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The way to add life to a rendering is by applying photorealistic materials, and you'll find that the Mac edition of AutoCAD ships with a library containing hundreds of materials to choose from. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to use the Materials Browser to select materials to be used for a photorealistic rendering. As you can see, we're picking up where we left off in the last lesson. I'm going to start by rendering this drawing, so we can see the state of the current file. I'll open the View menu, I'll come down to Render, and I'll select Render.
And I'm sure you'll agree that this image has no life. Everything is essentially being rendered using neutral gray materials. Let's close this and I'm going to open the Materials Browser such that we can go shopping for some photorealistic materials. The Browser can be found in the Window menu. I'm going to come down to Materials Browser, note that I can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+8. Right here in the Document Materials area, you can see the materials that I'm currently using for this drawing.
Let's selects some materials that are a little more appropriate. Now selecting materials in this Browser is very similar to how we do it on the Windows platform. I'm going to click this arrow to open up the Autodesk Library, and I can shop for a material by selecting a category, and then I can grab the slider and scroll up and down through the samples, or if I'm looking for something specific, I can type what I'm looking for in the search area at the top and AutoCAD will show me the materials related to my search. Let's start by selecting a Wood Material for the Floor.
I'm going to click the Flooring - Wood category and then I'll drag down through the samples, and I'll select Beechwood - Galliano because this one looks most like a bowling alley. Once I select the material, I will then immediately click the floor to apply that material to that object. When I'm finished I'll press ESC and that material is added to the Document Materials' area. Now let's grab a material for the bowling pins. I'm going to move up to the search field and I'll type white.
I will then select the Finish category and I'm going to select the Lacquer - White material, and I'll apply it to this pin and this one, let's drag the Browser over a little, and I'll select this one. When I'm finished, I'll press ESC and I'll clear the search. Next I need something for the painted stripes on the pins. I'm going to type a red this time in the search area. I'll come down to the Plastic category, let's drag down through the samples.
and I'm going to select High Gloss - Burnt Red, and I'll apply that to these stripes, and these, let's drag this over again, and I'll select these and I'll press ESC. Finally, I need a material for the bowling ball. Now I'm going to go with a traditional black ball, so I'm going to type black in the search area. Then I'll come down and select the Metallic Paint category, and let's try Glazed - Black.
I'll apply this to the ball, I'll press ESC, and I'll clear the search. Now that I'm finished, I'm going to click the minimize icon to roll up the Material Browser and let's Render this drawing again. All right, this looks pretty good, except my bowling ball appears way too glossy. Let's close the Render window and we'll try a different material. I'm going to maximize the Material Browser; I'm going to type black in the search area again.
Let's come back down to Metallic Paint, and this time I'll try Flaked Satin - Black. I'll apply that to the ball. I'll press Escape. This time I'll close the Material Browser and we'll Render this drawing again. In the event I'd like to save this rendered image to disk, I can click the Save button. I'll give this a name, we'll call it final_render.
I'm going to save this to the Desktop, and if I click the File Format flyout, I can select from several popular image formats. I'm going to save this as a BMP, and I'll click Save and then I'll click OK to accept the best color range. When it comes to Render Materials, the Mac Edition of AutoCAD supports the same library that you'll find on the Windows version. Using the Materials Browser, you can quickly navigate through hundreds of samples to find the perfect material for your rendering.
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