Tutorials

The tutorials below walk you through the various features and functions of our premier DreamDraper interior design software. Whether you’re just getting started with the program or need to review, these videos will help you along.

**Looking for additional instruction? We also offer a number of webinars, private tutoring, group training and seminars! You can also refer to our Support & FAQs.

You may also wish to refer to our Guide to Toolbar Icons & Commands.

The tutorials are organized into these categories:

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Basic Features

Time-Saving Features

Design-On-A-Photo

Working with Color

Working with Fabric

Drawing Tools

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Please take particular note of each lesson’s description – many of the program’s features now have advanced capabilities available only in the latest G5 Gold release.  If you have the G5 Gold release installed on your computer, look for special G5 links in each tutorial’s description so you can view the advanced features.

Note: If you are using a slow-speed internet connection, each lesson may take several minutes to download. Depending on the settings of your monitor, you may have to scroll to the right or to the bottom to view the entirety of what is depicted in the lesson, or to see the controls.

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Introduction

Overview of the DreamDraper design program. This tutorial is a great summary of what you can accomplish with DreamDraper!

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Basic Features:

Getting Started

Familiarize yourself with the design workspace (called a canvas).

Preferences

You can customize the program so that it will automatically default to your preferences, such as font style for creating text, or fill color when drawing objects, and you can even set up your dimensions in metric measurements.

Size A Window

Size a window, or any object, to scale by inputting exact measurements, or you can dynamically size objects by dragging the mouse.

Find A Design

Learn how to navigate through the Design Library and find your favorite designs, faster than ever. The Design Library includes Break-Apart® designs and their components, plus standard components, furniture and accessories, decorative hardware, and space planning templates.

Click Away

This command allows you to deselect an object after it was selected. For example, when a design is ungrouped (taken apart), then all objects within the group are highlighted on the canvas. You will need to deselect all the objects (via the click-away) before you can work on just one of the objects. The click-away is also performed every time you change arrows (for example, going from the Default Design Mode to the Custom Fill Mode).

Group and Order

Learn how to group multiple objects into one object, and take them apart again – Group and Ungroup. This allows you to build a complete design made of many components and group them into one object so that the entire design can be moved together without coming apart, or sized at one time, or copied to another canvas at one time. Learn how to select and deselect objects on the canvas. Learn how to move objects in front of or behind other objects.

Flip and Align

Learn how to create a mirror-image of an object. For example, create a drapery panel for the left side of a window (to scale, filled with color or fabric) and easily create the panel for the right side of the window. Learn to align the tops of the panels so that they are perfectly lined up.

Design on a Perspective

Use these tools to angle a design to fit a bay or corner window, or to design on top of a photo where the walls are at an angle. The Perspective tool will symmetrically skew a design on all sides. The Free Distort will allow you to skew a design asymmetrically, one side at a time.

Change Line Thickness (Stroke)

Change the line (stroke) thickness of your design. You may want to increase the stroke if working with a busy or dark fabric, or decrease the stroke if working with a sheer.

Create Translucent Sheers

Create a translucent sheer out of any design element. This works on plain drawings as well as those filled with color and fabric.

Create Translucent Windows

Add color or wood grain to a window frame and create translucent panes so that you can view a landscape photo through the window.

Text

Add text to your rendering. Edit the text, change font style, size, and color.

Create a JPG

Create a large jpg of your design, suitable for printing or presentation purposes.

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Time-Saving Features:

Search for Designs

Quickly find a design by entering a keyword, description, or pattern name or number. Then all the designs or components that match those criteria will be displayed.

Rename a Design

Rename a design and customize the description to fit your own business.

Add to Favorites

Add a design to your Favorites collection so that you can quickly find it. This eliminates having to browse through categories to find your favorite styles.

View Selected Designs

While browsing through the Design Library, you can select designs for further review, thus narrowing down your choices to your top candidates.

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Photo Crop – I

Cut out furniture in your photo and place on top of your window treatment designs, in just a few seconds.

Photo Crop – II

More examples of cropping with the Drawing Tools.

Eliminate Background – TKO: Total Knockout

Insert images of furniture or accessories into your rendering, and remove the background color with a click of your mouse. The TKO can remove one or multiple colors from backgrounds of photos taken from vendor websites or other sources.

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Working With Color:

Quick Fill

Fill designs with color, fabric, or textures, with a single click of the mouse!

Add Color

More examples of adding color to a design. With complete Design Freedom, you can add color (or fabric) to any part of the design – and all without having to ungroup the design.

Add Detail Color – I

More examples of adding color (or fabric) to the detail trim and areas of contrast of your design.

Add Detail Color – II

More examples of adding color (or fabric) to the detail trim and areas of contrast of your design.

Add Detail Color – III

More examples of adding color (or fabric) to the detail trim and areas of contrast of your design.

Color Palette

You can fill a design with any color of the rainbow, from vibrant hues to soft pastels, using the features of our color palette.

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Working With Fabric:

Quick Fill

Fill designs with color, fabric, or textures, with a single click of the mouse! (This lesson is the same as the Quick Fill lesson under Working with Color, above.)

Fill With Fabric

Custom fill a design. This lesson shows the more advanced technique of using the second arrow (Custom Fill Mode) to add different fabrics to a completed design, without having to ungroup the design.

Add Your Own Fabric

Add your own fabric to the Custom Swatch Library and size the fabric to scale.

Crop Your Fabric

Crop your fabric to show a perfect repeat or remove rough edges of a swatch.

Style Eyedropper

Using our exclusive Style Eyedropper, you can quickly transfer a fabric print, texture, pattern, color, or even transparency from one design element to another.

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Layers

Create options for your client using layers. Hide or reveal options, fabrication or installation instructions, and pricing information. Layers make designing on a photo, wall elevation, or floor plan a breeze, as you can totally isolate sections of your design so that they are immovable and totally undetected by your mouse!

Drawing

Draw walls and molding to create a background setting.

Drawing Bays

Use the Drawing tools to create walls and background settings for bay and corner windows.

Edit Points

Alter the shape of your designs using Edit Points. Pull on the Edit Points handles to change a straight line segment into a curved line segment, and vice versa.

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When you click on one of the tutorial links, the lesson will download to your computer and start playing. Each lesson is only about 3-to-5 minutes in length. The image at right is a miniaturized depiction of a lesson. You can start, pause, fast forward, and rewind each lesson using the controls located at the bottom of each lesson:

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