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  1. Hey @Designer1  it looks like @robdyck is on the right track.


    It appears that there is a name collision between the images referenced for this backdrop and the material in Barker Cabinets. We typically try to using a unique naming system when setting up any materials, image, and backdrop references in the catalogs we distribute, but it seems that we missed this one.


    As Robert mentions above, you should be able to copy the Backdrop with the trouble from the Core Catalogs, then paste it into your User Catalog. You can then edit the backdrop, and re-associate the correct image to the Backdrop in your User Catalog.


    In the meantime, I'll ask our team to look at this and see if it is still an issue in the X12 version of the catalogs; if so, we'll do what we can to remedy the issue in our updated catalogs.


    Sorry for the inconvenience!

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  2. Over the years, the Content Team has been working to provide state-of-the art tools to improve your designs.


    In 2018 we added realism to your kitchen designs, in 2019 we helped bring super-shine to your floors.


    We are happy to be working on your behalf again with the release of our latest utility - Home Accessories. You'll find easy ways to quickly emphasize traits of the houses you design. Make your smart house smarter, your cottage cuter, and your southwestern more... well, western.


    Visit the 3D Library soon, these will only be available for a limited time!


  3. As we wrap up 2019, we are glad to get an opportunity to look back at the catalogs we've been able to release and update for our users!


    Have you gone to the 3D Library and Downloaded catalogs in the last few months? If not, here are some of our recent offerings you can expect to find.


    Brand Catalogs:


    Bonus Catalogs:


    We've also made updates to a variety of catalogs, make sure your use the Update Library Catalog feature to ensure you have the latest content!


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  4. We are happy to share recent updates to the catalog content available for download!


    There is a selection of new catalogs and also some "New and Improved" that have been repackaged and enhanced with more granular selections of objects (see lists below). We plan to continue to add to the selection of these and other catalogs that we offer.


    Use the 'Update Library' command to automatically get the latest updates, and visit the 3D Library to see what's new-to-you.


    Our recent releases...


    New Bonus Catalogs:


    Repackaged / Updated Catalogs:


    Brand Catalogs:


    As always, we love to hear from you! If you have suggestions for new content and branded catalogs, please get in touch:

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  5. Tile_Builder Parameters

    Here are some of the options you can adjust within the Tile_Builder_Beta.


    Output Size: Drop down lists with resolution sizes.

    Random Seed: Click the Randomize button to get different material images and tile layouts.

    Shape: Choose the shape of your tile.

    Tile Layout: Choose how you want your color and material types laid out.

    Offset: Adjust the horizontal offset of your tile.

    Tile Edge: Adjust the sharpness and size of your edge profile.

    Grout Width: Sets your grout width.

    Grout Color: Choose the color of your grout.

    Tile Material: Selects different materials for your tile.

    Tile Color: Choose the color of your tile.

    Tile Color Variation: Randomly adds variation to get non-uniform color.

    Tile Finish: Drops down to different finish/glazing options.

    Tile Roughness: Controls how shiny or matte your tile looks.

    Tile Hue: Changes the hue of your color, good for fine tuning.

    Tile Saturation: Changes the amount of color in your tile.

    Tile Lightness: Changes how light or dark your tile is.


    Update 11-26-2019

    Tile Builder

    -Dropped Beta tag

    -Added a resolution drop down "Output Size" for bigger/smaller texture options

    • Higher resolutions will let you get smoother edges on non-square tile patterns and the added pixel count will allow for thinner grout lines.
    • Higher resolutions can also clog up your machine and Chief if you use a lot of them, so unless you aren’t getting the look you need, I’d stick with 512 or 1024 output sizes.  Map responsibly.


    -Added Picket Tile and Penny tile to the shape drop down


    -Changed “thin tile” to 4:1 tile


    -Added a slider for Grout width.  Again, if you need thinner grout then what’s being shown, you’ll need to up your resolution under Output Size.


    -Added a color selector for tile color, behaves just like the grout color options.  If you want an eyedropper, open the color selector and hit “pick.”

    • Color Hue is still included for fine tune adjustments.  Keep an eye on your hue if you eyedrop to another color and it’s not matching, more times than not your color is being skewed by the hue slider.


    -Added a color variation slider to get some non-uniform color.  Randomly darkens some tiles to varying degrees.


    -Added a finish drop down for hand glaze options.


