Troubleshooting Missing Patterns in Orthographic or Vector Views

Reference Number: KB-00383
Last Modified: January 6, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I cannot see any patterns in my vector camera views and overviews. How can I solve this problem?


Patterns are used to represent materials in Orthographic views, or using the Vector Rendering Technique, and can be thought of as a kind of fill style composed of CAD lines. 

The display of patterns in Vector Views can be turned on or off, depending on your needs.

To toggle patterns in Orthographic or Vector Views

  • Click on 3D> Toggle Patterns  from the menu, while an Orthographic View is active.

    If there is a checkmark next to to the option, the patterns are already toggled on.

  • Alternately, you can open Display Options  for your currently active layer set for the view using the Vector rendering technique, navigate to the "Patterns, 3D Views" layer, and place a check mark in the Disp column.

If only one particular material does not display a pattern, it may be that particular material does not have a pattern applied to it.  In this case, you can either choose a different material, which does have a pattern, or you can instead apply a pattern to the existing material in the plan.

To check to see if a material has a pattern

  1. With your Vector view active, select 3D> Materials> Adjust Material Definition .

  2. Click on the material which does not display a pattern to display the Define Material dialog, and go to the Pattern panel.

    For the purposes of this example, we selected the "Rio Grand" River Rock stone from the El Dorado manufacturer catalog.

  3. Under Pattern Source, select Use Custom Pattern File.

    If you have a custom .pat file from another location, you can select it here.

  4. By default, the File: field should locate the Chief Architect Patterns folder so that when you click on the Browse button, it displays a number of .pat files provided by Chief Architect.

    For the purposes of this example, we will select ChiefStone.pat and click Open.

  5. From the Pattern: drop down menu, select an appropriate pattern file that approximates the look of the stone.

    You may need to adjust the Scale to see the preview of the pattern more easily.

  6. Once you have finished making changes to the material, click OK, and all instances of this material in the plan file should now have the pattern applied.