How to Import and Scale a Background Image

Importing and precisely scaling a background image is easy in the Project Information stage when you keep the old adage in mind, Measure twice, cut once!

1. Before you begin, make sure the site survey or image plan you need is saved to your computer.

2. Go to Project Information and click Background. The file explorer will pop up, offering you the option to select the image saved to your computer and insert it.

Background Image

3. Once the image is inserted, new controls will appear at the bottom right of the panel. Use these to modify the appearance and scale of the image. 

Important: To activate the background image controls, make sure your background layer is selected. The background layer will be highlighted in blue when it's selected.

4. With the background layer selected, use Set Image Scale to zoom in on a known measurement. First, click from one side to another. Then, enter the correct size of that measurement in the pop-up window. 


You can also enter decimal measurements to set the scale.

For instance, if you enter 10.7 feet, the software will automatically convert it to 10 feet 8.4 inches and allow you to make any necessary adjustments.

Background Image Scale 1

If you have a measurement entered in inches, such as 6 inches, and you enter 10.7 feet, the software will automatically calculate and combine them to give you a total measurement of 11 feet 2.4 inches.

Background Image Scale 2

5. When your background layer is selected, you can also click the Invert Colors button and use the Move and Rotate tools to adjust the image based on the grid location. 

Tip: Press the hotkey K to turn off your angle snap and rotate the image freely.