    Wood_Builder_Beta Parameters

    Here are some of the options you can adjust within the Wood_Builder_Beta.


    Random Seed: Click the Randomize button to get different material images and tile layouts.

    Wood_Species: Select the species of wood you’d like to work with.

    Cut: Select what kind of pattern you’d like to make.

    Hue, Saturation, Lightness: Adjusts the color of your wood.

    Board_Color_Variation:  Varies the colors of the wood along cut lines to help show the pattern and ad variety.

    Roughness: Controls the roughness or polish level of your floor.

    Image_Input: Added a slot to enter your own wood images and slice/adjust them as needed.  Wood_Species needs to be set at "~Image Input" at the top in order for the image to show.


    UPDATE 4-29-2020

    Wood Builder

    -Cleaned up a lot of the Knotty/Rustic options.  They were bad, they should now be less bad.

    -Added an image input.  Wood_Species needs to be set at "~Image Input" and you can load whatever image you want into the builder.  I recommend using seamless images, otherwise you might get some strange edges in your boards.

    -Added a shiplap option in teh "Cut" dropdown


    Single_Color_Fabric and Multi_Color_Fabric  Parameters

    Here are some of the options you can adjust within the Wood_Builder_Beta.


    Random Seed: Click the Randomize button to get different material images and tile layouts.

    Fabric Type: Selects different types of fabric.

    Color: Selects your fabrics color

    Color Hue: Changes the hue of your color, good for fine tuning.

    Color Saturation: Changes the amount of color in your fabric.

    Color Lightness: Changes how light or dark your fabric is.



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  6. Our Content Development Team has been churning out new PBR friendly materials over the past few releases. These are materials that include a combination of Normal Maps, AO Maps, Roughness Maps, and Metal Maps. We use a software specifically designed to generate custom materials for 3D Rendering called Substance Designer. The program leverages parametric values to control sizing, colors, pattern, and other elements to generate unique tile-able texture maps along with automatically producing the other relevant maps need to create the effects that you expect to see in PBR and Ray Trace views.


    Our process includes generating individual materials then importing them into Chief Architect and distributing the catalogs that you download and use. This converts the parametric materials into static images that aren't as flexible as those that are created in the Substance Designer Program.


    Much like the Client Viewer and 3D Viewer products that are available for use with Chief Architect, Substance offers a product that allows others to leverage the parametric files to create their own custom materials... without needing to be an expert of the full-fledged program. We would like to invite you to try it out and create your own custom materials from the file we've set up for Tile.


    How does it work?


    First of all, a healthy understanding of how materials work inside of Chief Architect is a good starting point, and we just happen to have a couple primer videos ready for you here.


    Advanced Materials

    Creating Custom Materials and Colors



    Once you understand how Chief Architect behaves with different properties and maps, you can dig right in and make your own maps using Substance Player (a free download) and these source files we've set up to generate materials.  Just download the Substance player from the link below and use it to open the builder SBSAR files you wish to work with.  To assist, we have a quick video showing how to use Substance Player to get your custom maps into Chief Architect:


    How to use Substance Player in Chief



    Substance Player (Download)



    Wood Builder Beta.sbsar

    Single Color Fabric.sbsar



    We'd love to hear what you think. Is this useful? Are there other material types you'd like to try with the Substance Player tool? Voice any requests or questions here, or via e-mail to . 


    Chief Architect is not affiliated in any way with the Substance Designer or Substance Player software programs. Chief Architect will not be able to offer any support for the Substance software products or files. Using the program and files is completely voluntary. Substance compatible files are provided simply as a gesture, with no guarantees, extended to give access to more material options for those who are interested.

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  7. Thanks Kbird! We are revamping this catalog and will be breaking it into some sub-pieces while adding more variety of similar objects to the new groupings. I've paused service for new downloads on this older version of the catalog in anticipation of transitioning to the updated catalog in the next few months.

  8. As 2018 came to a close, so did many updates and additions of X10 Catalogs!


    If you haven't gotten the latest versions for your designs, I implore you to make this one of the easiest New Year's Resolutions to check off of your list. 


    Use the Update Library command to automatically get the latest updates, and visit the 3D Library to see what's new-to-you.


    Our recent releases...


    Bonus Catalogs:


    Brand Catalogs:


    As always, we love to hear from you! If you have suggestions for new content and branded catalogs, please get in touch:


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  9. Hi Friends,


    We've released another update to Core Materials! From the Library Menu, choose Update Library Catalogs to get the latest changes.


