Baseboard With a Hole Inside

SCARM does not allow you to “cut holes” in the layout’s baseboard. It will also deny drawing of crossed or overlapped lines in the baseboard’s shape, because this may lead to wrong renderings in the 3D Viewer. But you can pass over this by creating a special surrounding baseboard, as described below.

To create a surrounding baseboard, select “Edit” > “Create Baseboard” command and define your baseboard by following the line sequence on the sample picture, starting from the red circle:

While creating the baseboard, you can hold Ctrl key in order to draw exact horizontal or vertical lines.

“L” means left click with the mouse (places a corner point) and “R” means right mouse click (closes the shape by adding the last line). When done, press “3D” button in the toolbar and see the result in the 3D viewer:

You can define a cutout in the baseboard with any shape in this way and also make more than one inside:


It is not necessary to create all required holes at once – you can edit the baseboard at any time by inserting new points and move or delete the existing ones.

To insert new point in the baseboard’s shape, select baseboard (by left click over some of it’s lines), then right click over the segment in the place where you want to insert the point and select “Insert new point” from the context menu.
To move a point of the baseboard, select it, then hold left mouse button and move it.
To delete a point from the baseboard, select it and press Del key. If deleting is impossible (due to appearing of crossed lines after it), the point will be just deselected.

However, when more than 2-3 openings in the baseboard are needed, it will be much more easy to draw figures instead and make them look like holes. To do this, draw your figure with the shape of the cutout and set the Properties as follows:

Vertical position = 0
Height = 1mm (or 0.04″)
Color >> click over to open Color dialog box
  Press “Define Custom Colors” button and enter the following values:
  Red = 196
  Green = 224
  Blue = 255
Snap terrain to bottom >> place check-mark

Instead of proposed custom color, you can just use Black as a cutout color. The result will be something like this (both colors used in the example):

First method with surrounding baseboard is more natural (but hard to performed) while second method with the figures is more easy (but not so real, i.e. if your baseboard have legs, they will not be visible via figures). Both will do the job, so the choice is yours :)

See also
How to create baseboard
How to work with the figures

4 thoughts on “Baseboard With a Hole Inside

  1. Thanks for another great tip. I already had 2 ‘cut-outs’ in my board but they did not display correctly in 3D.
    After following this guide I am now one step closer to creating my perfect layout.

  2. you can draw the baseboards for a 2 level layout by outlining the first baseboard then having the line continue down and outline the second level below that

  3. Hi Jonathan

    If you are still around and for those of us a little more technologically challenged (ie for dummies) step by step instructions would be very helpful as I, after many attempts, can’t get this to work.


  4. Jonathan’s idea is to draw the two levels with one baseboard side by side in 2D. This is useful for clear look of both levels together. Unfortunately, these cannot be easily stacked one over another and in 3D and will also appear side by side.

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