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

  1. 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.

  2. 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"

  3. Click Esc to exit the rectangle tool. Single click inside the new rectangle to select the face

  4. 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"

  5. Double click and Group (G) the new geometry

  6. Double click the group to edit it. In the Properties Palette name the group Glass Walls

  7. Right click on the top face and choose the Offset Face tool (OF)

  8. Move your mouse cursor inward, press the Tab key and type in 4"

  9. Click Esc twice to clear the tool, and the selection

  10. 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

  11. End Edit Group mode by double clicking off in space or hitting Esc

  12. 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

  1. Edit the Glass Walls group by double-clicking into it

  2. Select the Materials Palette

  3. Click the Import Materials button

  4. In Materials Library dialog, choose Glazing from the categories on the left, and then choose Blue Reflective, and click OK

  5. 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

  6. Double click the Glass Walls geometry to apply the material to the entire object

  7. 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

  1. Select the Floor group with a single click

  2. Click one of the lower corners to start the Move tool

  3. 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

  4. While moving along the blue axis, start typing 12' 2" and a dimension box will appear. Hit OK or press Enter to finalize the position.

Edit the Roof

  1. While the copied group is still selected, use the Make Unique (MU) command

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Import the Concrete > White material. Single click the material tile so you can paint with it

  5. 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

  1. Find the lower terrace on the floor plan and zoom into that area.

  2. You may need to toggle Snap to Grid (SG) on or off to hit the corner of image

  3. Draw a Rectangle (R) 55' 3" long and 22'-7 3/4" wide, then extrude it 1'

  4. Double click to select the geometry, then Group (G) it

  5. Double click to edit the group and name it Lower Terrace. Double click off in space to exit the group

  6. Double click to edit the group and name it Lower Terrace

  7. Single click to select the Lower Terrace group. Click one of the corners and Move it up 2'-2" off the ground plane

  8. Import the material Stone > Travertine

  9. In the Materials Palette, find the Travertine material and Double click the preview tile

  10. This launches the Material Editor. Click the Color preview. Change the Val to 190 to lighten the tint on the material

  11. Paint the Floor 1 and Lower Terrace groups with the Travertine material