Paint with Materials
As we saw in an earlier exercise, you can create your own materials, and then paint those materials to faces in FormIt. In this exercise you will create and edit your own materials and import materials from the Autodesk Material library
Create the Glass Walls
Use the Rectangle-Tool-(R) to create another surface on top of the existing floor group. Make sure you are not editing the Floor group, but drawing on top of the grouped object.
Click to start the rectangle sketch at the back corner of the existing floor. Draw the rectangle at these dimensions: 28'-8" x 55'-5 ½"
Click Esc to exit the rectangle tool. Single click inside the new rectangle to select the face
Click once to start the Drag face operation. Move your mouse upwards along the Z axis, and click the Tab key to set the height to 11'-2"
Double click and Group (G) the new geometry
Double click the group to edit it. In the Properties Palette name the group Glass Walls
Right click on the top face and choose the Offset Face tool (OF)
Move your mouse cursor inward, press the Tab key and type in 4"
Click Esc twice to clear the tool, and the selection
Single click the interior top face to select it, then click again to start the drag face operation. Push the face all the way down, until it disappears
End Edit Group mode by double clicking off in space or hitting Esc
Select the Glass Walls group with a single click and put it on the Floor 1 layer
Import a Material from the Autodesk Material Library
Edit the Glass Walls group by double-clicking into it
Select the Materials Palette
Click the Import Materials button
In Materials Library dialog, choose Glazing from the categories on the left, and then choose Blue Reflective, and click OK
In the Materials palette, Single click on the preview tile for the Blue Reflective material you just imported. This launches the Paintbrush tool with the Blue Reflective material active
Double click the Glass Walls geometry to apply the material to the entire object
Click Esc to exit the Paintbrush tool, then ESC again, or double click off in space to exit the group
Quick Copy the Floor to Create the Roof
Select the Floor group with a single click
Click one of the lower corners to start the Move tool
Start moving the Floor up along the blue axis. Create a quick copy by tapping the Ctrl key. A "ghost" preview of the copy should appear
While moving along the blue axis, click the Tab key and enter 12' 2"
Edit the Roof
While the copied group is still selected, use the Make Unique (MU) command
Double click the group to edit it. Re-name the group Roof in the Properties Palette. Exit the group by double clicking off in space
Make a new Layer called Roof and put Roof group on it. You can toggle the layer on and off to verify the correct elements are on the roof
Import the Concrete > White material. Single click the material tile so you can paint with it
Single click the Roof group to paint it with the material. The entire group is painted!
Note: This is a helpful technique that allows you to paint different instances of the same group with different materials
Create the Lower Terrace
Find the lower terrace on the floor plan and zoom into that area.
You may need to toggle Snap to Grid (SG) on or off to hit the corner of image
Draw a Rectangle (R) 55' 3" long and 22'-7 3/4" wide, then extrude it 1'
Double click to select the geometry, then Group (G) it
Double click to edit the group and name it Lower Terrace. Double click off in space to exit the group
Double click to edit the group and name it Lower Terrace
Single click to select the Lower Terrace group. Click one of the corners and Move it up 2'-2" off the ground plane
Import the material Stone > Travertine
In the Materials Palette, find the Travertine material and Double click the preview tile
This launches the Material Editor. Click the Color preview. Change the Val to 190 to lighten the tint on the material
Paint the Floor 1 and Lower Terrace groups with the Travertine material