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Changing the Direction of a Material's Pattern and Texture

Reference Number: KB-00194 Last Updated: 07-22-2014 01:46 PM
The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I have created a custom material and would like to rotate it so that its pattern and texture run in a different direction in 3D views such as shown in the tile bathroom shower image below.  How can I do this?  


ANSWER

In Chief Architect, materials display a pattern in vector views and a texture in render views.  Both can be rotated as needed in the Define Material dialog.  


To rotate a material's texture

In render views, materials are represented using textures.

  1. Click on 3D> Materials> Plan Materials . 


  2. In the Plan Materials dialog, make sure that the material you wish to rotate is selected, then click the Copy button.



     
  3. On the Texture panel of the Define Material dialog:  



    • Specify the desired Angle for this material.  

    • If you would like to adjust the Origin of the pattern, you can do so here, as well.  

    • When you are satisfied with your changes, click OK to close the Define Material dialog.  


  4. Apply the material to your object.


  5. To see the results, select 3D> Create Perspective Camera> Full Camera , from the menu and click and drag a camera arrow towards the object.





To rotate a material's pattern

In vector views, materials are represented using patterns.

  1. On the Pattern panel of the Define Material dialog:



    • Specify the desired Angle to which you would like to rotate the material's pattern.

    • Notice that the Material Name begins with "Copy of".  Edit this name so that it is more descriptive .

      * In Chief Architect X2 and prior, select the General tab of the Define Material dialog to find these settings.


  2. If you would like to adjust the origin of the pattern, you can also do this on the Pattern tab of the Define Material dialog.

    Note: You can access the Define Material dialog for this material to make changes at any time by following steps 2 through 4, above, and clicking the Edit button instead of the Copy button in the Plan Materials dialog.


  3. When you are satisfied with the changes you have made to your new material, click OK to close the Define Material dialog and return to Plan Materials dialog. 


  4. Apply the material to your object.


  5. To see the results, select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation  from the menu and click and drag a camera arrow towards the object. 


If you would like to use your rotated material in other plans select the material in the Plan Materials dialog and click "Add to Library".