In this session, we went through the steps I use to edit a plant image in Adobe Photoshop and how that can help you create a better image prop in Vectorworks. We also covered templates (what should be in it and how to make one) and how a template, your Favorites, and Libraries work together.
- 00:09 We started off with a plant image. In particular, I didn’t like the angle of the image—we were looking down on the plant instead of looking at it straight on from the front. Using Adobe Photoshop’s Lens Correction tool, I changed the angle and vertical perspective, before using other tools to crop off the bottom leaves and erase bits, giving me an image more to my liking. Then we went back to Vectorworks and demonstrated the steps for creating a mask and the image prop. You can find many image props of plants online. Many are already cleaned up with white backgrounds.
- 09:03 Before demonstrating how to make a template, we reviewed what should go in one. For example, setting up your Default Story Levels is more important than actually setting up your story levels—determining your defaults helps keep your story names and elevations consistent across your projects and makes it so that your wall styles, which you’ve created with components that rely on story elevations, actually work when you go to use them. Once you’ve put all the template things that you want into your open file, it’s actually very easy to create the template file: Just go to File and click on the Save As Template command. Vectorworks saves the template in your User Folder, which you can always find by opening Vectorworks Preferences and clicking the User Folders tab.
- 27:31 Templates should just hold the basic things that you use on every project—no need to overstuff your template file. There are other places to keep all the other stuff. For example, you can add a file filled to overflowing with useful resources to your Favorites in the Resource Manager. That way, you can still have access to your favorite stuff, while keeping a lightweight template. We covered how to bring sheet layers, classes, worksheets and other useful Vectorworks things—things that you probably already have set up in your Library or other project files—into your current file so that you can be more efficient and productive!
Getting Started May 2019