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=Drawing a Floor Plan=
 
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Assume you want to draw a floor plan for your apartment. You got a printout of a floor plan from the landlord, showing the walls, door and windows, and a few (but not all) measures.
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Assume you want to draw a floor plan for your apartment. You got a printout of a floor plan from the landlord, showing the walls, door and windows, and a few (but maybe not all) measures, similar to this:
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[[Image:Floorplan_blueprint.jpg]]
  
 
If you did not get an electronic copy of the floor plan, the first step is to scan it. You will thus have a bitmap, and we will trace it into a vector image, but without using the automatic Trace feature of Inkscape.
 
If you did not get an electronic copy of the floor plan, the first step is to scan it. You will thus have a bitmap, and we will trace it into a vector image, but without using the automatic Trace feature of Inkscape.

Revision as of 23:16, 19 February 2008

Drawing a Floor Plan

Assume you want to draw a floor plan for your apartment. You got a printout of a floor plan from the landlord, showing the walls, door and windows, and a few (but maybe not all) measures, similar to this:

Floorplan blueprint.jpg

If you did not get an electronic copy of the floor plan, the first step is to scan it. You will thus have a bitmap, and we will trace it into a vector image, but without using the automatic Trace feature of Inkscape.

  • Open up Inkscape, and create a new layer, let's call it "Background".
  • Import the bitmap floor plan into it, and rotate it so that most of the walls are horizontal and/or vertical. Lock the layer.
  • adjust scale!
  • (adjust document size)
  • draw walls, doors and windows in a new layer "Walls"
    • Turn down opacity to about 60% to be able to see features on the Background bitmap.
  • draw your furniture in a new layer "Furniture"
  • print to scale?

See also