You can change the material displayed in 3D views for an automatic ceiling, custom Ceiling Plane, or the underside of a roof.
Instead of replacing a material with a new one, we can use the Blend Colors With Materials feature to blend a color with a textured material.
Changing the color of a single wall within your Chief Architect plan is easy and fast.
Materials display a pattern in vector views and a texture in render views. Both can be rotated as needed in the Define Material dialog.
The Material Layers Definition dialogs allow you to define the layers that make up wall, floor, ceiling, slab, and roof assemblies.
Most of the materials in the library are set up to be opaque, however, you can adjust it to be transparent using the Define Material dialog, such as to create a glass material that shows store hours for a commercial building.
There is not a defaults dialog for stairs. Instead, the default materials for stairs are specified in the General Material Defaults dialog.
Use one of several fire materials to create a three-dimensional flame by applying the flame material to a 3d object such as a cylinder.
Create custom materials using image files saved on your computer. These materials can then be applied to objects in your plan.
Create two sided cabinets by adjusting the settings on the Sides/Back tab then add a custom etched glass material to door panels.
Create a copy of a Material in the Library Browser, Paste it into your User Catalog, and edit its properties.
Photographs can be applied to picture frames, computer and TV screens, along with other objects by creating custom materials.
Chief Architect has the ability to obtain a color from any image on your screen, including other programs or web pages, and implement it into a custom material to be applied to an object or surface in your plan.
Materials are represented by patterns in vector based rendering techniques. This message will display if a material in the plan has a problem with its pattern.
If the missing file is a custom backdrop, image, picture or texture, you have several choices to resolve this issue in the short term including helping the program to locate the missing file on your computer, replace the missing file with a new file, or remove the reference to the missing file from the plan or layout in question.
If you receive this message, you may want to purge your plan materials.
The Material Painter is an excellent way to make modifications to the materials applied to most objects but shouldn't be used on Pony Wall wall types.
To reset walls to their default materials using the material painter choose the option Use Default Material at the bottom of the Select Library Object dialog.
Reasons why materials would flicker when a camera is rotated include: structure placement, large terrain, materials occupying the same space, and video card specific issues.
Chief Architect's Material Region tools can be used to place different materials on a floor or wall within the same room, such as a walk-in shower.
The Material Painter modes help you specify exactly what is painted when you use the Material Painter tool: Component, Object, Room, Floor, Plan.
The Screen Capture tool allows you to add backdrops, images, or materials directly to the library or to create picture objects.
You can use light sources to help produce dramatic, realistic 3D views. The two types of light sources in Chief Architect are Point lights and Spot lights.