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  1. I was drawing a pretty simple custom rail using the current toolset, but when I drew a section cut of the railing I kept noticing that the balusters were sunk into the raised bottom rail. Any idea why that happened? I was trying to insert a custom baluster that had a small decorative cap and base, but the base was always hidden inside the bottom rail.
  2. Thank you Yusuf. That feature request has been around so long, I suspect CA will get it in one of the next updates. Meanwhile that is a great work-around.
  3. I know we can force a deck railing outside the deck rim and mount it to the rim or fascia, extending it down below the level of the deck but how can this be done with stairs?
  4. I agree this was brutal, but it did allow me to create a symbol with 4 different objects which can be painted 4 different ways. Yes. It can be done in one step if you first create a symbol, but the railing is then a polyline. It can be done with more work using CA railing and a molding polyline. But the ASK for CA is to give us more controls in the railing dialogs to make this possible to do as shown.
  5. This is odd, but I cannot find an easy fix to this issue. The old cheapo deck railing on the outside of the rim using basic 2x2 pickets. This means we use a 2X4 or 2X6 top rail and a 2X4 or 1x4 vertical inside top rail piece. So since CA does not allow any offsetting of the middle rail to create this vertical piece I had to draw a custom top rail, as shown in the picture. Unfortunately, the balusters will only go up to the bottom of this custom shape, leaving a gap. I know there are many ways to get this to work, maybe with a 3d molding top rail over the same railing with no top rail, but you guys might have a better suggestion? This is how I want it to look without having to monkey around with all the various settings and work-arounds. Just getting those balusters tight to the rim joists was a real pain of incremental dragging.
  6. There are many threads here that brush through this process in Photoshop, but not in much detail. Can anybody provide a more step by step process? I think I puzzled it out myself by using the tool "Filter" and "3d", But the first time I tried it told me to turn on my graphics processor, which I guess was off by default. It took me a while to find that setting in PS. I'm just not clear on the various option settings for "Generate Bump Map". So I just used the default setting and got reasonable results. I was trying to get a better looking Board & Batten siding than those I could find in CA, so I took a decent image off Google and generated a much better result in Standard View. PBR tends to show a bright line where the shadows are. I'm looking for feedback.
  7. During the supply chain delays, I had one contractor request I provide the truss layout and show the revised shape so he could build them by hand. The local truss shops were so far behind it did not make sense to wait on a small remodel.
  8. Great way to solve the problem!! Thanks so much for finding that Glenn
  9. I always seem to bump up against CA's limited plan fill patterns, and CA says there is no way to make a custom fill pattern in plan view, even though we can make a custom fill pattern in vector view using the texture file. It would be nice to export that pattern into the pattern library and use it in plan view also. Or even import new patterns from other sources. Anybody have a workaround for this?
  10. My two structural engineers are overloaded also. For now. I suspect that the coming downturn will change all of that for everyone.
  11. Thanks Eric. Those are great video's on how to work around these column, newel problems. That will save me so much time on future projects until CA listens to what you've asked for!
  12. I'm sorry if this has been asked and answered already, or if I'm missing something obvious, But does CA allow us to adjust the newels and post to beam spacing so that I can have wider spacing on the posts and tighter spacing on the newels??
  13. I followed Rene's tutorial on making a symbol. It took me half a day, but I finally got a good symbol that gives me decent results. The frame cuts the wall nicely and has stretch planes that work well with 2x6 walls. Now that it is done, I can insert much faster than the above work-arounds.
  14. Okay. But making a spherical backdrop should be easy, when we are at the clients home most cell phones will do panorama shots. Any idea what settings will work best? DH7777 is correct about the limits of what CA offers, but every 3d image I've seen Rene create has very nice spherical backdrops. It cannot be too hard to make the right edits in PS if we know what the rules are.
  15. Wow. How did I miss this powerful reference tool??!! I'd created so many work-arounds for showing the remodel views with the existing construction and there was now a tool inside CA that did that same thing! Thanks so much Michael