Incorporating Custom Colors

Reference Number: KB-00730
Last Modified: December 31, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have found colors at manufacturers' websites, in digital photos, or in other files on my computer and want to incorporate these colors into my design.  How can I accomplish this task?


Incorporating colors from various external files such as web pages, picture files and movies can be easily accomplished using the Select Color dialog.

In Chief Architect X5 and earlier versions, this dialog was called the Color Chooser.

Begin by opening the Chief Architect plan you want to use the color you found in, and then open the source of the color you want to add such as a web page or a picture viewer program. Tile the two windows so that both can be seen on-screen at the same time.  

To create a new material

  1. Launch Chief Architect and Open  the plan in which you want to use your new color.  

  2. Select View> Library Browser , then navigate to the User Catalog.

    In Chief Architect X5 and earlier versions, the Library Browser was accessed from the Library menu.

  3. Right click on User Catalog, select New> Folder, and name your new folder Materials.  

    Note: If you have already created a folder in your Library Browser in which you want to store the Material, you can skip this step.

  4. Once your Materials folder is created in the User Catalog, right click on it and select New> Material.  

  5. In the Material Name field at the top of the Define Material dialog box, enter a name for your material.  

  6. A Material color bar appears under the Colors heading. This bar is white by default. Click on the color bar to open the Select Color dialog.  

To choose your color 

  1. On a Windows machine, the Select Color dialog will display, click on the Eyedropper tool.   

    On a Mac machine, the Colors dialog will display, click on the Magnifying Glass tool.

  2. Position the Eyedropper/Magnifying Glass tool over any visible area of your computer screen, including digital photos and websites. As you drag the Eyedropper over a particular color on your screen, a preview of that color appears in the Color/Solid field of the Select Color dialog.  

    In the example above, the Eyedropper has been dragged to the image of the kitchen to pick up the color from the wall.  

  3. When you have placed the eyedropper over the desired color, release your mouse and that color will be selected.

  4. Click the OK button to return to the Define Material dialog.  

  5. Select the OK button in the Define Material dialog to add the new color of material to the Library Browser, where it can be accessed from any Chief Architect plan file.   

To apply the color to objects

  1. Materials such as your new color are only visible in 3D views, so it is easiest to visualize and apply your colors while in a vector or render view.  

  2. To apply your new material to an object in your design in a 3D view, click the Material Painter  toolbar button to open the Select Material dialog.  

  3. In the Select Materials dialog, browse for and select the custom color that you created, and click OK to close the dialog.

  4. Click on any object in the 3D view to apply the custom color to that object.