Customize your pool bottom in any shape or depth your client needs.
Pool Slope and Pool Depth Video
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Pool Slope – Single Pool Slope
The Pool Stage has 2 unique controls under Stage Options in 2D. The first option is Single Pool Slope. Useful for the average geometric or free-form pool shape. To set the depth of the pool, select the pool to activate the Pool Depth buttons.
When you left-click the Single Pool Slope button, your viewport is split into two sections; the top half shows the direction of the depth relative to the pool, while the bottom half represents the profile of the depth.
Depth Direction: The direction of the depth is displayed by a dashed line showing an arrow at the end to show the direction and the depth points that are on the depth profile. To change the direction of the depth, move the cursor to the dashed line, the cursor will change to a rotate icon, click and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse in a clockwise or counter-clockwise path to rotate
Depth Profile: The depth profile is a line, stretching from one side to the other, that reflects how deep the pool is at any given point. You can move, add, or remove points which will be reflected in 3D. Below all depth points, a distance is displayed which reflects the distance between depth points.
Pool Coves: By default, the pool cove creates a smooth transition between pool walls and floors, resulting in a more realistic pool bottom. Uncheck this option to create a hard edge.
Cove Radius: This control allows the radius of the Pool Cove to be adjusted from 6″ to 12″. Default is 8″.
Point Height: This box allows you to customize the exact position of a height point by either clicking on feet or inches and typing a number, or using the arrow buttons, or simply using your mouse wheel while it hovers over one of the two sides. The values in this entry box will adjust as you move points around in the bottom view, and vice versa.
Smooth Angles: When you select this option, the distance between depth points will be curved, creating a smooth bottom to the pool.
Hard Angles: When you select this option, you will have straight lines between the depth points, resulting in hard angles at the bottom.
Pool Slope – Multiple Pool Slopes
The second option is Multiple Pool Slopes. Useful for "L" shaped pools, or unique shaped pools. This works very similar to Multiple Slopes for Terrain. To set the depth of the pool, select the pool to activate the Pool Depth buttons.
When you left-click the Multiple Pool Slopes button, your drawing tools are activated. You have the ability to draw lines and arcs to set the pool slope. Use the Line, Arc and Outline tool to draw pool contour depth lines.
Lines drawn in Multiple Pool Slopes do not have to be complete shapes. Single line and arc segments can be drawn to create the contour depth lines. To end a line segment without completing the shape, Left-Click on the last point or press Esc.
Each contour can be given a different depth in the panel menu. If only one contour line is drawn, the entire pool will be set to that depth. Enter the 3D View to see the pool slope.
While Multiple Pool Slopes is active you have 2 additional options:
Contour Depth: This box allows you to customize the exact depth of a contour by either clicking on feet or inches and typing a number, or using the arrow buttons, or simply using your mouse wheel while it hovers over one of the two sides.
Reset: This button resets all changes to the pool depth of the selected pool.
Note: "Reset" is not an undo button. It will reset all contour depths of the selected pool. You may undo Reset with the Undo button.
For beach entries, see our beach entry article.