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Sat, Feb 24, 2007 at 9:42:10 PM | Changing colors of families




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So here is the scoop....

I made an island family with a sink, range, and eating area. And of course I want to change the colors from the ugly flat grey. When I select the thing I want to change the color of and go to its properies and then to its material and select what I want, in this case it is the extruded object I used to fill inbetween my cabinets that I want to be cherry. Once I do that I go to the counter to make it granite, and it says it is cherry also. Everything turned cherry. And once I change one they all change to that one color. I dont get it....

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Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 6:23:49 PM | Changing colors of families




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If you joined teh geometry together, which it sounds like you did, then everything which is joined will have the same material (and many other properties) applied to all of the geometries.  Unjoin the geometries and start to apply materials again.

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Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 6:50:39 PM | Changing colors of families



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Or try the paint bucket tool to apply a material to the faces of the geometry.  I have not tried this but it may be worth a try.  Let us know if that works.



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Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 8:37:37 PM | Changing colors of families



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I would unjoin and start from there.  I would create a material parameter for the objects that have similar materials, such as cabinet frames, fillers and doors.  That way, if you decide to change the finish of the cabinet system, it all changes in group.  It's much cleaner than joining geometry.  In addition, it can apply to the balance of the cabinets, and if you make it into a Shared Parmeter, it can be used in the Finish Schedule and/or Casework Schedule...

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