Now that you have an account and are ready to start designing your project, take a look at some of the buttons, toolbars and menus that could take your Neo designing experience to a whole new level!
First step is the creation of a new project, which starts on your home screen by clicking on the ‘Add Project’ button. Give it a name and click on ‘Add Project’ and you’re in, with a brand new canvas to play with! The top left of the page has the name of the project you are working on, that you can change any time you please. Next to this, as you keep going right, you will find in this order: metrics – which changes how your design is measured, the ‘Save’ icon to save your progress, and the ‘Undo’ and ‘Redo’ buttons. Following this is the ‘Erase’ icon that wipes your canvas clean, so you ca start afresh, every time!
The next button after ‘Erase’ is the nib-shaped ‘Wall’ tool and the ‘Room’ tool. This tool helps you draw individual walls or rooms directly into your design. For a more detailed instruction on how to make rooms and a floor plan, click here.
Once you’ve placed products inside the floor plan and now need to rearrange it, the first thing is to click on the component itself, which will open up a context bar for options to make changes. By clicking on ‘Rotate CW’ ‘Rotate CCW’, the object can be rotated clockwise and anticlockwise, in small degrees, allowing you to put it at the angle you want.
IF for some reason, replacing a product has to be done, you don’t have to go back all the way to your catalogue to look for similar components, you can do the exact same thing by clicking on the ‘Similar Products’ icon. A list of alternative options for the same component open up, to replace instantly as you click on it.
In the same menu, right by the ‘Similar Products’ icon is ‘Clone’, which duplicates the product chosen as many times as you like. The best thing about clone is that, when you edit the properties one of the cloned products, the changes get reflected in all the others right away!
The context bar here also has a ‘Delete’ button to remove the product entirely from the floor plan and ‘Edit Properties’ which will let you make the changes to the dimensions, textures and any other property of the component you can think of!
The select tool let you drag a cursor over products and select them for them to be grouped or ungrouped for convenience.
The top right of your screen has the ‘Share’ button to easily share your designs with your colleagues and even your clients, reducing the turn around time for feedback. This corner also has the help section that has articles, videos and links to the knowledge base which will help should you get stuck somewhere.
A quick detour into floor plans: Neo also gives you the option of uploading your own floor plan and tracing over it so no time is wasted in creating the plan all over again. Simply scan and update your plan into Neo, that’s it! The option to do this is on the top right of the canvas.
Once you’re on a mode, where the designing is taking place, Neo gives you the option of changing to the ceiling and eve the background plan mode so details like the sun position and the outside of the house can also be tweaked.
If you come back to the left of your page, the first button is ‘Catalogue’ which is essentially a repository for products and ideas. From here components can be added to the shortlist to be used later. From furniture to doors, this catalogue has got it all! Like something? Click on the heart and it gets added to your shortlist! Divided into categories like lighting, food and beverage, furniture and more, the ‘Catalogue’ is as convenient as it is it useful! If you don’t like a particular product and it doesn’t fit what you had in mind, you can also request for designs or even upload them from your own computer. Pretty neat, right?
The catalogue also has shapes and mouldings and other decorative products that can be added to your project by getting it to the shortlist to be used later. For clearer details on how to use these shapes, click here.
The ‘Inspiration’ is a catalogue of pre-designed ideas to either be used directly, or to in parts in your own floor plans. These inspirations are designed to get the blood flowing to help add that special je ne sais quoi to your designs! Clic here for a video on more detailed instructions on how to make the best of ‘Inspirations’.
Neo gives users the option to add and create new textures to walls, ceilings and floors with panels, colours, materials and even tiles!
Use the ruler icon on the left menu to make quick measurements of rooms, products and more. Under this icon is the ‘Settings’, which will allow you to change the settings of walls, like opacity, colour, thickness, etc.
Once you have a filled in floor plan, to see what the room looks like in 3D, click on the 3D button on the top right of your canvas. This not only helps you get an understanding of what the room looks like, but also lets you make last minute changes in the design itself. This mode also gives you the option of zooming in and out and even view the plan in full screen.
The 3D mode in Neo also gives users the option to do a walk through of the design at any point in the process, to adjust the camera angle, perspective and more, to make your renters perfect! Set the outside lighting and time and you’re ready to fire off renders!
Renders, which have been revolutionised by Neo, allow you to click and finish the process in a matter of minutes, in the quality of your choice.
Don’t forget to save your project before you leave!!