Up and Running with 3D in AutoCAD 2013
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Working with tiled viewports


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Up and Running with 3D in AutoCAD 2013

with Scott Onstott

Video: Working with tiled viewports

To fully visualize an object in 3D, you need to orbit around it in a single view port. In this lesson, you will learn how to view all sides of an object at once, by using multiple tiled view ports. In addition, you will see how you can start a command in one view port. And end it in another to take advantage of the expanded spatial picture depicted in tiled view ports. Go ahead and open the cathedral three project file. On the view tab in the model Viewports panel, open the Viewport Configuration flyout menu. This lists a bunch of potential different arrangements for tiled viewports. Let's try four equal.

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2h 37m Beginner Jul 19, 2012

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If you're comfortable with 2D drawing in AutoCAD 2013 and ready to start creating and designing three-dimensional models, this workshop from AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott is for you. Learn about 3D navigation and wireframing; surface, solid, and mesh modeling techniques; designing and assigning materials; placing natural and artificial lights; and configuring both direct and global illumination rendering parameters to create photorealistic renderings. With the 3D techniques from this course, you can prepare to bring your designs one step closer to reality.

Topics include:
  • 3D views, perspectives, and tools in AutoCAD
  • Controlling the visual style
  • Working with tiled viewports
  • Composing perspective views
  • Drawing in 3D
  • Modeling an Ionic column
  • Documenting 3D models
  • Creating dynamic slideshows, animations, and renderings
Subjects:
video2brain CAD
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Scott Onstott

Working with tiled viewports

To fully visualize an object in 3D, you need to orbit around it in a single view port. In this lesson, you will learn how to view all sides of an object at once, by using multiple tiled view ports. In addition, you will see how you can start a command in one view port. And end it in another to take advantage of the expanded spatial picture depicted in tiled view ports. Go ahead and open the cathedral three project file. On the view tab in the model Viewports panel, open the Viewport Configuration flyout menu. This lists a bunch of potential different arrangements for tiled viewports. Let's try four equal.

This divides the screen into these four separate viewports. Only one viewport can be active at any given time. You can see which one is active by a thicker border around it. You can also determine that by the position of the cursor. I can see it here in this view port. But if I move up here, I don't see it. Just click in a viewport to activate it. And then you can work in there.

Each view port has its own view cube. For example, over here, I'll click on the top. And then I'll rotate this, zoom in. And change the visual style to wire frame. Over here, in this view port. I'll choose northwest isometric. And I'll change the visual style to hidden. Over here, I'll choose the front view. And I'll change the visual style to shaded with edges. I'll just zoom out a bit by rotating the mouse wheel. So, you can configure each viewport how you like it. Now, let's say I wanted to work here, in the front viewport and I'd like to see this full screen.

Click on this plus symbol, here in the Viewport Controls menu. And choose maximize view port. Now it fills the screen. If I want to go back, I can click Restore. A shortcut for this is simply to double click this plus icon in any viewport. Let's say I want to work in this viewport. I can click in it and work in it over here. Or if I want to see this full screen, I can double-click on the plus symbol.

And that takes me full screen in that particular viewport. To go back, I can double-click the minus symbol. And then I'll see my four tiled viewports. So, let's say you want to draw a line. Go to the Home tab, click the Line tool and let's say you want to start it from some point that you can see in one view port down here. I'll snap to this end point. And suppose for sake of argument, that I want to draw it over here on the ground.

But I can't see where that's going to snap, because of the complexity of the model. I could just come over here into this viewport. Click to make that viewport active. And you can see that the Line command is still in progress. I can then zoom in here and snap it to another point. And thus, complete the line command. So you can use the different viewports to help you see all the different sides of the object at once. If you're working with four tiled viewports each viewport takes a quarter of the screen.

And so you don't have that much room to work. You can combine adjacent viewports if you want. Go back to the View tab and click Join. Then click on two adjacent viewports, and they're joined together. So in this way, you can configure the tiles however you want. You can choose them from this Flyout menu, you can join adjacent viewports, and you know how to maximize and minimize viewports, to make them full screen, and to go back to your tiled viewports.

So now that you've learned the mechanics of working with tiled view ports, you can now visualize objects from all sides at once.

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