Create a shape for the pool by using the drawing tools to design a new shape or by using a template.

Designing the Pool


Changing a Complete Pool Shape: There are two main ways to change a pool shape once you have already completed it. You may use the Move tool to drag the segments of the pool to lengthen them. You can do this by selecting one of the segments of the pool with the Move tool and then dragging it. The other segments of the pool will increase as you drag the selected segment. The Perpendicular Constraint helps when using this method.


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You may also change the shape of your pool by deleting and redrawing segments. Select the pool shape with the Move tool. Then select one segment by clicking on a midpoint or two segments by clicking on an end point. Press the delete key to delete the segments. You can now redraw the deleted segments and change the shape of your pool.


Pool Water: The pool will have water in it while in 3D.  To make it easy to work on the interior of the pool, you can hide the Pool Water under Hide/Unhide until you create the 3D presentation in Presentation Mode. 

Steps and Benches: Steps and benches can be added to your pool in the Steps and Benches Stage.

Pool Interior: Surfaces may be applied to the pool interior in the Materials Stage.

Stage Options

Height: This option allows the pool height to be adjusted.

Outer Line: By default, the coping line of the pool is represented by an outer line around the pool shape. Uncheck this option to hide this line in the 2D view and in Construction.

Height Label: By default, the height of the pool is labeled. Uncheck this option to hide this label in the 2D view and in Construction.

Coping: Toggle that allows you to add or remove coping to the pool.

Coping Width: This control allows you to adjust the overall width of the coping. The limit ranges from 1″ to 18″.

Lip Style: Here you can select the lip style for your coping from the drop-down menu. A preview of each style is to the left of the name.

Lip Height: This control allows the height of the Lip to be adjusted from 1″ to 6″. Default is 3″.

Water Level: This control allows the water level to be adjusted. The default is – 3″, half the height of the default waterline tile height. Set to 0″, for the water to appear at the bottom of the pool lip. Set a positive value to move the water onto the lip. Note: The value cannot be set above the Lip Height.

Waterline Tile: This option allows you to add a tile line to the pool. Uncheck this option to hide the tile line.

Tile Line Height: This control allows you to adjust the overall height of the tile line. The limit ranges from 1″ to 36″.

Insert Spillover

To add a spillover, select the pool to activate the Insert a Spillover button.  When you left-click the Insert a Spillover button, the spillover will automatically snap to the edge of the pool.  When you move your cursor to the viewport, the spillover will follow the pool until you left-click to place it. The spillover will also conform to the shape of the pool, bending around corners and curving around arcs.

Once the spillover is placed, you can customize the Spillover by using Spillover Options under the Object Tab.

Spillover Options: 

Type:  3 options are available Spillover, Forward Negative Edge and Reverse Negative Edge.

Covered Spillway: This option allows the beam to continue over spillovers. Uncheck this option to remove coping from above the water feature.

Pressure: This slider allows you to adjust the pressure at which the water flows over a spillover or edge feature.

Length:  This control allows you to set the length of a spillover or edge feature, adjusting how wide or narrow it is. As you increase the length of the spillover or edge feature it will continue to conform to the shape of the pool.

Adjust the length in a single direction with the Spillover grab handles. With the Move tool, click and drag the points at the end of the Spillover to adjust it.

Water Flow: This check box turns the water flow of a water feature on or off. This allows you to show the dam wall clear of the water from the feature.

Volume: This slider allows you to adjust the sound of the water feature in 3D and Presentation Mode.

Pool Slope – Single Pool Slope

The Pool Stage has 2 unique controls under Stage Options in 2D.  The first option is Single Pool Slope.  To set the depth of the pool, select the pool to activate the Pool Depth buttons.

When you left-click the Single Pool Slope button, your viewport is split into two sections; the top half shows the direction of the depth relative to the pool, while the bottom half represents the profile of the depth.

Depth Direction: The direction of the depth is displayed by a dashed line showing an arrow at the end to show the direction and the depth points that are on the depth profile. To change the direction of the depth, move the cursor to the dashed line, the cursor will change to a rotate icon, click and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse in a clockwise or counter-clockwise path to rotate

Depth Profile: The depth profile is a line, stretching from one side to the other, that reflects how deep the pool is at any given point. You can move, add, or remove points which will be reflected in 3D. Below all depth points, a distance is displayed which reflects the distance between depth points.Pool Slope - Single Profile

While Single Pool Slope is active and your viewport is split into two sections you have 2 additional options:

Smooth Angles: When you select this option, the distance between depth points will be curved, creating a smooth bottom to the pool.

Hard Angles: When you select this option, you will have straight lines between the depth points, resulting in hard angles at the bottom.

Pool Slope – Multiple Pool Slopes

The second option is Multiple Pool Slopes.  To set the depth of the pool, select the pool to activate the Pool Depth buttons.

When you left-click the Multiple Pool Slopes button, your drawing tools are activated.  You have the ability to draw lines and arcs to set the pool slope.  Use the Line, Arc and Outline tool to draw pool contour depth lines.

Lines drawn in Multiple Pool Slopes do not have to be complete shapes. Single line and arc segments can be drawn to create the contour depth lines. To end a line segment without completing the shape, Left-Click on the last point or press Esc.

Each contour can be given a different depth in the panel menu. If only one contour line is drawn, the entire pool will be set to that depth.  Enter the 3D View to see the pool slope.

While Multiple Pool Slopes is active you have 3 additional options:

Reset: This button resets all changes to the pool depth of the selected pool. Please Note: Be careful, this is not an undo button. It will not just undo the last change you made, it will undo all contour depths of the selected pool. You may undo Reset with the Undo button.

Contour Depth: This box allows you to customize the exact depth of a contour by either clicking on feet or inches and typing a number, or using the arrow buttons, or simply using your mouse wheel while it hovers over one of the two sides.

Round Edge: When you select this option, you will smooth the transition between the pool wall and floor, resulting in a more realistic pool bottom. Note: The minimum contour depth to use round edge is 1 foot.

Freeform Shapes

To create a freeform pool, use the Arc and Freeform tools.  You can also import a background image as a guide for the freeform shape.

Negative and Infinity Edge Shapes

Add spillovers and negative edges to pools and spas, create catch basins, and create an inifity edge spa.

Beach Entry

To create a beach entry, use the outline tool to trace the line of the pool where the beach entry begins and set the contour depth to 0″. Next draw a second line to represent the end of the beach entry and set the contour depth to a value greater than 0″

Pool Information

Object Properties displays information and measurements about the currently selected Pool.

You can find the Area, Perimeter and Gallons.

For more information, see Object Properties.




The Library contains templates of previously drawn pool shapes. The templates are organized by Type under the Pools Category in the Design Tab.

Select the pool template you wish to insert and either click the Insert button or double left click on the image of the template. When you move your cursor to the viewport, the template will follow until you left-click to place the item.

Save Pool Templates

You can also save pool templates you have drawn for future use with the Save button. The Save button located at the bottom of the Library allows you to save your custom pool templates into the Library.

This box will display a preview image of the pool template you are saving to the library. Select the Category and Type and give your pool a template name. You may also enter a Description for the pool if you would like.

To create a new category or type, simply type in the new category or type name instead of selecting from the drop down list.

Press the Ok button when you are done.

In-Pool Seating

To create a dry in-pool sitting area, add a hidden spa to your design.

Vendor Pool Templates

The Library also contains pool templates from swimming pool manufacturers, found under each individual Vendor Name.

The Vendor Tab in the Configuration Menu allows you to control which vendor packages appear in the library. You must restart Vip3D for the changes you make to take effect. For more information, see Configuration.