Creating a New Material

Reference Number: KB-00767
Last Modified: June 27, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I add a new material to the library? 


In render views, all surfaces display textures, which are created using image files such as .jpg's.  Textures help to create realistic-looking materials and are especially designed to tile without any visible seams.

To add an image to the Materials library

  1. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu to open the Library Browser window if it is not already open.  

  2. Right click once on the User Catalog folder and select New> Material from the menu that displays.  

    If you'd like to add a new material to a sub-folder within your User Catalog, right click on the sub-folder of your choice and select New> Material. 

  3. On the Texture panel of the Define Material dialog that appears next, click the Browse button next to Texture File.

  4. In the Select Texture File dialog, browse your computer for the image file that you would like to add to the library and click on it to select it, then click the Open button to close the dialog and return to the Define Material dialog.   

  5. In the Define Material dialog:    

  • Type a Material Name for your new material.  

  • On the Texture panel, leave the box beside Stretch to Fit unchecked.  

  • On the Pattern panel, make changes to how the material will appear in a vector view.

    • Select the type of pattern you would like to use under Pattern Source.

    • Modify the Pattern Specifications to replicate anything you have done within the Texture panel.

    • Make any other desired changes.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and add your new material to the library.

    • Your new material is now saved in your User Catalog and is available for use in any plan.