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ARCHICAD Design | Views Tutorial Series

In my new series of ARCHICAD video tutorials, I'll show you how to manipulate various settings to get a wide variety of effects, including:

  • Simplified and Sketch-style Drawings
  • Rendered Elevations and Site Plans
  • Brighter Lighting and Quick Ways to Try Out Different Surface Schemes
  • 3D Cutaways and 3D Documents
  • Quick Framing in 2D and 3D for Sections and 3D Views
  • Developing Your Design - Moving From Composites to Profiles
  • Progressive Detailing Using Profiles

These videos are being created and posted over a number of weeks - four of the 7 are currently available here on this page. 

I've prepared some resource files to make it easy for you to implement these methods in your own projects.

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You'll also get immediate access to the ARCHICAD Design | Views Resource Pack.

The Resource Pack includes over 100 elements including specially created linetypes, surfaces, building materials, composites and complex profiles, as well as Model View Options, Graphic Overrides and Favorites.

In just a few minutes, following my simple step by step instructions, you can have these tools integrated into your ARCHICAD projects.

ARCHICAD Design | Views 1 - Simplified Drawings & Sketches

In the first tutorial in the new series (24 minutes) I demonstrate how you can set up simplified or sketch-style drawings in ARCHICAD for client meetings and proposals. Sometimes it's advantageous to show less detail - or give a feeling of tentative, preliminary design - rather than use a hard-edged, overly detailed view.

ARCHICAD Design | Views 2 - Rendered Elevations & Site Plans

This tutorial (19 minutes) demonstrates interesting new ARCHICAD View options that allow you to use the same Elevation and Section markers for both rendered (shaded) views and construction document drawings. You'll also see some easy ways to add accurate or graphic shadows to add depth to a presentation site plan.

If you're not already on my email list, click this button to sign up and get the latest news about ARCHICAD tips, tricks and best practices methods, notification when I post a new video or article, ​plus get immediate access to the ARCHICAD Design | Views Resource Pack.

ARCHICAD Design | Views 3 - Lighting Tricks & Surface Studies

ARCHICAD Design | Views 4 - 3D Cutaways and Selective Views

This tutorial (21 minutes) demonstrates how to set up 3D cutaways in a wide variety of ways, plus explores options to selectively display elements by layer, type, story or renovation status. Use these for design and presentation. 

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Mohammed - November 19, 2018

Wonderful tutorial, Eric! Simple, yet, effective.

    Eric Bobrow - November 20, 2018

    Mohammed – Thanks for your enthusiastic feedback!
    I appreciate that you took a moment to post your comment.
    – Eric

Praveen D Shet - November 20, 2018

I want to lean

    Eric Bobrow - November 20, 2018

    Praveen –
    I want to help you learn!
    – Eric

Ian Reid - November 21, 2018

Excellent video. What I particularly like, over and above the really good tips you give, is watching your way of working, not always the same as me, but in many ways very similar: I like that I can gauge my working technique and its effectiveness (or lack thereof!) with yours.
I’ve been using archicad for almost twenty years and still learning!
All the best

    Eric Bobrow - December 15, 2018

    I love your attitude Ian – even as a veteran, you are open to new ideas and ways to improve your working methods!

Vic Swarts - November 21, 2018

Excellent Eric! Very informative and usefull.

    Eric Bobrow - December 15, 2018

    Thanks Vic for taking a moment to post your feedback!

Andrej Valent - November 22, 2018

Very good tips Eric. Thank you.

    Eric Bobrow - December 15, 2018

    Thank you Andrej!

RAYMOND - November 29, 2018

Thank you for this Tutorial,it highlighted many little tricks I was not aware of. Very Professional.

Regards Raymond

    Eric Bobrow - December 15, 2018

    You are very welcome Raymond!

RABIE - December 15, 2018

Dear Mr. Eric

Thank you for all your Tutorials and webinars,Very Professional

My big issue is when converting to Dwg files, the text or font were not the same and each time i modify them manually in Autocad. for example : Arial text in Archicad will be converted to Arial Arabic

best continuations


    Eric Bobrow - December 15, 2018

    Rabie – You can control font translation in the DWG Translation Setup. I’m not sure about variations inside a font (for example, to the Arial Arabic variation) however this is where I would look to gain control over the situation. I suggest you post this question on the ArchiCAD-Talk forum, since it is likely that others will have specific experience with issues like this.
    – Eric

Ezra Kachidza - December 24, 2018

Thanks Eric. Your tutorials have taken the procrastination off me. I am starting with ArchiCAD today.


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