Plan shadows are an effect in the Plan view that adds depth
to the design while increasing its visual appeal. Plan Shadows, also known as
drop shadows, are separate from the shadows that are shown in the Realtime
Important: Plan shadows can slow down large designs
on slower computers. If this is happening to you, simply turn off plan shadows
until it is time to print the design or save screen shots.
To modify the behavior of plan shadows, click View
and Plan Shadows. The following dialog will appear:
Enable shadows in Plan view
Check this option to show drop shadows in the Plan view. This does not
affect the shadows shown during a Realtime Walkthrough.
length of each shadow can be modified in feet or meters by moving the Shadow
Offset slider or manually entering a value using the keyboard.
intensity of the shadows can be modified by moving the Shadow Darkness slider or
manually entering a value using the keyboard. A value of 100 will result in
completely black shadows.
Use time-of-day and compass
Select this option to tie the shadow direction to the time of
day and compass setting, which will cast the shadows based on the calculated
angle of the sun. The time of day can be adjusted from the Environment Settings, and the compass can be
rotated within your design. See Changing
the North Direction for more information on rotating the compass.
manually set a direction for the Plan Shadows, select the Custom Direction
option and move the slider to change the shadow angle. Alternately, type a value
manually using the keyboard. The shadow direction is shown in degrees, with 0
degrees being east, 90 degrees being north, 180 degrees being west, and 270
degrees being south.
As you zoom out from your landscape, the Plan Shadows will
eventually fade and disappear from view. This is done to improve the running
speed of the software while you are designing, and will not affect the
visibility of the shadows when printing or saving screen shots.
Controlling Shadows Per-Object
Whether or not an individual object casts a shadow can be
controlled manually using the Advanced
Object Properties dialog.
Note: Certain flat objects, such as text and
fill regions, will not cast Plan Shadows.