Though they serve different purposes, Color Groups and Color Associations are both managed the same way within the Architectural Manager
Color Groups make it easy to assign groups of colors in one go. They eliminate the need for repetitive, and inefficient setup of communities by allowing Developers to collect groups of colors together based on similar characteristics (like a related Material or Community).
Basic setup is done under the Edit tab much like Colors themselves (Select Color Groups, and click "Add Color Group") with one added bonus: Color Groups can be copied from other Color Groups.
- Select Color Groups,
- Click "Add Color Group"
- In the "Copy Colors From" field, start typing the name of an existing group (or many groups) to add them to the new Color Group.
Assigning Colors to a Color Group can also be done on the Edit tab by:
- When adding a new Color,
- In the "Color Groups" field, start typing the name of one or more Color Groups.
- Once the Color is added, it'll also be a part of the assigned Color Groups.
The more common way to add multiple Colors to a Color Group though is done on the Assign Colors tab. More information about assigning Color Groups can be found in Assigning Colors and Materials.
Color Associations prevent builders from submitting the same colours on neighboring lots. They Associations help to reduce the time wasted on reviewing and rejecting submissions because neighbouring colors are named differently, or are from a different manufacturer, but for all intents and purposes should be considered duplicates.
They do this by warning the reviewer when submitted colors are in conflict with neighbouring lots.
Basic setup and assigning of Colors to a Color Association is identical to Color Groups above. Once setup, associated colors do not need to be assigned to communities or their Finish Assignments to work.