Presenting Plans

Designers in all professions use plans as their single most common form of graphical communication. If you are an architect, an engineer, a contractor, an industrial designer, or a real estate developer or are in any other profession that uses measured drawings every day, chances are, the ability to read plans has become part of your subconscious mind.

It is easy to assume that showing plans to your clients should communicate your design intent to them as clearly as you understand it. However, it can be helpful to step back a moment and realize that not everyone is trained to read plans. Understanding orthogonal (or orthographic) projection line drawings (which are really what plans are) is not necessarily an intuitive skill. Remember that we never actually experience "plans" as humans physically inhabiting spaces—instead, plans are abstractions.

Photoshop is a wonderful tool for making plans legible to almost everyone. By adding tonality, color, pattern, and shadow, plans are transformed into beautiful images that your clients can immediately understand. By enhancing CAD drawings, Photoshop can help you effectively communicate your design intent and thereby improve your organization's marketing potential. This chapter's topics include:

♦ Preparing Plans in AutoCAD

♦ Transferring Multilayer Drawings to Photoshop

♦ Using Patterns

♦ Layer Style Techniques

♦ Laying Out Plans on a Sheet

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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    What are the tips for presentating the autocad drawings?
    8 years ago

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