Changing the Direction of a Material's Pattern and Texture

Reference Number: KB-00194
Last Modified: May 29, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I created a custom material and would like to rotate it so that its pattern and texture run in a different direction in 3D views.  How can I do this?  

materials with patterns and textures that have had their direction rotated.


In Chief Architect, materials display a pattern in Vector Views and a texture in most other Rendering Techniques, including Standard.  Both can be rotated as needed in the Define Material dialog.

To rotate a material's texture

In most Rendering Techniques, materials are represented using textures.

  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.

  3. On the Texture panel of the Define Material dialog, which opens next:  


    • Give the new material a short descriptive name: here, for example, the word "rotated" is added to the end of the original name.

    • Specify the desired Angle for this material. In this example, a tile material is rotated 45°.  

    • If you would like to adjust the Offset or Scale 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. Your custom material is now listed on the Plan Materials panel of the Select Material dialog. It can be applied to any object in the plan using the Material Painter  or by opening the object's specification dialog. 

  5. To see the results, select 3D> Create Perspective Camera> Full Camera 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. Return to the Plan Materials dialog, select your custom material, and click the Edit button.

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

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

    • If you would like to adjust the offset of the pattern, you can also do this on the Pattern panel of the Define Material dialog. 

    • When you are satisfied with the changes you have made to your new material, click OK to close all dialogs.

  3. Because you edited an existing material, your changes affect any objects in the current plan that are using it.

  4. 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 it in the Plan Materials dialog and click "Add to Library".