July 16, 2015
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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
- With a plan open, select View> Library Browser from the menu.
- 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.
- Right-click on the material and choose Copy.
- Scroll down to the User Catalog folder, right-click on it and choose Paste.
- Right-click Floral Navy Print from the User Catalog folder and choose Open .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.