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How to use random staggered patterns in DomuS3D®

DomuS3D® VENUS tips&tricks episodes

How to apply a random staggered pattern (Natural stone)

Today we'll show you the incredible power of dynamic patterns DomuS3D offers you.

Note: the same feature described below is available also as a movie in the DomuS3D channel. Go to the bottom of the page to find out the link.

1.    Open the Navigation window and choose a point of view where you can see the surface (floor, wall, ...) you want to tile with a staggered pattern. In the COMPONENTS window on the left side of the screen, enable the PATTERNS section; then, in the Search field, type “random” and click Return keyboard key (this is a trick to filter just the staggered patterns among the hundreds available in the Application's database). Staggered patterns are ideal in order to tile using parquet items (hardwwod) and natural stone.

2.    Choose the Surface selection moode in order to apply the pattern over the surface you're going to point out.

Now set the grout and rotation valuese, then drag and drop the pattern over the floor (or any surface you want to tile that way).


As you can see, we've choose a pattern made by 2 items, but there are available also staggered patterns with up to 5 five different items. Look at the image below: there you can see the dynamic pattern linked to the floor. Green and red colors witness that you have available 2 slots for real items, and you're soon going to replace those generic colors with real tiles textures.

3. Now, go to the COMPONENTS window on the left side of the screen, enable the TILES  section, specify you want to tile as a Floor (which means to repeat the tile all over the destination pattern area) and choose Surface as Destination: look at the image below.

4.    Now it is time to replace the sections (slots) of the dynamic pattern with real items from the Application's database. We will select an item for the red section of the pattern, and a second one (but could also be the previous one) for the green.

5.    Before aplying tiles, remember to set the correct replacement mood. As you can see in the next image, you need to enable the button “Change similar tiles”: this is for the Application to know that we need this item to be replaced all over the same items format in the green/red section of the pattern.

6. Drag and drop the tile over one of the pattern sections (eg. green)

You can see that the pattern automatically resizes itself and hosts the tile you just dropped. Do the same for the second item (on the red, missing section of the pattern).

You can keep on replacing tiles over the existing pattern (colors, compatible formats, ...); in this way you can taste the power of dynamic patterns, that allow you to quickly changing tiles in existing patterns.

Note: If you wan to extend the pattern to the window's niche, right click your mouse on the new floor, and choose command "Extend floor tiling”...

... and finally select  the extension you want to draw with the left mouse button.

This feature is available also in the DomuS3D User Manual (click here to download it):

- Using dynamic patterns on floors (page 82)
- Using dynamic patterns on walls (pag. 90)


Click here if you want to see a movie related to this feature


If you get to the  DomuS3D - YouTube Channel, you will find several movies related to the most important features of the Application. Write us if you feel there is some important movie missing, and we'll do our best to complete the video learning channel per farne richiesta.