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#11716 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Sam Allen on 03 March 2017 - 05:14 PM

I think it would be great to see what you guys can do with Softplan.  I'm always a little reluctant to show what I do compared to you real pros (especially after the tech guys told me I was doing it wrong!!

That being said...I wanted to get into this with you so I've included a couple of my houses.

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#18685 Rendered Interiors

Posted by Douglas Morell on 13 April 2018 - 09:43 AM

very rarely do I have time for this kind of stuff, .. but an hour here, an hour there, ..  between more important things


These are Rendered Mode,

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#16458 Just won an award for one of our homes

Posted by Martin Livingston on 19 November 2017 - 10:16 AM

We just won an award for the most outstanding new home over 3000 square feet at the Peak Awards (kind of like the Academy Awards for home construction in Nova Scotia). Cool!



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#11803 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by David Edlin on 06 March 2017 - 10:41 AM

Ok What's your thoughts on this render/texture for a project.
David Edlin

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#18414 Playing around with transpericy and reflectivity site settings

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 28 March 2018 - 08:20 PM

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#17855 Craftsman column

Posted by Thomas Davis on 28 February 2018 - 04:31 PM

Hello everyone,


I did not like the stock "craftsman" column, so I modified it to better represent what I was looking for.

You are welcome to use it as you see fit.

I have attached the dwg file that goes into your 3D-3D Symbols-Post folder.

You then open System Library and copy the original craftsman post and rename it to whatever.

Click off and back on your newly created post and click "edit". Then you can select the new dwg post,

utilizing the file I have attached.


Hope this works wonders for someone like it has me. I never used the original craftsman post as I felt the proportions were not good for my use.


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#15492 New Project

Posted by Martin Livingston on 02 September 2017 - 05:57 PM

Having a bit of fun with the front renderings for a new project.

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#18812 screen porch

Posted by Keith Almond on 20 April 2018 - 08:46 AM

For screen doors, do you know that you can put the two openings together ... this effect works quite well.


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#18363 Greenhouse

Posted by Thomas Roman on 26 March 2018 - 06:41 PM

As Brent says, it's just a matter of playing with fascia depths, rafter depths, material defaults for opening, wall types, etc..


I turned of the roof sheathing, and told the roof materials to look like glass...


Trying to make custom stuff like this is a GREAT way to learn what softplan can do, tweaking the defaults..

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#17144 Having some fun with a back lit trey ceiling

Posted by Martin Livingston on 19 January 2018 - 07:26 PM

It took a while to get the settings right for the rendering but it was worth the effort!

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#10496 SoftPlan 2018 Update

Posted by Brian Berzinskis on 11 January 2017 - 03:35 PM

Straight from IBS

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#9254 Child window with multiple screens

Posted by Keith Owens on 29 September 2016 - 05:49 PM

You can also press the windows key and the left or right arrow to get a window that may be hiding to return.

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#5947 Renderings

Posted by Thomas Roman on 02 December 2015 - 03:27 PM

Nice question Jim..


Renderings certainly are the "New Normal" for us...


We get all the way through Owner design approvals without ever drawing a 2D elevation... All we show them is 3D... We add notes and comments with MS Paint as needed.. The attached is an example of what we show the Owner in lieu of 2D elevations...


We only start the 2D elevations for the Permit Plans..

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#17999 Taking My Softplan Renderings To The Next Level

Posted by Stacey Gaylord on 09 March 2018 - 05:05 PM

I would like to thank everyone for their input and guidance, I applied some of the information that you provided and gave it another try.  Let me know what you think. 

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#17998 Fine Tuning a roof

Posted by Yvon Gonthier on 09 March 2018 - 04:12 PM

You can do your 2 main roofs as one. You just have to make sure to attach the bubble to the porch side beam or the small wall return.

You should also be able to adjust the position of your intersection bubbles on the plan you show to the side beam or wall return. Just make sure you use Adjust to move the bubble to the required reference.

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#16835 Sketch Up and 3D

Posted by Michael Roman on 21 December 2017 - 09:12 AM

Here are a couple of samples that I have done for clients.  I have done more detailed renderings of commercial projects but I can't post those renderings without my clients approval.  For the residential renders I did not go all out adding furnishings as the client didn't want that.  Adding those extra items does make for a more realistic render though.


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#16716 Drawing cabinets

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 12 December 2017 - 01:37 PM

We have used Softplan extensively for cabinet design. We have been selling cabinets for some time and find the Softplan

cabinet design tools to work well. If there is not a "stock" cabinet in the Softplan Library we will design one to meet our customers

specs. The attached rendering shows tall cabinets on the left and right walls that were "built from scratch" using Softplans tools.

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#16207 Falling Leaves

Posted by Derrik Bauer on 02 November 2017 - 03:36 PM

Next time print the picture and then let it "fall" to the floor.    ;)

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#12508 Rendering finishing touches

Posted by Dave Pazyniak on 21 March 2017 - 08:55 AM

Thanks, Martin.  Here is how it came out...

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#11545 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Martin Livingston on 02 March 2017 - 06:46 AM



We need a section added to the forum so we can "show off" a project or two. I don't know about you guys but I produce upwards of 100 plan sets a year. Most of them are run of the mill, repetitive ones that, at best, can be described as "Meh".


A new forum group (let's call it "The Ego Wall") would give us a place to show off the projects that we think are unique. It would also probably generate some discussions about techniques with questions about "How did you do that?".


How about it forum administrators?


Here are two of my favorite renderings -

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