Customizing a Material

Reference Number: KB-00924
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional, Architectural, Suite, Interiors, Essentials, and Landscape & Deck covers


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


Materials in Home Designer programs can be edited so that they better suit your design needs.

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 customize a library material

  1. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu to open the library. 

    • In Home Designer 2014 and prior versions, navigate to Library> Library Browser. 

  2. Browse to the library material that you would like to modify, right-click on it and select Copy from the menu.

  3. Browse to your User Catalog, right-click on it and select Paste from the menu.

    • Note that the copy has the same name as the original material.

  4. Right-click on the copied material which is now in your User Catalog and select Open from the menu. In the Define Material dialog:

    • Type a short, descriptive new name for the material.

    • Make any needed modifications to the material, then click OK.

  5. The new material is now saved in the library and is ready for use in any plan file.