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  1. And so my client, the builder, can share it with his client. I sent it to the builder via Google Drive, but are there alternatives? These walkarounds are huge files.
  2. I don't see sloping walls. I see a perspective view.
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    Line Drawing Rendering of Plan Views

    Yep, that's it DzE. Thanks! And Eric, thanks for the nice example.
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    Line Drawing Rendering of Plan Views

    A successful guy in my locale always does this, using hand-drawns for all conceptual work. I know he doesn't do CAD. He has always employed a "draftsman," and I am pretty sure the work gets done using ACAD. My guess is that this one, shown below, got done by doing the asbuilt measure, likely by the draftsman with maybe his boss the archy taking photos and writing notes, then the draftsman produces an ACAD layout, and the boss traces it by hand on a light table.
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    Line Drawing Rendering of Plan Views

    So what is the technique, Eric? I believe that is precisely what Jen needs. That, plus a good hand-drawn font for some skimpy notations. We want to be able to .pdf it. I am hoping it is something quick and easy.
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    Ray trace 3D object shadows

    The plant is "half" 3d. The leaves are 3d, but the flowers are images, and the images are rectangular, specified as always facing the camera. The rectangles are treated as opaque surfaces when Chief renders the shadows. Dig into the SU model, going component withing group within group, until you get to where you can select the flower images. When you do the select, you can clearly see the rectangle. I attached a screencap. Think about the effort it would take in SU to model the flowers in 3D, and you'll understand why the modeler chose to use images. The SU model is very cool, but won't work in Chief for rendering. Show us how it looks in standard render view, and in vector, and in PBR. Edit: I attached a render of an image no Hill Country interior should be without.
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    Help custom muntins in archtop window

    That was it, Joey. I apparently had too much overhang in CAD. Thanks!
  8. Something is not working. I drew the CAD lines, blocked the whole set, but the window won't generate the custom muntin arrangement. File attached. Ted Volz.plan
  9. Is there a way to recover this if it has been deleted?
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    Creating a Partial Lower Floor

    Just redraw it with lower floor first as Floor 1. The crawlspace under it is Floor 0. Other might say your Floor 1 is done on slab with frostwalls, but you must need to do what you do because of soil conditions. Houses along the front range in Colorado, Ft Collins to Colorado Springs, suffer bentonite clays in soils that require an approach like yours. They call the bottom floor, if framed, a "structural" floor. Typically (in better construction) the foundation walls are supported on piers that go to bedrock.
  11. That was interesting, Michael. And it made me come around to the thought I had when confronted with this task. What if we could select a ceiling plane, use a (new) command to view it orthographically from below (i.e., "looking up at it") and then use material regions to create a flat board "coffered look" array of elements. Here is my room, ceiling doodled with the look I want. I used soffits for the "boards" that run up from wall to ridge, and p'line solids for the boards running parallel to ridge. If doing it again, I will use the solids throughout. It is easier because all the basic CAD work is done in one section view, then it is plan view and some editing, replication, mirroring, and DONE!
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    Creating Orders using Chief Material List

    You need to analyze carefully to compare: The time spent to make an accurate model, with the clock started where you typically stop and call a project finished enough for permitting and construction. The time spent to do a detailed and accurate material takeoff, from those construction documents. The editing I do to "finish" a model in order to produce a usable material list always begins with editing every single elevation of exterior wall framing. The structural plans for floors and roofs are part of the con docs, and for my projects, have been edited to portray the build, so the material list for those elements is already accurate. If you are building with trusses, your material lists, no matter how accurate your model, will not have all the bracing elements, so you'll need to do something about that. The workaround I use is to draw a 2x4x16' once into a roofing plan, copy/replicate it by the number you think the truss system will need (including temporary bracing) and put these on a layer that is then turned off. I do the same for wall bracing materials. Once you have done a couple of models this way, it goes quickly.
  13. A room addition moves the living space to its larger environs, and the client wants the same flat-board molding panel scheme done to the 5:12 ceilings, as is elsewhere in the as-built house. How is this efficiently done?
  14. Thanks to all. I lowered the sun intensity to 1500 and also changed the sun angle. The job is sited for lat and lon and time, so I set the sun for May 1 at 10 a.m. Anybody have a tasteful 3D female, nude, to use in shower renders? I used to have one, but lost her. The 3D Warehouse only has models clothed in gym wear or swimsuits. And no, I've tried, you cannot remove the clothing.
  15. The cabinet with the dark door (dark both frames and panels) has the same material specs as the others in the row, including one that is a copy of the one with the render error. What in PBR is causing this? The rainbow "adjust material" tool picks up both frame and panel, when selected, as Knotty Alder, which is what you see elsewhere on all the cabinets.