    In this revision, we've improved the materials in the following areas... expect to see some new selections and improvements to existing items.

    • Lava Rock
    • Naturals
    • Stained Concrete
    • Framing PSL and LSL Materials

    Additionally, we've made enhancements to the Buechel Stone catalog, including better scaling and more Normal Maps.


    We also made improvements to the Materials Metal Bonus catalog. This catalog was originally intended for the Home Designer crowd, who don't have access to the Ray Trace and PBR Rendering Technique. The improvements in Material Properties on these look pretty nice in PBR for professional users too!



    AND... Stay tuned for the next Bonus Catalog release... this should be available very soon, and has even more selections of materials to leverage in your designs.


    As always, please share with us what you would like to see in future catalogs (, and help us connect with your favorite brands. Tag "@chiefarchitect" along with the brand in your posts on Facebook, Instagram, and "@chiefsoftware" on Twitter.

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  10. Mark, it is so awesome that you did this work and shared it!


    It's bee a while, but for those who haven't seen the announcement elsewhere, these catalogs are now available in the Chief Architect format!

    You can download them and other catalogs from the 3D Library.

  11. Delta's and Brizo's catalogs are now available for download from the 3D Library!


    It appears that we don't have the complete catalog from Delta (it primarily contains faucets), but we hope to have access to the entire product line in a future update.


    A GE catalog is currently in development. We hope to be able to share it with you soon!

  12. On 2/3/2017 at 5:04 AM, MPDesign said:

    I would like to see Subzero and Wolf product lines.


    Sub-Zero and Wolf catalogs are now available for download on the 3D Library!


    We've also added Brizo's catalog, and Delta's Faucet line as well! 


    We are currently working with GE to generate a catalog download, this one has taken a little longer than expected to complete, but we hope to have something available in the coming weeks.


    Please continue to connect with your favorite brands and to share with them how important it is to have access to Chief Architect compatible catalogs.

    Thank you to those who continue to pursue this!


  13. For those that are curious about the Textured Glass changes, here’s a guide to help you select the right kind of glass for your plan. 


    To get the best results you’ll need to render a proper Raytrace, so if you’re working in Standard or PBR views, glass will behave more or less the same way it always has.


    The 3D effects of the glass are created by leveraging Normal Maps, so feel free to change the Materials base color to get different shades or the Texture Source in the Material Properties to get some impressive glass effects.


    We can’t wait to see what creative results you come up with!


    -Chief Content Team

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  14. We are excited to have offered yet another selection of great catalog brands in the first quarter of 2018!


    If you haven't had an opportunity to browse or download them yet, look for these latest additions:


    We are also working with Custom Wood Products, who has committed to developing and maintaining their own cabinet catalog. Although you cannot download the catalog directly from the 3D Library, a Chief Architect compatible catalog is available through their dealer network. 


    We have a number of great catalogs and updates in the works and on the way. Stay tuned!

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  15. Hello All!


    Welcome to those of you using Chief Architect X10!


    You may have noticed some of the selections in our generic Core Materials are quite different in the new release. We re-vamped some of these categories and replaced them with versions that we hope are much more accurate and realistic, and are also higher resolution and quality.


    If you don't feel like you are seeing these changes, please run the "Update Library Catalogs" command from the Library menu and then restart Chief Architect to ensure you have the most current Library Browser content.


    Specifically you'll notice differences in these areas:

    • Blocks
    • Brick
    • Landscaping
    • Roofing
    • Sheet Metal
    • Siding
    • Stucco
    • Textured Glass
    • Tile
    • Wood Flooring
    • Wood


    Although things have moved around a bit you should not experience missing file errors for plans coming forward from previous versions. Even so, I highly recommend maintaining plans via the "Backup Entire Plan" tool when transitioning from one version to another, simply because it is a reliable way to archive your projects for posterity and to transition between versions. If you prefer older materials, you can always add your favorites to your User Library from existing plans.


    We will continue to update the remaining Materials and categories in the Library Browser, so you can expect to see more additions in the future. 


    If there are specific materials that you would like represented in our generic material selection, please let us know! We are working to improve the quality and usability to be as relevant and as useful as possible. You can e-mail us your ideas, or post them in the Suggestions forum.

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