Creating sheet layer viewports

Creating a sheet layer viewport from a design layer



Create Viewport


To create a viewport from a design layer:

Set the view to display in the viewport. If you’re creating the viewport from a clip cube (see Creating a sheet layer viewport from a clip cube), leave the clip cube active when selecting the command for easy access if you need to edit it later.

Select the command.

The Create Viewport dialog box opens. The viewport parameters are initially set to be the same as those of the design layer that is currently active, but they can be changed here. After the viewport has been created, additional parameters become available; see Viewport properties.

For Vectorworks Design Suite products, the Create Viewport dialog box has additional functionality for creating design layer viewports; see Creating a design layer viewport from an internal design layer.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.



Name viewport as Dwg No./Sheet No.

(Design Suite product required)

Select this option to automatically set the Viewport Name to be a combination of the Drawing Number and the Sheet Number assigned to this viewport.

Deselect this option to enter a custom Viewport Name.

Viewport Name

If Name Viewport as Dwg No./Sheet No. is not selected, enter a descriptive name for the viewport; this name must be unique in the document

Create on Layer

Select the sheet layer where the viewport will be created, or select New Sheet Layer to create a sheet layer. If there are no sheet layers present and a new one is not created now, you will be prompted to create a sheet layer after clicking OK.

Create drawing label

(Design Suite product required)

Creates a drawing label in the annotation space of the viewport

Use style/Use default settings

(Design Suite product required)

Specifies whether the label will use a style selected from the Resource Selector or the current preferences for the Drawing Label tool

Drawing Number

(Design Suite product required)

The next sequential drawing number available on the selected Sheet Layer defaults automatically. This number displays on any drawing label in the viewport’s annotations. This number must be unique on this sheet layer.

Drawing Title

Specifies a descriptive title for the viewport, up to 63 characters. The title displays for annotation objects in the viewport.

If Use Automatic Drawing Coordination is selected in document preferences, a change to this field for the viewport automatically changes the field for the viewport’s drawing label, and vice versa.


Specifies which design layers will be visible in the viewport


Specifies which classes will be visible in the viewport


Specifies the viewport scale relative to the page; select a scale or choose Custom and enter the scale value in Custom Scale

Detail Level

Select the detail level for symbols and plug-in objects in the viewport; see Customizing detail levels for 2D and 3D components of symbol definitions and plug-in objects.

Wall, slab, and roof components display at settings Medium and High.

Display planar objects

Displays 2D planar objects for all viewport view settings; when deselected, 2D planar objects display only in Top/Plan view

Display 2D components

Displays 2D components (when available) for symbols and plug-in objects positioned normal to the view; see Concept: 2D components for symbol definitions and plug-in objects. When the object has no 2D component for the view, the 3D component displays.

This applies only to viewports with hidden line rendering and set to a 3D view in orthogonal projection.

Display with clip cube

Associates the viewport with a clip cube. If there is an active clip cube when the viewport is created, the clip cube view displays in the viewport. If there is no active clip cube when the viewport is created, a clip cube is added that bounds all visible objects. Access the clip cube to change its dimensions when editing the viewport’s design layer.

Each viewport created with this option is saved with its own, editable, clip cube configuration.


Specifies the orientation of the design layers displayed in the viewport; select a cardinal view or choose Custom and then click Set View to specify the view

Set View

When a custom view is selected, click Set View to open the Rotate 3D View dialog box for the entry of custom view parameters (see Rotating precisely for more information)


Specifies the render mode for the viewport; some modes enable the Render Settings button, to specify rendering parameters

Render Settings

Available when the selected Rendering mode requires parameters to be set. See the following:

Shaded settings: Shaded options

Custom Renderworks settings: Custom Renderworks options

Artistic Renderworks settings: Artistic Renderworks options

Hidden Line, Dashed Hidden Line, and Final Shaded Polygon settings: Line render options

Sketch settings: Applying sketch styles to viewports

Display 2D fills

When Rendering is set to Hidden Line or Dashed Hidden Line, displays 2D fills for planar objects and 2D components; see Fill attributes

RW Background

Available when the selected Rendering mode is a Renderworks mode


Select the projection type for the viewport (see Projection)

Perspective Type

For Perspective projection, select the type of perspective, or choose Custom and specify the Perspective Dist (distance)

Elevation Benchmarks

(Architect or Landmark required)

Available when the project is set up with stories, and the View is Front, Back, Left, or Right (or otherwise parallel to the  Z-axis), and the Projection is Orthogonal. Opens the Elevation Benchmarks dialog box, to specify elevation benchmarks to link to the story levels (see Elevation benchmarks and stories).

Enter the desired parameters and click OK.

If a sheet layer does not already exist in the file, the New Sheet Layer dialog box opens automatically to create one.

The viewport is created on the designated sheet layer, and the sheet layer becomes active.

Creating a sheet layer viewport by cropping

Linking a camera view to a sheet layer viewport

Viewport properties

Modifying viewports

Updating viewports

Elevation benchmarks and stories


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