In this session, we looked at how the Basic Tool set can help you to enhance your elevations and discussed how to use the Clip Cube to focus on a particular part of your project.
- 00:22 We started with an open file of a house and examined one of the elevations. Our challenge was that the model did not include a lot of detail, which left the drawing looking very plain. You might find that, when you create your elevation drawings, you want to add some things to the drawing that you didn’t model. This can be done in Viewport Annotation. We discovered that using the Basic Tool set, including some modes or commands that we didn’t typically use, could help us to transform the elevation quickly and easily. The 2D Polygon Tool’s Outer Boundary Mode was useful in adding heavier line weights to the outline of the building, while the Inner Boundary Mode was helpful for including hatches to the roof and walls. These additions made our drawing really pop off the page! In addition, the Rectangle Tool’s Three Point Rotated Mode was useful for adding lines that indicated our roof details. The marquee of the Reshape Tool can be used to grab multiple points and move them all at once or to delete them all at once. Lines can be quickly joined using the Join command–the keyboard shortcut makes it even faster! Lines can often be manipulated even more easily if you use the Compose command and turn them into one polygon. When adding patches of hatching to emphasize the wall cladding or roofing, the shortcut for the Create Similar Object command was a smooth way of creating another object with the same tool, class, and texture. The Basic Tool set is a powerful resource for quickly enhancing your drawings.
- 25:36 Next, we covered using the Clip Cube. First, I showed how adding the Clip Cube to your Quick Preferences bar (as well as other tools such as the Show Other Objects While in Edit Modes command) can really facilitate your work. Our challenge was how to work on a stair located on the interior of our building. We found that the Clip Cube could help us to easily focus where we needed to in the model. You can even rotate the Clip Cube if it isn’t orthogonal to your building! You can type the degree that you want into the floating data bar and use the Save View command so that you can easily restore the rotated Clip Cube in the future. We also used the Clip Cube to generate section viewports for our sheet layers.
- 39:47 We often underestimate how powerful the Basic Tool set can be. To emphasize this, we finished the session by deleting the lines that we had added in the Viewport Annotation and recreated them by using the Double Line Polygon Tool instead. In Vectorworks, there are always multiple paths to achieving your goals!
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