Online & Mobile Training Videos



Number   Title Duration
301
The Basic Edit Types

There are six Edit Behavior modes that determine how edit handles affect an object, and may also affect how objects are drawn.

08:55
302
Setting Array Copy Intervals, Angles and Quantities

The Multiple Copy edit button makes it easy to create regularly spaced or concentric copies of any object or group of objects.

05:18
303
Polylines - Breaking Polylines

The Break Line edit tool can be used to create two types of breaks: partial breaks and complete breaks.

04:41
304
Polylines - Merging Polylines that Overlap

Use the Polyline Union edit button to combine two or more closed polylines or solids into a single object.

01:48
305
Polylines - Subtracting Polylines that Overlap

Use the Polyline Subtract edit button to subtract the area of one object that overlaps another object of the same type to create a third, new object.

04:57
306
Using the Trim and Extend Commands

The Extend Objects and Trim Objects edit tools allow you to lengthen or shorten a variety of CAD objects and framing members.

05:20
314
Cutting a Hole in a Floor Platform

Use the Hole in Floor Platform tool to cut an opening in the floor platform.

02:29
315
Setting Platform Depths - by Floor or by Area

You can specify the thickness and framing materials used to construct floor and ceiling platforms on a floor-by-floor basis in the Framing Defaults dialog.

04:28
316
Designating Platform or Balloon Framing Conditions

Select Generate Between Platforms in the Wall Specification dialog to fill in the gap between floor or ceiling platforms when the selected railing or invisible wall separates rooms with different floor or ceiling heights.

06:55
317
Building a Floor that Ledgers inside the Foundation Walls

Instead of bearing on the foundation wall, create a floor that hangs on a ledger inside of the foundation walls.

10:28
318
Dropping a Floor and Raising the Ceiling of a Room

Use the settings in the Room Specification dialog to set floor and ceiling heights.

16:38
319
Changing Multiple Joisted Floors to Slabs

A room's default floor structure and finish definitions are determined by its Room Type.

06:36
320
Foundations with Exposed Brick and Brick Ledge

Brick ledges can be produced in stem wall and pier foundations.

08:54
321
Crawlspace Foundation with Framed Interior Bearing Wall

Place a bearing wall in the crawlspace of the foundation and frame it using these instructions.

06:38
322
Split-level Foundations

A split level, or tri-level, structure is a building where the floor level in one part of the plan is located approximately half way between the floor and ceiling levels of another part of the plan.

09:57
323
Split-entry Foundations

A split level entry, or divided entry, is characterized by an entry door that opens onto a landing positioned half way between the basement floor and first floor levels.

13:43
324
General Framing Strategy

Framing can be produced both manually and automatically, and can be calculated in the Materials List.

06:45
325
Creating Stacked Plates on Foundation Walls

Create a double plate condition between the foundation and first floor platform.

06:27
326
Specifying Where Joists are Cut

Bearing Lines direct the program to lap or butt joists where they cross the line, instead of framing across it to the next wall.

06:03
327
Mixing Joist Depths and Directions on the Same Floor

Joist direction lines define the direction in which joists run in a floor or ceiling platform and can only be drawn in floor plan view.

08:19
328
Drawing with the Beam and Post Tools

Posts and beams are not produced by the automatic framing. They can only be created manually.

11:19
329
Drawing Exposed, Sloped and Decorative Beams

There are several methods for creating decorative beams, including the framing tools, soffits and 3D molding polylines.

06:17
330
Drawing Columns

Square, round, tapered and decorative columns are easy to create and place.

19:48
331
Building the Wall Framing

The Wall, Openings, and Headers tabs in the Build Framing dialog are all referenced by the program to determine how walls are framed.

08:48
332
Editing the Wall Framing Detail

Wall Details are a special type of wall elevation view in which only the studs, plates and headers used to frame a selected wall display.

06:50
333
Controlling Unwanted Wall Framing

Check Retain Wall Framing to preserve the framing of the selected wall when the wall framing is globally rebuilt.

03:08
334
Framing a Plan's Walls with Variable Stud Spacing

The Framing material type can be used to calculate stick framing quantities when assigned to the Main Layer of a wall type definition.

05:37
335
Using a Framing Reference

Framing Reference Markers are reference points that specify how to lay out automatically-produced framing.

08:11
336
Adding Blocking and Bracing

Roof, wall, and joist blocking can be drawn manually.

05:37
337
Mitering a Framing Joint with the Fillet Tool

Mitered joints can be created using the Fillet Two Lines edit tool.

00:45
338
Displaying Framing as CAD Lines

Check Use Line for Framing in CAD Defaults to show all framing members as single lines rather than as closed polylines in floor plan view.

01:51
339
Framing with Floor and Ceiling Trusses

Floor and ceiling trusses can be used instead of joists to frame platforms

07:44
340
Balloon Framing Walls

Select Balloon Through Ceiling to have the top of the wall go past the ceiling platform, and if there is a wall directly above, the framing will continue upward to its bottom plate.

