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How to Create Animated GIFS with ARCHICAD | GRAPHISOFT

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  • Use

    Architectural renders
  • Applications

    Animated GIFs
  • Characteristics

    Easy to create, versatile

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Animated GIFs are a powerful way to communicate architectural concepts and design processes. This simple and effective tool allows you to tell a story through a sequence of illustrative images.

1) Provide a Consistent Viewpoint
Images for animated GIFs can be created with 3D Views, 3D Documents or 2D elements placed on Layouts. In the first two options placing a Camera or saving the current Zoom in the View Settings / 2D/3D Documenting / Zooming (don't forget to uncheck 'Ignore Zoom and Rotation when opening this View') makes sure that viewpoint remains the same. If you want to work with 2D elements the usage of Trace and Reference can be a great help in placing the elements in the right position.

2) Change Something Within the View
After finding the fixed viewpoint save individual images with changing content which will make the feeling of moving images. The most basic technics are the following:

  • hiding elements - good for presenting a design concept
  • cutting the building - easiest way to present a construction process
  • overriding colors - an analysis, a renovation or the design context can be described with this method

Tools to make changes:

Tools for hiding elements in ARCHICAD:
Tools for cropping elements in ARCHICAD:
Tools for overriding elements in ARCHICAD:



Save Views, Publish the Views Set
After saving the 3D Views or 3D Documents (or being ready with the Layouts) a Publisher Set has to be done. In ARCHICAD the last step is publishing them into an image format.

Create a GIF
In ARCHICAD you can publish Views in a GIF format but not as an animated GIF. For creating the animated GIF you need an external application. Almost every image editor application can create animated GIFs. There is also a wide range of free applications for this purpose.

Step-by-Step instructions:

Presenting the Construction Process

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1) Prepare your projectMake sure that in the Element Default Settings under 'Categories and

  • Properties' the 'Structural Function' and the 'Position' is defined.
  • Make sure that all the Composite Structures have a 'Core'
  • Make sure that all the elements are assigned to a proper Layer
  • Make sure that all the elements belong to the right Home Story

2) Set up the View optionsSet up a proper Layer Combination

  • Set up the Graphic Overrides Combination and Rules

3) Create the 3D

  • ViewsFind a good Camera View in 3D or save the Zoom within the 3D View
  • For the first View do the following settings:
  • Change the Partial Display Structure to 'Core of Load-Bearing Elements Only'
  • Select the proper Graphic Override Combinations
  • Use the Layer Combinations
  • Activate the Filter and Cut Elements in 3D and change the option 'Stories to Show in 3D' to
  • 'Limited' and set the required range. (example: From: Basement, To: Basement). Check the
  • 'Trim Elements to Story range' as well.
  • Save the View
  • Repeat this workflow for all the other stories but with a different Story range (example: From:
  • Basement, To: Ground Floor, then To: First Floor and so on)

4) Set up the Publisher Set

5) Create an animated GIF in a GIF maker application

General Visualization

Graphisoft | Animated GIFs

1) Set up the Graphic Overrides Combination and Rules


2) Create the 3D

  • ViewsFind a good Camera View in 3D or save the Zoom within the 3D View
  • place Guide Lines or normal 2D Lines in the Floor Plan to define the location of the cutting planes. Place them by an equal distance. Based on the Guide Lines you can place the 3D Cutaway or you can use the Marquee Tool as well
  • Show Marquee/Selection in 3D
  • Repeat this workflow with all the other cuts

3) Set up the Publisher Set

4) Create an animated GIF in a GIF maker application

Renovation Process

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1) Define the Renovation Status of elements
2) Create the 3D Views

  • Set up a 3D Floor Plan using the Axonometry Top View (Tip: use the 'Look to Perpendicular of Clicked Surface' command)
  • Cut the 3D model using 3D Cutaway
  • Save Views with different Renovation Filters

3) Set up the Publisher Set


4) Create an animated GIF in a GIF maker application

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