Modifying Materials

Reference Number: KB-00583
Last Modified: October 14, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


I found a material in the library that I would like to modify and then use in different plans. How can I do this?

Bathroom with subway different tile materials


Existing materials can be copied and modified, then applied to individual walls, entire rooms, or specific surfaces.

The Adjust Material Definition tool is useful for quickly changing plan materials directly from a 3D view, however, changing a material's definition with this tool affects all objects in the current plan that are using this material. 

If you wish to customize a material that you see in the Library Browser and make those changes available for use in other plans or for exporting, begin by creating a copy of the material and then modify it as needed. 

To make a copy of the material

  1. Select View> Library Browser  and locate a tile material that you would like to modify.

  2. Right-click on the text that is specified as the Material's name and choose the Copy option.

    Copy material

    In this example, we are using materials found in a manufacturer catalog from DalTile®. You can download the DalTile® manufacturer catalog from the 3D Library.

  3. Move your cursor over the User Catalog folder and right-click to select the Paste option in the contextual menu.

    Paste material in User Catalog

    With the material copied to your User Catalog, you'll be able to modify it.

To modify a material

  1. Right-click on the material in your User Catalog folder and select Open Object.

    Open Object on copied material

  2. On the General panel of the Define Material dialog that displays:

    Make changes to this material in the Define Material dialog.

    Note: The display of the above dialog may vary slightly between the different product versions of Home Designer.

    • Enter a Name for this material to identify the changes you make. In this example, we've changed the scale to 10" x 10" and the angle to 45°.

    • The Scale can be modified to your liking. In this example, we set the X and Y Scale to 10".

    • The Rotate Angle can be modified to your liking. In this example, we've rotated the texture 45°.

    • Adjust any of the general options under Options to change how bright, shiny, transparent, and emissive the texture is.

  3. In Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro, you'll also have control over the pattern of the material. On the Pattern panel:

    Pattern panel in the Define Material dialog

    • The Name of the material can be modified here, just like the Texture panel in the previous step.

    • The Material and Line Color options can be modified by left-clicking the adjacent color boxes.

    • The Pattern Type can be changed through the drop down menu, or by browsing your library through the Library button.

    • The Width and Height of the pattern can be modified to your liking. In this example, the pattern is 12 3/16" x 12 3/16".

    • The pattern can be adjusted to have a Horizontal and Vertical Offset as well as rotated to an Angle. In this example, we've left these values at 0.

  4. Select OK to confirm your changes.

Finally, repeat this process to create any other additional modified versions of the material that you may want to use in your design.

To apply a material

  1. In plan view, use the Select Objects  tool to select an object to apply the material to, then click the Open Object  edit button. 

  2. On the Materials panel of the Specification dialog that displays, select the Component that you would like to change, then click on the Select Material button.

    Apply material in Materials panel

    In this example, a room is opened to specification and the Walls component is selected.

  3. In the Select Material dialog that displays, navigate to the User Catalog folder, select your modified material, then click OK.

  4. Once you have finished updating your materials, click OK to close the dialog.