07:38
341
Deck Framing Techniques

When a Deck room is created, the floor platform is modeled using joists, beams, posts, and planking as specified in the Deck Room Defaults dialog.

22:49
342
Placing Deck Posts and Footings on a Module over a Terrain

Deck posts and footings will locate contoured terrain below them.

05:43
343
Framing a Roof

Basic roof framing can be automatically generated and then modified manually.

08:56
344
What is a Truss?

Roof trusses can be used to frame roofs and ceilings.

01:46
345
Setting Truss Defaults

The Trusses tab of the Build Framing dialog allows you to set parameters for trusses before they are drawn.

02:17
346
Framing a Truss Roof System

Roof trusses can only be drawn manually, and created where roof and ceiling planes already are present.

04:15
347
Framing a Truss Roof System without Lookouts

Lookouts and blocking are easy to remove if your truss system does not require them.

02:33
348
Framing a Cantilevered Truss Roof System

To create a cantilevered truss system, you need to use Raise off Plate when building your Roof.

04:16
349
Framing with Energy Heel Trusses

To create a truss with an energy heel, a vertical member is added over the supporting wall and the bottom chord stops there rather than extending into the overhang.

03:45
350
Using a Truss Base to Truss Intersecting Roofs

A Truss Base is a closed polyline that defines the area in which valley fill roof trusses are to be built across and above the tops of normal, full size roof trusses.

06:23
351
Hip Trusses - Building a Step-down Hip

Step Down hip roofs are the quickest style of hip truss framing to produce.

04:23
352
Hip Trusses - Building a Sub-girder Hip

Subgirders are the partial trusses that butt into the doubled truss at the end of the main run.

04:25
353
Framing with Scissor Trusses

Trusses drawn between roof planes and sloping ceiling planes of a different pitch than the roof are called Scissor trusses.

07:58
354
Framing with Attic Trusses

Attic trusses, a variation of roof trusses, can be drawn if a plan contains an Attic area on both sides and above an upstairs room, such as in a Cape Cod style home.

06:09
355
Editing and Locking a Truss

If a locked truss is moved, it will maintain its original settings.

02:48
356
Locking a Truss to Frame a Skylight Well

Adjust the framing manually in order to create an opening for a skylight well.

04:56
357
Viewing Truss Labels and Schedule

Labels for roof trusses display in floor plan view when the layer is turned on.

02:58
358
Remodeling Overview

In these remodeling videos, we will develop a process for developing remodel and addition plans.

09:40
359
Getting As-builts - Importing 2D Files and Converting Lines to 3D Walls

The CAD to Walls tool can be used to convert CAD lines in floor plan view into architectural objects.

19:32
360
Getting As-builts - Importing 2D Files to Lock and Trace

Once you've imported a 2D CAD file, you can lock the lines and trace over it to create a 3D model.

04:15
361
Getting As-builts - Tracing a Picture of Existing Prints

Import a photograph of blueprints in to Chief Architect in order to trace over them to create a plan.

05:34
362
Showing an As-built's Mask on a Remodel Plan

Create a 2D CAD Block mask to represent the as-built structure.

13:23
363
Coordinating Layers to Show Existing, Demo and New

Control object display by creating custom layers and place objects on them.

07:25
364
Coordinating Wall Types to Show Existing, Demo and New

Represent existing, demo, and new walls by creating and using differing wall types.

15:49
365
Coordinating Layers and Room Definition to Show Demolition Walls

Use Invisible Walls to create separate areas with room definition.

21:47
366
Developing 3D Views of the Remodel Components

Use layers to control elements of the remodel or addition in 3D views.

14:14
368
Creating a Dynamic Wall Legend

Use walls and text to create a wall legend of the different wall types in your plan.

12:16
369
Creating Matching Textures for Deck Planking, Rim, Rail and Stairs

Change materials for deck and stair elements to match in camera views.

11:00
370
Spanning 2 Inline Walls with a Window Block in 2D

As a normal window cannot be placed at an intersection of two walls, a window symbol needs to be used to represent this remodel condition.

13:01
371
Spanning 2 Inline Walls with a Window Symbol in 3D

As a normal window cannot be placed at an intersection of two walls, a window symbol needs to be used to represent this remodel condition.

20:29
372
Calculating Remodel Materials

A Materials List is created for items within the closed polyline on the current floor.

20:41
373
Resizing Stair Sections

Use edit handles, or the Staircase Specification dialog, to resize stairs.

02:44
374
Merging Stair Sections to Form Subsections

Stair sections can be connected as they are drawn, and straight sections can be changed to curved stairs.

06:12
375
Treads - Locking Tread Width

Once locked, any changes to the length of the stair section are achieved by keeping the specified tread depth and changing the number of treads.

