Create a wide variety of unique shapes for your design, including upright arches, ramps, decorative elements and pergolas, with the Custom Shape and Pergola Stage.
Custom shapes and Pergolas are created using the drawing tools.
Custom Shape Video
Custom Shapes – Stage Options
With Custom Shapes, much of the work on this stage is done in the 3D view. Shapes drawn in the 2D view can be tilted upright on the axis in the 3D view. This allows an upright arch to be drawn flat and then tilted up.
When creating custom shapes it is important to understand how Height and Elevation relate to your shape. The height is the thickness of the object while the elevation is the distance the object is above the ground.
With some custom shapes, the height will represent the length of the object. Cylinders are created by first drawing a circle and then setting a height to represent the length. A 5-foot-long cylinder would be created by drawing a circle and giving it a height of 5 feet.
Height: The Height control is located under the Stage Options. To set an object’s height, enter a number into the Height box or use the up and down arrows. For custom shapes, height represents one of the dimensions of the object.
When creating an object such as a balcony or an upright arch, the height is the thickness of the object.
For example the height of a balcony would usually be 6 inches, representing the thickness of the balcony.
Point Height: To set an object’s height, enter a number into the Height box or use the up and down arrows.
For custom shapes, height represents one of the dimensions of the object. In 3D these points are represented in Blue.
The Blue Points make it easy to adjust the entire face of an object: you can set a custom height at each corner or you can use the Blue Center Point to adjust the entire face evenly.
Automatically Set Point Heights: This button will automatically set the point heights.
Reset All Points: This button resets all points to the height set in the height box. Please Note:
This is not an undo button. It will not undo just the last change you made to the custom shape. It will undo every point height change you have made to the shape. You may undo the reset with the Undo button.
Lip Style: The Lip Style Control is also located under the Stage Options. Select the lip style for your custom shape from the drop-down menu. A preview of each style is to the left of the name.
Lip Height: This control allows the height of the Lip to be adjusted from 1″ to 6″. Default is 3″.
To create a flat edge, simply select the Lip Style None from the drop-down menu.
Create Custom Lip Profiles: Left click the Custom Profile button to open the Lip Styles Library. In 2D, draw the profile with the flat side to the left, and save it to this category.
Elevation: Elevation can be manually set under Object Settings, but it is more common to adjust the elevation by selecting the object in 3D and moving it using the 3D gizmo.
For custom shapes, elevation refers to the vertical position of the object in relation to the ground. When an object is elevated, it means that it is floating above the ground.
To adjust the vertical position of a selected custom shape, you have the option to manually set the elevation using the controls located under Object Settings.
If the Auto Elevation box is checked, the custom shape will automatically be placed on the ground. However, if the box is unchecked, you can manually enter an elevation value into the Elevation Box. Increasing the elevation will raise the object higher above the ground, while a negative elevation will position the object below the ground level.
NOTE: Elevation is measured from the bottom of the object.
For example, if the top of an object that has a height of 14 feet and an elevation of 10 feet, the top will be 24 feet above the ground. Along the same line, an object with a height of 10 feet and an elevation of -8 feet will appear 2 feet tall in the design.
1. Draw the Shape in 2D
First use the regular tools to draw a flat shape in 2D.
Once the shape is complete, set the Height under the Stage Options tab to 1 ft.
2. Rotate the Shape in 3D
To manipulate the shape in 3D, use the Move and Rotate Tools.
When the Rotate Tool is active, you will see rotating arrows on the 3D gizmo. These arrows act as guides to show you the direction in which each arrow of the 3D gizmo will rotate the shape. This makes it easier for you to understand how the shape will be rotated and adjusted.
Use the Rotate Tool gizmo to rotate the shape to an upright position. This allows you to bring a shape from flat on the ground to standing straight up.
The alignment button in the center of the 3D gizmo allows you to change the orientation of the arrows between world or object alignment.
Use Elevation to place the shape on the ground.
3. Appearance in 2D
By default, the 2D view shows a top-down view of all objects. Therefore, only the top of objects that have been titled straight up will show.
Editing Rotated Objects in 2D
Objects that have already been rotated can be edited in the Panel with Edit Object button or under Object Modification with Reset Object.
Edit Object: This button will temporarily reset a shape back to its original state to allow you to edit it. Pressing the button again will rotate it again.
Reset: Pressing this button will reset the shape back to its original state before being rotated.
Pergola – Stage Options
Adjusting pergolas is as simple as double clicking on any section.
When you double click on a section of the pergola, the panel menu will update and display the available options.
You can also click on different sections in the panel menu to switch between them. This allows for easy and convenient customization of your pergola design.
Height: This option allows the pergola height to be adjusted.
Pitch: This option allows you to create an angled pergola.
Posts: Toggle allows you to add or remove columns to a selected pergola.
Square or Round: Choose between Square or Round columns.
Add Post: This button allows you to add a column.
Thickness: This control allows the thickness of the columns to be adjusted.
Spacing: This control allows the spacing of the columns to be adjusted.
Rafter Supports: Toggle allows you to add or remove rafter supports to a selected pergola.
Add Support: This button allows you to add a rafter support.
Height: This control allows the height of the rafter supports to be adjusted.
Thickness: This control allows the thickness of the rafter supports to be adjusted.
Spacing: This control allows the spacing of the rafter supports to be adjusted.
Profile: This control allows the profile of the rafter supports to be customized.
Double Support: Toggle allows you to add or remove double supports to a selected pergola.
Rafters: Toggle allows you to add or remove rafters to a selected pergola.
Add Rafter: This button allows you to add a rafter.
Height: This control allows the height of the rafters to be adjusted.
Width: This control allows the thickness of the rafters to be adjusted.
Spacing: This control allows the spacing of the rafters to be adjusted.
Inset: This control allows the rafter to be inset.
Profile: This control allows the profile of the rafters to be customized.
House Ledgers: Toggle allows you to add a house ledger to a selected pergola.
Rotate Framing: Toggle allows you to rotate the framing 90 degrees on a selected pergola.
Slats / Solid / None: Allows you to add or remove slats or a solid cover to a selected pergola.
Add Slat: This button allows you to add a slat.
Height: This control allows the height of the slats to be adjusted.
Width: This control allows the thickness of the slats to be adjusted.
Spacing: This control allows the spacing of the slats to be adjusted.
Inset: This control allows the slats to be inset.
Profile: This control allows the profile of the slats to be customized.