type drop-down menu, then click OK.

    Wall Types panel of the Wall Specification dialog where a wall type can be selected

  6. Create an interior Camera view looking towards one of the walls utilizing the custom wall type.

  7. If wall framing is not set to automatically rebuild, navigate to Build> Framing> Build Framing   while the camera view is active.

  8. On the Wall panel of Build Framing dialog that displays, place a check in the Build Wall Framing box, then click OK.

    You may receive a message stating the "Framing, Wall" layer is not displayed in the current view. Click Yes to see the wall framing in the camera view. You may receive a similar message regarding the "Framing, Headers" layer.

    Wall panel of the Build Framing dialog

    Note: If you don't receive the message(s) stated above while in the current view, the appropriate framing layers may already be displayed. This can be verified by accessing the Layer Display Options dialog or the Active Layer Display Options side window while the camera view is active. 

  9. Select 3D> Rebuild 3D to update the view and see the results.

    Full camera view of an area with exposed studs.

    If this wall type will be utilized in future projects, consider selecting a wall that is utilizing the custom wall type, then clicking the Add to Library edit tool. The wall will be added to the User Catalog folder within the Library Browser and can be selected and used to create new walls in your plans, similar to how the Wall tools work in the program.