Creating Etched Glass

Reference Number: KB-01076
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to be able to use etched glass in my doors, windows, or cabinets but I cannot find an etched glass material in the library. Is there a way to make my own?


Creating an etched glass material is easy with Chief Architect's material tools. In this article we will show you how to create a material for both Camera and Ray Trace views.

We will be modifying an existing material from the Chief Architect Core Catalogs.

If you have a custom image that you would like to use to create a new, custom material, then see article 767 in the related articles section below.

To customize the material

  1. With a plan open, select View> Library Browser from the menu.

  2. Navigate to an appropriate Material to use for the etched glass.

    For the purposes of this example, browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Materials> Fabric & Wall Coverings> Patterns & Prints> Climbing Floral> Blue> Floral Navy Print.

  3. Right-click on the material and choose Copy

  4. Scroll down to the User Catalog folder, right-click on it and choose Paste.

  5. Right-click Floral Navy Print from the User Catalog folder and choose Open .


  6. In the Define Material dialog, switch to the Texture panel:

    • Give the material a descriptive Material Name.

    • Check the Blend with Texture check-box at the bottom and select the color you want your glass to be.
      In this example, we are using the color white. 

    • Highlight the path to the Texture File, right-click and choose Copy.

  7. Switch to the Properties panel:


    • Set the Material Class to Transparent.

    • Set the Index of Refraction to Crown Glass.

    • Check the box beside Use Bump Map in Ray Trace Views then Paste the path that you copied from the Texture panel earlier in to the Texture File: field.

    • Set the Height Multiplier to 0.005.

  8. Click OK to accept your changes to the material, and now you are ready to apply the custom material to any glass surface you want.