Paint and Color
This page describes how to paint and color walls, floors and other objects.
The Directory contains several Paint and Color categories:
To apply paint and color to surfaces, drag-and-drop them from the Paint Samples or Color Picker categories:
Check "Tint surfaces" to tint materials instead of replacing them.
For example, apply a white brick material to a wall, choose "Tint Surface" and apply paint to it. The material is tinted with the color rather then replaced by it.
This works best with light materials. See "Paintables" below.
The Paintables category contains materials that accept paint and color well:
Apply paint and colors to multiple wall, floor, countertop, roof and stair surfaces by holding in keys during the drag-and-drop process.
color to all sides: Hold down the Alt key when you drag paint and
color to a wall, floor, countertop, roof or stairs to apply paint and
color to all sides simultaneously.
Apply color to all sides of "type": When you hold down Ctrl and Alt when dragging paint to a wall, floor, roof or countertop, the color will be applied to all sides of that "type". For example, hold in Ctrl and Alt, drag a color to a wall and it will be applied to all sides of all walls in the project simultaneously.
Note: These keys also work with Edit> Copy Color and Material.
To copy and paste paint and color from one surface to another, see Edit> Copy Color and Material.
Sometimes you don't want to paint an entire wall or other structural surface. To paint part of a surface, do this:
Note: This only works with floors, walls, countertops and roofs - not furniture.
Use the Color Picker to choose any color you need.
Follow steps below:
To emulate glossy paint surfaces, set reflectivity by right-clicking a surface and setting reflectivity values. See suggested values below.
As in real life, plan3D colors are affected by spotlights and sun. The more light on a color, the brighter it will be. If a spotlight or sun is behind a wall the color may be dull or gray. Drag the sun or spotlight to brighten the surface in question.
Computer display settings - like the color settings on a television - may not be calibrated. Yellows may have a green tint or reds may look purple.
The EasyRGB website may be useful for calibrating your display colors.
Right-click a surface, choose "Hide Paint". Repeat to show it.