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Import Materials

Create custom materials by importing graphics files with the Import Material button.


Import Material ButtonIt’s easy to import graphics such as tile, concrete, and paver patterns; brick and stucco surfaces; and even photographs. The graphics files can be imported in the .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tga, and .tif formats.

Once you have imported the graphic, you can save it to the material library using the Save button under the Material Library List View. If you do not save an imported material to the library, it will appear only in the project you imported it in.

The imported graphic will automatically tile across the selected surface. Use the Scale, Rotate, and Pan tools (located under Material Manipulation in the Materials Library) to adjust the way that the graphic tiles.

Importing Materials

In the Materials Stage select the area you would like to apply the material to and click Import Image. You can select any shape you have drawn such as a deck, hardscape, or wall of the house:


Once you click Import Image, select the image of the material on your computer that you would like to use and click Open:

Select Custom Material

Once you click Open, the custom material will apply in your design:

Add Custom Material


You can now save this custom material to your Library to use in future projects. It's easy to do: select the shape, click Save, select a Category and Type, and enter a Template Name.

Save Custom Material

You may also use the Color Wheel or Hue Saturation Values (See Customize Materials) on materials you have imported.


Note: Once you edit the imported material,  the material will be substantially changed and will have only one primary color. When you import a material, it will be imported onto every surface you have selected.