Changing the Direction of a Material's Pattern and Texture

Reference Number: KB-00194
Last Modified: April 22, 2024

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How do I rotate the pattern or texture associated with a material?

Checkered material on floor has been rotated


In Chief Architect, materials display a pattern in Vector Views and a texture in most other rendering techniques, including Standard and Physically Based. Both the pattern and texture associated with a material can be rotated to your liking by accessing the Define Material dialog.

To rotate a material

  1. Select 3D> Materials> Plan Materials .

  2. In the Plan Materials dialog, select the material that you wish to rotate, then click the Copy button.

    Note: If the material you're wanting to rotate is not located in the plan that's currently open, you will instead want to access the Library Browser and search for the material you want to rotate. With the correct material selected, right-click on it, select Copy, then Paste it into your User Catalog. With the copied material in the User Catalog, right-click on it one last time and select Open Object.

    On a Mac, hold down the Control key while clicking to initiate a right-click command. More information about right-click commands on Apple input devices can be found in the following Apple resource: Right-click on Mac.

  3. On the Pattern panel of the Define Material dialog that opens next:

    Pattern panel of the Define Material dialog

    • Provide a descriptive Material Name.

      In this example, the word "Rotated" is added to the end of the original name.

    • Specify the desired Angle for the pattern.

      In this example, a vinyl tile material that is applied to the floor is rotated 45°.

    • Check the Keep Pattern/Texture in Sync box (if applicable) if you want to maintain consistent Scale and Offset and Angle settings for the material's pattern and texture.

      To learn more about the various settings listed here, select the Help button at the bottom of the dialog to open your program's documentation or see the Related Articles section below.

  4. On the Texture panel:

    Texture panel of the Define Material dialog

    • Specify the desired Angle.

      If the Keep Pattern/Texture in Sync box was checked in the step above, the Angle may already be at the correct value.

    • Click OK to confirm the changes and close the dialog.

  5. Your rotated material is now listed in the Plan Materials dialog or in the User Catalog if you copied and edited a material directly from the Library Browser.

    If the material is not in the User Catalog and you would like to use it in future plans, click the to Add to Library button located in the Plan Materials dialog.

    In X13 and newer program versions, you can also click the Add to Library button located in the Define Material dialog to add the rotated material directly to the User Catalog without closing the dialog. This allows you to add several material variations to the library without the need to create copies beforehand.

  6. Your rotated material can now be applied to any object in the plan using the Material Painter  or by opening the object's specification dialog and accessing the Materials panel.