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Can you alter the color of the stock chief architect brick choices? There is a very limited variety. Can't find any more downloads online only stones veneers when I go to materials and surfaces at website. 

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You can "paint" the existing texture with a color in several ways.

1. Use the Material Painter in Blend Colors with Materials mode.

2. Open the materials dbx and on the Texture tab, use Material Color, Blend with Texture.

 

There may be other ways as well, but that will get you going.

 

Note that these methods will only "paint" the existing brick texture - they will not give you a new brick texture with a variety of different brick colors, sizes or patterns.

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I am unable to check on my computer right now but the "Eldorado Stone" catalogue has a reasonable selection of brick samples.

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Consider whether you are after bricks that are available to your region of interest as each brick kiln

has a varying texture and colour.  The size of brick may also determine which colours are available.

 

Sources:

1. Pinterest  - general overview available.

here is a link based on search string: "brick material textures local to California for 3d modelling"

 

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=brick+material+textures+for+3d+modelling&tbm=isch&imgil=8CKDl3M9QdlAUM%3A%3BDTl-PTyj7w-hqM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.freetexturesdownload.com%252FBrick-Free-Textures-15063.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=8CKDl3M9QdlAUM%3A%2CDTl-PTyj7w-hqM%2C_&usg=__gRS7Dr14vmqnarQH3pBO64771Xk%3D&biw=1536&bih=760#tbm=isch&q=brick+material+textures+local+to+California+for+3d+modelling+

 

2. Boral - brick swatches available - Australian Bricks :)

https://ebc.boral.com.au/boraldesignlab/swatches.aspx

 

refer also to Chief Architect Forum:

 

Boral brick swatches.jpg

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Demr7777 said:

Acme Brick's Masonry Designer...

 

http://brick.com/innovative-online-tools

 

Have no clue what this does....Went there tried to download and it did nothing. What is it? 

 

If you use Windows, the download link is here. The Acme Masonry Designer is an excellent tool and includes products from Acme Brick, Featherlite Blocks, Hill Country Stone, Cordillera Stone, town Square, Fast Track Stone, Elgin Butler, Cherokee Brick, Forterra, Old Carolina, Palmetto, Pine Hall, Ragland Clay, and Sioux City. It lets you build all kinds of coursings with your choice of mortar colors, then save the image for using in a material definition.

 

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I am trying to draw an addition to a house for the home owners association to approve. Every thing is done except I can not find a brick color to match the existing. Can't even get close. What ever they see in the illustration is what they expect when the approve. It's a common brick color to. Chief Architect seems to have very limited selection of brick and when I go online to find more compatible chief architect colors I can't find them. I don't want alter color to painted brick as they will expect me to paint the house. Surely there are some hopefully free downloads somewhere. I have attached a pic. 

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Depending on if little details like tiling of the image will be of concern, DO like I did, I took a good photo of the brick on the existing home I was doing the as built on (for the HOA) then save it, opened it, cropped it went to my user library created a new material and added it to my library and it actually turned out looking very close.https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01202/importing-custom-materials.html

https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01084/creating-a-custom-library-material.html

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16 hours ago, jcaffee said:

Acme Brick's Masonry Designer...

 

http://brick.com/innovative-online-tools

I have used this tool for some time and find it invaluable for my business; it works great, especially if you want to adjust the mortar color. You can make seamless textures small or quite large if you want to.

Mike

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1 hour ago, Evolution said:

Depending on if little details like tiling of the image will be of concern, DO like I did, I took a good photo of the brick on the existing home I was doing the as built on (for the HOA) then save it, opened it, cropped it went to my user library created a new material and added it to my library and it actually turned out looking very close.https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01202/importing-custom-materials.html

https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01084/creating-a-custom-library-material.html

I have done this also and it works good if you are careful with your setup. You have to make sure you are "straight on" perpendicular to the wall as much as possible or you will be dealing with the nightmare of correcting the perspective in Photoshop, Gimp or whatever editing software you use. And avoid the bright sunny wall if possible (old photographer's trick).

 

Mike

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Sort of off-topic, but I find it hard to believe that an HOA's review committee would require submittal documents that showed photorealistic renderings with brick textures absolutely matching something required.

 

Wouldn't a note on b&w drawings suffice?  "Brick on addition to match existing."

 

How do property owners address this if their designer or architect has older software incapable of performing renders?  

 

Wouldn't the HOA be better served if the property owners were required to submit physical samples?

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11 minutes ago, GeneDavis said:

Wouldn't the HOA be better served if the property owners were required to submit physical samples?

 

I agree - physical samples should suffice. I once presented an architectural rendering to an Urban Design Commission, and there was one commissioner who got completely bent out of shape because the trees and bushes weren't the exact species and varieties that were listed in the plant schedule. Eventually the project was approved; then the economy tanked and the developer lost their financing.

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5 hours ago, Evolution said:

Depending on if little details like tiling of the image will be of concern, DO like I did, I took a good photo of the brick on the existing home I was doing the as built on (for the HOA) then save it, opened it, cropped it went to my user library created a new material and added it to my library and it actually turned out looking very close.https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01202/importing-custom-materials.html

https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01084/creating-a-custom-library-material.html

Thanks for this info. I was wondering if I could just take a picture ( a good one) and just add it to my library. 

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How close up should I be when I take my digital pic of the brick surface? And when I crop it should it have a certain amount of brick in the pic in order for Chief Architect to display it correctly to scale on a wall? Just wondering...

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I would get as many bricks as possible where the shadows (or the lack of I should say) will not cause it to "tile" - meaning a color variation that will be hard to eliminate without extensive post touch-up later. The last "good" one I did was about 6-bricks wide x 12-bricks tall. There will be some cropping later to get it usable. I always crop half-way in the mortar joints; that seems to get a better pic to later make a seamless texture with the least amount of work. You will have a half-brick every other row to deal with. Sometimes it is easy to blend and sometimes it is more difficult; depends on the brick.

 

Mike

edit: As far as scaling, I place the new texture in the wall definition and then take an elevation view. I then zoom in and measure the joints. I then go back and adjust the texture ratios as necessary. It goes pretty quick.

Edited by Ridge_Runner
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