GiD Tips

Quick access to previous views

Each time you move the model in GiD a view is saved. You can swap between these views quickly using these buttons in the standard toolbar.


This action can be done both in preprocess and postprocess also through the menu View->Zoom->Previous/Next.

Change render from status and information bar

You can quickly change the render mode from the status and information bar.

Click on the Render button and the render mode will change between Normal, Flat and Smooth in a loop.


The Status & Information bar located at lower part of GiD’s Window, provides basic information at a quick glance.

Get more information in the user manual.



You can visualize your model with shadows effect, both in preprocess and postprocess mode.

This feature provides a better depth perception of the 3D model and a more realistic rendering.
Change the light direction (View->Render->Change light direction) and see how the shadows move.

This option is available in menu View->Advanced viewing settings.
In the window you can activate the shadows and set several options such as color or quality.
Find more information about this feature in the Reference Manual.

Mirror effect

Use the floor mirror effect for nicer visualizations.


This option can be activated both in preprocess and postprocess through the menu View->Advanced viewing settings.

In the window you just have to activate the mirror option.

Full screen

GiD can be used in full screen mode.

In this mode the top menu and the toolbars are not showed and GiD fits with the size of your screen.

Full screen is interesting when you are working with 3D stereoscopic view because you get a better immersion.

This option can be activated both in preprocess and postprocess through the menu View->Full screen or pressing F11 key.

How to create child layers

A geometric representation is composed of four types of entities, namely points, lines, surfaces, and volumes.

A layer is a grouping of entities. Defining layers in computer-aided design allows us to work collectively with all the entities in one layer.

You can create a layer inside another one, this new layer is called “child” layer.

You can do it from Layers and groups window in preprocess mode. Just go to Utilities->Layers and groups

Create childs selecting the parent and:

  • clicking the “create child”¬†button
  • right-click and select New child

Join volumes

It’s possible to merge volumes without losing attached data.

With this option two or more volumes connected by shared surfaces are joined in a single one. That option avoids deleting manually the shared surfaces and selecting the new boundary.


Go to Geometry->Edit->Join->Volumes in the top menu and select all the volumes that you want to join.