Creating an Etched Glass Cabinet Door


Reference Number: KB-00438
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


QUESTION

I would like to know how to create cabinets with etched glass or frosted doors using Home Designer. How is this accomplished?


ANSWER

While etched glass doors are not available by default in the Library Browser in Home Designer, you can easily import, or modify, existing materials to create an etched glass effect.

 

To add etched glass style doors

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet .

    Although we are using a Base Cabinet for the purposes of this example, a Wall Cabinet or Full Height Cabinet  could be used as well.


  2. Once the Base Cabinet is placed, use the Select Objects  tool to select it, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

    Note: The appearance of the Cabinet Specification dialog and the options within it will vary depending on the version of Home Designer that you are using.


  3. In Home Designer version 10 and newer programs, select the Door/Drawer panel, then, for the Door Style click on the Library button to display the Select Library Object dialog.

    In Home Designer version 9.0 programs, select the Front tab.


  4. In the Select Library Object dialog, browse to a glass door style that you would like to use and click OK.

     

    For the purposes of this example, we used the Glass Panel EP Rectangular Cabinet Door.


  5. Make any other necessary modifications to the cabinet, such as its size, the hardware that is applied to it, or its materials, and click OK once more to exit out of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.


To create the etched glass material

  1. Select Library> Library Browser   to display the Library Browser window.


  2. Browse to a material that you would like to copy and modify to create your etched glass material, right-click on it and select Copy.

     


    For the purposes of this example, browse to Materials> Fabric & Wall Coverings> Patterns & Prints> Climbing Floral> Blue> Floral Navy Print.

    You could also import an image from an outside source, such as a picture that you have taken, or from a picture that you located online.

    For instructions on how to add your own materials to Home Designer, see the article on Adding a custom material linked in the Related Articles section.



  3. Scroll down to your User Catalog folder, right click on it, and select Paste.

     

    In Home Designer version 9.0 programs, scroll down to your User Libraries folder, right click on it, and select Paste.


  4. Now that you have a copy of the material in your User Libraries, right click on it and select Open to display the Define Material dialog. 


  5. In the Define Material dialog:  

    • Rename the material to Etched Glass - White Floral

    • Check the Blend Color And Texture checkbox,



    • Click on the Select Color button to display the Color Chooser dialog, select an off white, and click OK.

    • Adjust the material's transparency using the slider to 40%



    • Click OK when you have completely making changes to apply them, and the material in your User Libraries will take on the characteristics that you have adjusted.


Now that we have both our cabinet, and etched glass material ready, we can apply the material to our base cabinet's glass doors.

 

 We can do this either in a 3D camera view by using the Material Painter   in Component  mode, or by applying the material in the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

For the purposes of this example, we will walk you through adjusting the material in the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

 

To change the cabinet's glass material using the dialog

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to select the Base Cabinet, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to again display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.


  2. Select the Materials panel, select the Cabinet Door's Glass option to highlight it, and click on the Select Material button to display the Select Library Object dialog.

     


  3. Browse to your User Libraries and select the Etched Glass - White Floral material to highlight it, and click OK to close the dialog and apply the glass to the Base Cabinet.


  4. Click OK once again to apply the change in the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.


  5. Take a 3D Camera  view to see your results.