Blending Colors with Materials

Reference Number: KB-00004
Last Modified: April 8, 2022

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to be able to apply a solid color to a surface displaying a pattern, or texture, and blend the two. How do I do that?

Real time ray trace interior camera view of a kitchen showing blended colors with materials


Instead of using the Material Painter to replace a material with a new one, we can use it with the Blend Colors With Materials tool to blend a color with a textured material.

To blend colors with materials

  1. Create a Camera  view looking at the material that you'd like to blend with a color.

  2. From the menu, select 3D> Material Painter> Material Painter .

  3. In the Select Material dialog that displays, search for and locate an appropriate color material, then click OK.

    In this example, Color - Dew is used.

    Note: The material chosen must be a solid color to use the Blend Colors with Materials tool.

    Select Material dialog where a solid color can be chosen

  4. Select a Material Painter Mode from the Edit toolbar, which displays at the bottom of the program window when the Material Painter is enabled.

    You can also navigate to 3D> Material Painter from the menu to choose a mode.


    For more information on the various modes, please access the "Using the Different Material Painter Modes" resource in the Related Articles section below.

  5. Select the Blend Colors With Materials edit tool. The paint roller icon will follow your cursor when this setting is enabled.

    You can also navigate to 3D> Material Painter> Blend Colors With Materials from the menu.

    When the Material Painter is active, but the Blend Colors With Materials tool is not, the cursor displays a spray can  icon instead.

  6. Click on the object to blend the selected color with the current texture. The result is a new material, with the textured appearance of the initial material, and the color that you have selected.

  7. If either the Component or Object Mode is active, you can continue to click on surfaces to apply the selected material. When you are finished, press the Spacebar on the keyboard.