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Creating Etched Glass Cabinet Doors

Reference Number: KB-01076 Last Updated: 05-12-2014 08:21 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I have an open floor plan in which I would like to know how to create glass door cabinets in Chief Architect with doors on both the front, and the back so that items stored in them can be accessed from either side.

I would also like to know how I can create and use an etched glass type material on these wall cabinets.

How can I accomplish these tasks?



ANSWER

Doors can be added to bot the front and the back of cabinets by using the Cabinet's specification dialog and then apply a custom material to the glass panels of the doors.


To add doors to both the front, and back, of your cabinets

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and choose to Open  the plan in which you want this cabinet.


  2. If you do not already have a wall cabinet placed in the plan to which you want to make these changes, select Build> Cabinet> Wall Cabinet .

    Although we are using a Wall Cabinet for the purposes of this example, a Base Cabinet or Full Height Cabinet could be used as well.


  3. Once the Wall Cabinet is placed, use the Select Objects  tool to select it, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.


  4. Select the Sides/Back tab and under Back Side, use the drop-down menu to select Match Front.

 

While etched glass doors are not available by default in the Library Browser in Chief Architect, you can easily import, or modify, existing materials to create an etched glass effect.

To add etched glass style doors to your Chief Architect plan, let's start by applying glass doors to our wall cabinet.



To apply glass doors

  1. Select the Door/Drawer tab, and click on the Library button to display the Select Library Object dialog.



    In Chief Architect X2, select the Front tab and click the Door Style Library button to display the Select Library Object dialog.


  2. In the Select Library Object dialog, browse to a glass door style that you would like to use and click OK.   

    For the purposes of this example, we browsed to Architectural> Cabinet Doors, Drawers, & Panels> Rectangular> Framed> Divided Glass EP.


  3. Make any other necessary modifications to the cabinet, such as its size, the hardware that is applied to it, or its materials, and click OK once more to exit out of the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.


Now that we have finished modifying the cabinet that we will be applying our etched glass material to, we are ready to create our etched glass material.



To create the etched glass material

  1. Select Library> Library Browser  to display the Library Browser window.


  2. Browse to a material that you would like to copy and modify to create your etched glass material.  

    For the purposes of our example, we browsed to Materials> Fabric & Wall Coverings> Patterns & Prints> Climbing Floral> Blue> Floral Navy Print.

    You could also import an image from an outside source, such as a picture that you have taken, or from a picture that you located online. For instructions on how to add your own materials to Chief Architect, see the articles on Creating a Custom Picture, Painting, or Sign linked in the Related Articles section.



  3. Right click on the material and select Copy




  4. In Chief Architect X4, navigate to the User Catalog folder, right click on the appropriate category you have created in it, and select Paste.



    In X3, scroll down to your My Library folder.
    In X2, scroll down to your User Libraries folder.


  5. Now that you have a copy of the material in your User Libraries, right click on it and select Open to display the Define Material dialog.


  6. In the Define Material dialog, we will do the following: 

    • On the General tab, rename the material to Etched Glass - White Floral

    • On the Texture tab, check the Blend Color With Texture checkbox, click on the Material Color button to display the Color Chooser dialog, select white, and click OK.



    • In Chief Architect X3, on the Properties tab, adjust the material's Transparency value, to 30% using either the slider bar, or the text field:



      In Chief Architect X2, on the Render tab, adjust the material's Transp: value, which is its transparency, to 30% using either the slider bar or the text field:

    • Click OK when you have completely making changes to apply them, and the material in your User Libraries will take on the characteristics that you have adjusted.


Now that we have both our cabinet, and etched glass material ready, we can apply the material to our wall cabinet's glass doors.  We can do this either in a 3D camera view by using the Material Painter in Component  mode, or by applying the material in the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.

For the purposes of this example, we will adjust the material in the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.



To apply the material to our wall cabinet's glass doors

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to select the Wall Cabinet, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to again display the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.


  2. Select the Materials tab, select the Cabinet Door's Glass option to highlight it, and click on the Select Material button to display the Select Library Object dialog. 


  3. Browse to your User Catalog and select the Etched Glass - White Floral material to highlight it, and click OK to close the dialog and apply the glass to the Wall Cabinet.




  4. Click OK once again to apply the change in the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.


  5. Take a 3D Perspective Full Camera  view to see your results.


Now that you know how to create an etched glass material, you can use the same procedure for creating etched glass for windows, custom shower enclosures, in addition to your cabinets.