Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the geolocation, part of Rendering with AutoCAD.
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- Notice when we add a light, AutoCAD gets kinda dark. That's because it assumes that if we're adding lights, it must be dark out. How would it know any better? By setting the geolocation of our drawing, we can change what AutoCAD is assuming to what AutoCAD knows for a fact. By turning on the sun and changing our geographic location to some place that makes sense, we can then go back to the Sun properties and specify what time of day it is in a specific region. To get started, I'm gonna jump into my Archway drawing. I'm gonna go to my Visualize tab.
For my Sun Status, I'm just gonna turn it on. Our lights aren't as effective now because we just changed night to day. What I want to do now is hit this Sun Location dropdown, and I want to click on Set Location. Now I want to go from Map. Let's select Yes for Do you want to use Online Map Data? Now in our geographic location, I can specify a location. I live in Syracuse, New York, so I'm gonna type that. I'm gonna hit Enter.
So I'm basically downtown Syracuse. I'm gonna drop a marker right here. I haven't been in this area in a while, but that's fine. I'm gonna click my Next button down here. Now we're gonna set up our Coordinate System. I want to set it up for New York State plane so it's gonna give me a really big list of GIS Coordinates. Now I have a whole bunch of choices for my New York State. I'm gonna go ahead and grab NY-E down here. My Time Zone's correct. My Drawing Units are in Inches. I'm gonna click Next. Select a point for the location, 0, 0, 0 is what I want.
That's the default so just hit Enter. The north direction angle is at 90 degrees, exactly where I want it, so I'm gonna hit Enter again. Now this sets me up. Puts my building in the middle of a road, but we can see that it sets our geolocation up to be in downtown Syracuse. We could change that. We could Map Aerial, Map Road, Map Hybrid. I like their Aerial.
I'm gonna hit Escape a couple times. We can always edit the location by moving this more into the parking lot than out of the road. But you can kinda see the effect. Here we go. Now your drawing feels just like home.
- Exploring workspaces
- Adding and mapping materials
- Setting up visual styles and viewports
- Adding and adjusting lighting
- Rendering a scene
- Creating cameras
- Animating a scene