The Material Explorer is a tool for browsing, viewing, and applying graphical materials in CET Designer. You can change the material or color of the architecture, accessories from utility extensions, custom shapes, ProjectSymbols, and more.
From the Material Explorer you can also access the Material Lab in which you can create new materials, organize material categories used in the Material Explorer, render materials, customize predefined materials and much more!
- Smart symbols (PGC) inserted from a manufacturer's extension will not accept materials from the Material Explorer since finishes are applied through schemes or the green properties box. You can also apply COM's through schemes and properties. To apply materials from the Explorer, make your PGC symbol editable through the Edit Graphics extension.
- Materials do not contain pricing or product info
The Material Explorer window is divided into four main areas shown in the picture below: the View bar area, the Categories list, the Preview area and the Toolbar.
Read this article to learn more about the areas in the Material Explorer.
For more information on how to use the Material Explorer, please see this article.