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Construction Assemblies- Wall assemblies and windows and CAD details.30
Entourage-Countertop goodies, wall art, rugs, and accessories galore.20
Kitchen Related-Islands and door styles, hardware and fixtures.18
Lighting-Pendants and Sconces etc.28
Materials-Optimized for PBR.36
Symbols-Chairs and tables and mantles.19
Videos-Instructional, educational, misguided.21
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I've had a run of mantles and worked with them a few ways-plan attached has two flaovors. One is parts, the other is a single cabinet-I kept the stages that I went through with it. Worth dissecting.
At the same time I've had a couple of flush inset appliance jobs so I dropped a Sub-Zero surround set for that in along with the face of a 48 side by side (note that overall width is 1/16" too big but panels should be correct though I haven't done a final check on that one:) Same principal can be sued for flush inset microwave drawers.
Then included a library of the parts used for the flush install so you can do other appliances or see how it's done. Note that you may need to alter the stretch zones if using them elsewhere ads they are set to prevent resizing. Also included a library of some assorted hardware-including sub zero handles.
In there is some Sun Valley Hardware, a McNicols grill-which should be used with caution as they are stupid expensive. The iron hardware in the library also requires restraint as IRL it is very inconsistent and the handles prone to turning in use.
Finally there is a radiator cover (had a mess of those too) and one odd linen cabinet (just showing off with that one) designed around challenging restrictions for the door clearance (why it looks the way it does)
X-13 RTRT, A breakdown from another forum in response to growing frustrations with RTRT. (Items that are specific and searchable terms in CA have capitalized first letters) There is nothing "wrong" with the new Astral PBR RTRT option. Better understanding of a modern rendering engine may help alleviate some issues. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this info you can always uncheck the option for the RTRT in your Rendering Techniques Tool. Feel free to contact me for support or advanced training. • In RTRT a low sample rate is used in live camera views. • For exported presentations images similar to a CPU-based RT, set your Maximum Export Samples as low as needed to eliminate fireflies and light leaks. The higher the sample rate in RTRT Rendering Techniques, the better the image(up to a point where benefits are negligible). This only applies to the Export Image Tool. • A sample rate in basic terms is the number of samples from a camera of a given Objects Material ID as it applies to the geometry of an object, including colors, lighting, shadows etc. The more times something is sampled the less aliasing there exists in a final image. • The more light exists in the scene the easier it is to Sample. • You must supply ample light in adjacent rooms for the RTRT engine to properly process and "trace" your scene. Devoid of light, your exterior will be overly exposed, your interior may be underexposed, and you may have fireflies or light leaks. • Ensure that your active Light Set is on and illuminating your scene, which is accessed a number of ways, one being the Edit Active View tool, in the Camera Panel, under the Lighting Section. • With ample lights, an interior scene Rendering Technique Options might have an exposure from .15-.35, a Maximum Sample Rate of 500-1500, a Brightness between -10 to 0, a Backdrop intensity between 100-1000. This is not and never will be a universal setting, each scene needs adjustment according to the amount of light available to that scene. • If your scene is underexposed you may need to adjust your lighting including the lumens of your light fixtures. • Sun settings will do very little to help overexposure, underexposure, light leaks or any other trace related problems. This is the nature of a tracing engine. • Live view will always be of lesser quality than an exported image using the Export Tool(because of the option to change the sample rate.) • Typical problem causing issues: Caustics, Lights near transparent or translucent surfaces, lights of high Lumen values in one room juxtapose to lights of low lumens in an adjacent room. High resolution bump/roughness/normals maps in materials. These issues all cause difficult scenarios for attenuation and aliasing. Some of the fixtures being used are not optimized for this new engine. Consider changing the material properties of any glass that is in close proximity to a light source. Changing the glass material of a light fixture that is turned on in a RTRT camera from Transparent class to General Material with high Transparency can yield much more predictable results. Same goes for situations when inside cabinet lights do not show up in RTRT behind Transparent Class windowed cabinet doors. There is a lot more to this, you can have some success with this info, but barely scratches the surface. For some incredibly good generalized rendering info, read the Thea Render Manual(free online) It has some fantastic info in it that applies to all rendering engines. The following images are a RTRT with zero lights(screen clipped), an RTRT with lots of lights and same settings(screen clipped), and an RTRT export of the same scene The last image has the backdrop turned up since the sun direction is not illuminating the backdrop. Backdrop setting of 1000.
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.
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 email@example.com .
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.
I have a commercial project - historic hotel renovation & addition. My plans are set up with finishes, walls, etc., based on CA library of materials. I want my Room Finish Schedule to use generic descriptions such as "cpt" for carpet, LVT, PCT, HDWD (hardwood floors), etc. What is the best way to over-ride the materials I selected in defaults?
Rebecca Fant, AIA