I would like to design custom driveway with stained, stamped concrete. How can I do this?
You can create a unique design for your driveway using multiple terrain features and different materials from the library.
It is increasingly common to stamp a texture into concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios.
To customize a driveway material
If you haven't already created a terrain perimeter within your plan, do so now by going up to Terrain> Create Terrain Perimeter .
Next, selectTerrain> Driveway> Straight Drivewayfrom the menu, then click and drag to draw a rectangular terrain feature.
Do not worry about the exact placement or shape of the driveway as you draw it: once it is created, it is fully editable.
When the driveway is positioned and shaped as needed, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview from the menu to see the results.
By default, driveways are assigned a grey concrete material. If you want to, you can select 3D> Material Painter> Material Painter from the menu to apply a new material.
In the Select Material dialog that opens, browse the Materials library and select a new material for the driveway.
Good candidates for driveway materials can be found in the Masonry & Stone and Landscaping categories. Brick, pavers and slate are among the textures that work well to represent stamped concrete.
When you have found a material, click on it to select it, then click the OK button to close the dialog.
In this example, Landscaping> Pavers> Basketweave Brick is used.
When you move your cursor into the 3D view, it will display a spray can icon. Click on the driveway to apply the selected material to its surface.
Many concrete contractors offer a variety of concrete stains. To apply a color to a material such as concrete, use the Blend Colors with Materials tool.
To stain a concrete material
With the 3D overview still active, navigate to 3D> Material Painter and make sure there is a checkmark beside Blend Colors with Materials. If there is not, select this item from the submenu.
Select 3D> Material Painter> Material Painterfrom the menu.
In the Select Library Object dialog, browse and select a solid color from the library.
Solid colors are available in Materials> Colors.
A selection of name brand paint colors can be obtained by downloading Manufacturer libraries from: http://3dlibrary.chiefarchitect.com/index.php?r=site/library&reset=true
When you have found a satisfactory color, select it and click the OK button to close the dialog.
In this example, Materials> Colors> Generic Colors> White/Neutral> Color-Beige is used.
When you move your cursor into the 3D view, it will display a paint roller icon.
Click on the driveway to apply the selected material to its surface. Instead of replacing the pavers material with the solid color, the two are blended.
A wide variety of driveway designs can be created by combining stamped patterns and stains. You can produce your own unique design using multiple Driveway objects.
To create a custom pattern
Return to Floor Plan view by using the designated tabs at the top of the screen or browsing to it using the Window menu.
Select Terrain> Driveway> Straight Driveway from the menu, then click and drag a second driveway object inside the first.
Select this second driveway and click the Open Object edit button.
On the General panel of the Driveway Specification dialog, specify the Height as 1 1/16", then click OK. This will raise the top surface of this object above that of the larger Driveway so it can be clearly seen.
Return to your 3D camera view by using the tabs at the top or by using the Window menu.
Use the Material Painter and/or Blend Colors with Materials tools to apply a custom material to this driveway object.
Just as in floor plan view, you can edit the shape and position of the second Driveway in a 3D view using its edit handles.
Repeat steps 1 through 5 as needed to create a custom pattern.
You can now use these tools to create custom driveway surfaces for your own designs.