Most of the frequently accessed tools are within easy reach in the toolbars.
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Setting up Preferences and Defaults before you start your plan can save you hours of work.
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Setting Preferences will change the user interface to suit the way you want to work in Chief Architect.
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Setting up defaults before beginning any project will improve your productivity and keep your project working smoothly.
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Layers and layersets can help declutter a plan without deleting the information.
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Drawing and editing CAD based objects is an essential skill to learn as the edit tools and methods are used for virtually all objects in Chief Architect.
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Draw walls using the exterior, interior, railing and foundation wall types.
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Specify the room type, have a vaulted ceiling or change the colors of the walls in the Room Specification dialog.
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Build a new floor and have Chief Architect build the exterior walls for you by deriving the new floor from the first.
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You can create custom room types and assign those room types specific attributes.
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Have Chief Architect derive the foundation plan from your first floor automatically.
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Become more efficient by learning how to utilize the different zoom tools.
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Learn how to move walls using dimensions, change where dimensions locate objects and change the colors of the dimension lines and arrows.
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Learn about the different dimension tools in this video.
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You can generate dimensions in a variety of views with just a single click of one of the Automatic Dimension Tools.
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Get the best camera views by becoming familiar with the different camera movement tools.
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Easily see your plan and a camera view at the same time by tiling your views.
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The different Artistic Rendering views are a great way to visualize your house in 3d.
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Cross Section and Elevation cameras make it easy to dimension and position objects vertically.
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Create beautiful pictures with Chief Architect's Final View, Final View with Shadows and Ray Trace tools.
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Save a camera view so you can go back and forth between it and the plan view without fear of losing the view.
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Adding doors and windows is just a click away with the window and door tools.
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Many kinds of staircases can be created with Chief Architect's stair tools.
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Chief Architect can create just about any roof style, with most common roof styles such as hips and gables easily generated automatically.
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Complex roof styles, including curved roof planes, can be created manually.
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There are several methods for creating dormers in Chief Architect. The dormer tools make it easy to create dormers.
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Chief Architect can easily create vaulted or cathedral ceilings.
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Use the automatic framing tools to quickly build framing, then use the manual framing tools to make adjustments as necessary.
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Learn the how soffits can be placed above wall cabinets and other soffit settings
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Chief Architect makes it easy to change materials using an item's specification dialog or the Material Painter.
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If you need to change the materials of several different components on an object, you can group select the items and change them all at once saving tons of time!
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You can create custom colors and materials using your own images or images from manufacturer websites.
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Wallcovering can be used on individual walls or on whole rooms and can create a variety of styles.
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With Chief Architect's CAD tools you can create high quality details for your designs.
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Learn how to use the Layout tool to create your Construction Drawings sending plans, sections and elevations to the layout in scale
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Add a terrain perimeter to start adding terrain features to your plan.
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Terrain elevation data can be added using the terrain tools.
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Learn how to adjust terrain for a walk out basement in this video.
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With the terrain tools you can add variety and detail to your landscaping projects.
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When drawing a deck with the Deck Railing tool Chief Architect automatically assigns the Deck room type to the room.
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Use the Materials List to make an inventory of the materials in your plan so far.
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The Auto Floating Dormer tool is a quick way to create a dormer that does not have walls extending into the exterior of the building.
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The Color Chooser allows you to select a color from a picture on your computer and use it in your plan.
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In your designs you may want to divide a room using different floor materials.
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Group cabinets in architectural blocks to easily move kitchen islands and other multi-cabinet groups.
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Chief Architect includes thousands of items you can use in your design project.
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Adding text is a simple and powerful way to add information to your plan.
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In a Cross Section view you can easily add details to show framing, wall, windows and other objects
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When a wall is accidentally drawn at an off angle, you will see an indicator on the wall to let you know that it isn't drawn at an allowed angle.
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Find and learn about plants in Chief Architect with the Plant Chooser tool.
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As part of the Parabola Bath project, we look at creating a custom vanity
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Save an image of a parcel map or lot, import the image, scale it and trace it to create a Site Plan or Terrain Perimeter
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Import a Surveyor DWG file, map the layers for the terrain elevation, terrain perimeter and other layers to create a Site Plan or 3D render of the Terrain
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The Auto Dormer tool will create a dormer for you with a single click that has bearing walls that extend into the room below.
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You can do significant modifications to dormers you create with the one click dormer tools by exploding them and editing all of the individual components of the dormer.
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When you have a small room with a low ceiling height within a larger room with a higher ceiling height you can create a ceiling shelf above the smaller room.
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The Quick Start class is a great way to get a quick overview of the major design tools in Chief Architect
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An overview look at many of Chief Architect's features from a project inception to construction document creation.
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Take an in depth look at the features and tools available in Chief Architect Interiors, including presentation tools as well as construction documents.
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