Ground Separations can be as key to your project as your walls! Used with imagination they can help you add much more realism to your Snapshots and HD Images. Without Ground Separations, you’re missing a great chance to improve your presentations from just structures and objects –
– into a more engaging and realistic setting for your project. Adding other elements to the image also creates a better sense of scale.
When you add Ground Separations you are simply defining new Rooms, inside your structure or outside, which contain textures and colors that you choose. To add them, make sure you are on the Build tab (1) and then you’ll find them in the Walls section (2). A single click on the dotted line (3) lets you draw multiple Ground Separations sections to create a complete polygon. As you draw the lines, they will easily stay horizontal or vertical as well as automatically reference other Ground Separations and Walls already in your project.
If you want to turn this inferencing off, simply hold down the Shift key as you draw. This is especially helpful when you are close to a lot of other lines and want your Ground Separations to stay true to your intent. To stop your string of Ground Separations, click again on the last point you placed or click on the delete key. If you start to draw one by mistake or change your mind as you draw it, finish drawing it and then delete it section by section. If you see what looks like just an end point, click on it and drag it out into a longer Ground Separation that you can then delete.
Ground Separations are great – unless they connect to your walls. If you do connect aGround Separation to a wall, you will have problems with your walls. You can see what happens below with both inside and outside walls. The image on the right (1) shows a close-up of the floor plan in Build mode with the Ground Separation snapped to the center-line of the wall.
If I leave just a tiny space between the wall and the Ground Separation (2), my results will be what I intended. I keep all of my Ground Separations, inside and outside, just slightly away from any walls. I draw my shape small and then drag the Ground Separations close to the walls. Zooming in and holding down the Shift key as you drag them will give you much better control over where they are positioned as you get close to a wall.
Now that I’ve showed you some of the pluses and minuses, lets get on to the really fun parts – all the great things you can do with Ground Separations! In this one project I’ve used Ground Separations in 10 ways. 1) stone driveway pads with grass between them, 2) two borders of decorative tiles around the indoor pool, 3) warning pads outside each locker room door, 4) lots of stone walkway, 5) even more grass, 6) a stream for swimming in case you don’t like the indoor or outdoor pools, 7) a flagstone pathway, 8) stone walkway pads with grass between them, 9) a parking lot and 10) lines for parking lot spaces.
I’m sure that you can think of even more ideas; like decks and gardens and seating areas. Be sure to explore the variety of textures available. I used stone, concrete, tiles, floor tiles and even fabric to get a variety of textures and color.
As we zoom in closer the project looks more and more interesting. Just what we want.
Once we’re down at ground level we have a lot to explore and all of it is improved by using Ground Separations.
Now it’s your turn!