02:38
376
Treads - Ignoring Subsection Boundaries

Uniform tread depth in a stair section with subsections can be maintained by checking Ignore Subsection Boundaries in the Staircase Specification dialog.

04:35
377
Treads - Retaining the Number of Treads

When Lock Number of Treads is selected and the length of the stairs is changed, the tread depths will change.

02:09
379
Customizing Stair Landing Shapes

Landings can be edited like other closed polyline-based objects to create custom shapes.

08:24
380
Locking the Position of a Stair Landing

If you specify a landing's height, that landing becomes locked and will maintain that height no matter how the stairs connected to it are adjusted.

04:40
384
Drawing Concrete Stairs with Sloped Risers

Change the materials on a stair to create a concrete staircase.

06:54
385
Drawing a Single Steel Stringer Stair with Concrete Tread

Check Single Stringer in the Staircase Specification dialog to form a single stringer in the center of the staircase.

02:14
386
Drawing an Exterior Stair from Grade to 2nd Floor

Create a landing to connect exterior stair sections between floors.

09:34
387
Creating a Wheelchair Ramp

There are several methods for creating curved stairs in your plan

17:57
388
Drawing Curved Stairs

Curved Stairs can be created in floor plan view by using the curved stair tools.

04:36
389
Configuring and Placing Curved Stairs

Straight stairs can be drawn in a curved fashion by drawing them against a curved wall.

04:41
390
Aligning Curved Stairs to Fit a Curved Wall

Turn on Arc Centers and use Point to Point Move to align curved stairs and walls.

01:51
391
Aligning a Curved Wall to Fit Curved Stairs

Use the Copy/Paste Hold Position tools copy and precisely position walls and stairs on another floor.

05:45
392
Aligning Curved Stairs Across Floors

Winders are steps located where a staircase turns and are narrower on the inside of the turn than they are on the outside.

03:44
393
Building U-shaped Winder Stairs

Enclose the underside of the staircase using walls.

02:32
394
Controlling Walls beneath Winder Stairs

A staircase can be enclosed on one side by a combination of wall and railing.

03:26
395
Enclosing Only Part of a Staircase between Two Walls

Using the Winders setting in stairs allows you to have a handrail die into a wall, part way up the staircase.

09:55
399
Creating a Brick Half-wall and Cap with a Room Molding Polyline

15:46
307
Basic Ceiling Types and Their Materials

By default, cathedrals ceiling use the ceiling material set in the Room Specification dialog.

10:38
308
Drawing Cathedral Ceilings

A cathedral ceiling has the same pitch as the roof and is created using the underside of the roof above the room.

03:08
309
Drawing Vaulted and Curved Ceilings

A vaulted ceiling typically has a different pitch from that of the roof.

04:56
310
Creating Tray Ceiling Effects by Raising a Ceiling

A tray ceiling is flat in the center and sloped around the perimeter.

03:05
311
Drawing a Suspended Ceiling with Grid and Tile

You can create a dropped, or suspended, ceiling by specifying its structure in the Ceiling Finish Definition dialog either for a room or the defaults for a floor.

11:22
312
Creating a Coffered Ceiling Element with Recessed Backlit Panel

Use a combination of tools to create a coffered ceiling with a recessed backlit panel.

07:26
313
Creating a Coffered Ceiling with Multiple Recessed Panels

Create multiple sunken panels in your ceiling using Molding Polylines and Polyline Solids.

05:47
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Distinguishing New Framing and Calculating Its Materials

Use layer sets for framing to indicate which is existing and new in a remodel condition.

17:22
378
Showing and Hiding a Directional Stair Arrow

Use Display Options to turn on or off the layer of stair direction arrows.

01:25
381
Displaying Newels and Balusters in Plan

Check Draw Newels/Balusters in the Staircase Specification dialog to display newels and balusters in floor plan view.

04:33
382
Drawing Flared Stairs with Curved Tread

Any stair section can be flared and/or its treads curved using the Flare/Curve Stairs edit button.

04:22
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Adding Starter Tread

The first and second treads of a staircase can be turned into starter treads by clicking the Starter Tread edit button.

01:37
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Trim and Molding - Overview

Chief Architect offers a wide selection of trim and molding options.

16:09
397
Drawing and Combining Molding Profiles

You can customize library molding profiles and also create your own custom profiles and add them to the library.

11:18
398
Expanding and Filleting a Room Molding Polyline

The Fillet Two Lines edit tool allows you to modify a room molding profile.

04:40
400
Using the 3D Molding Polyline to Create Exposed Log Rafters

Log rafters can be created by using a 3D Molding Polyline with a circular profile applied to it.

09:56
401
Creating a Bell-shaped Ceiling Skylight with a Custom Molding Profile

Using several Chief Architect tools such as custom moldings allows you to create elements such as domed skylights.

13:16
Some features in the training videos may not be applicable in the Lite or Interiors versions.