How to create a custom Fill

Why would I need that?

Even though Archicad has a lot in its basic library, you might need a unique texture on the site plan, floor plan, or on Facades. For that, you will need to learn how to create a custom Fill! It’s easier than you might think!


Step 01: Pick the sample

It’s always easier to create a new Fill using the prototype picture, and that is how your future Fill will be precise. Pick the sample picture and import it to Archicad.



Step 02: Draw the pattern

You first need to copy it in any 2D window. Use Lines, Arcs, Solid Fills, and Hotspots.

NOTE: Don’t use Spline and Polyline – they will not appear in Fills.

TIP 01: Use Hotspots if you want to add more empty space to your Fill as everything will be trimmed to the outermost element.

TIP 02: If you have any vector PDF files (from any CAD software or Illustrator), you can import them as Drawing, Explode and use these Solid Fills for your new Fill.



Step 03: Copy, create a new Fill, paste

Select and copy your pattern (either by Edit>Copy or by using CTRL/CMD+C. To create a New Fill, you need to open Options>Fills. Click New, pick New Symbolic Fill, and give it a name. Please use the name that you will understand later. And no, “123”, “----” and “Fill” are not the Best names.

Paste your selection: Paste button.



Step 04: Set the scale, strokes, angle

It’s hard to add something to the heading on this step! Pick where this Fill will be available (Drafting/Cover/Cut). Play around with settings of appearance until you will see the best result in the preview window. It’s also great to create a normal Screen-only pattern

– it will be easier to identify this Fill in the list.



Step 05: Test your Fill in the model

Create a new Fill with the recently created Fill name and check the results! Now you can set these Fills not only with Fill Tool, but with Slabs, Zones and other elements.



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