How to Create Columns & Beams in Chief Architect

by Carol Adams
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Chief Architect is a 3D application used by professionals, private individuals and students to create home and building 3D models and designs. Unlike some other 3D-modeling applications, Chief Architect is a dedicated architectural application with many features to create architectural elements. For example, if you would like to create columns or upright posts, such as those you might find supporting the roof of a porch, you can do it in Chief Architect.

Step 1

Start the Chief Architect application by clicking on the shortcut on the desktop. The interface opens with the menu at the top and the libraries to the right.

Step 2

Go to the "Library Browser" at the upper right and open the "Chief Architect" library. Click the "Architectural" folder and open the "Millwork" sub-folder.

Click the "Columns" folder to view the types of columns that are available. Open one of the subtypes and drag one that you want into the scene. Then select the "Spray-can" from the menu and apply the texture of your choice to the column. Save your work.


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About the Author

Carol Adams has been writing since 2009. She writes about graphics, 3D and video software for various websites. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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