Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using visual styles to develop 3D views, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] So we're in another AutoCAD tip and trick for lynda.com. So we've got a new drawing for you. Now, visual styles are normally used in a 3D drafting environment. However, you can gain access to 3D objects in your 2D drafting environment, as well. So we're in a standard 2D drafting environment right now in our 08 visual styles drawing. Now again, you can download that, as per normal from your lynda.com exercise files to follow along with the video. Now at the moment, we are in the top view in a 2D drawing but we're looking at the top of if I hover over it a 3D solid.
So that means that this 3D solid also has a depth, we're looking down on it, we're looking at the top of it. It's like we're looking at the top of a skyscraper in a movie. You know those helicopter views where you look down on the tops of the skyscrapers on a cityscape. That kind of idea. Now, we've got the view cube over here. So I could go to an isometric view on the view cube. If I hover over it and click there's an isometric view there. Or, I can come over here to the view control and I can change it to something like the southeast isometric, for example.
So there's our 3D solid there, and you can see it's obviously got a depth. And that depth is actually 500 units, or 500 millimeters whatever you want it to be. Right now though, we are in a visual style over here is our visual styles there of 2D Wireframe. So if I click there I can control the visual styles that I'm using for this particular drawing environment. So if I went to something like Conceptual you'll see that I get a nice little bit of shading.
And I can see all the different faces and facets. Now you'll notice there's a new feature in AutoCAD in the 2017.1 update. And it's this enhanced 3D performance. Now you'll notice the particular view that I'm in the conceptual view, is telling me that enhanced 3D performance is not available for the current visual style. So I have to go into my visual styles setting to change the settings. Now I'm not going to worry about that now because this is purely a little tips and tricks video. But if I wanted to change those settings I would go here where the visual styles are.
And go into the Visual Styles Manager. As you can see, it's quite a big palette there. If I just bring that down a little bit you can see there's all the visual styles here. And I can click on each one, there's Conceptual, there's Hidden. There's my 2D Wireframe. And I can change all of the settings to build up that 3D display performance the enhanced 3D performance. Now I'm not going to show you how to do that right now. I'm going to close the Visual Style Manager. And I'm also going to close this 3D display performance notification.
I'll just click on the little cross there and it's gone. So let's change our visual style to something different. Let's go to, for example, Sketchy. Now, isn't that crazy? We now have a sketch-like view of a lovely accurate 3D solid that we've created in AutoCAD. So basically, we've gone full circle. We've gone from sketches in a notepad for our designs to super duper accurate AutoCAD all the way back to a sketchy visual style.
Which I find quite ironic but also quite amusing. And you've got to admit, it does look kind of cool like that, as well. So if we were into something like a visual style of shades of gray, I love this one because it gives it all in a gray environment. But what I really like is you can see all the faces, all the apexes, the vertices, the edges, and so on. If I zoom in close with shades of gray it's a really nice visual style. I can see everything that I'm doing and also, as well, if I hold down Shift and hold down the wheel on the mouse and do a little orbit there, can you see it just all stays nice and shaded and clean.
I really like shades of gray, it's one of my favorite visual styles in AutoCAD. However, I could go to something just like Hidden. And that gives me what the 2D Wireframe did. If I go back to 2D Wireframe this one here that shows me all the hidden edges and hidden detail. If I go to Hidden that hides them all. It hides all the hidden detail. But again, I get that 3D display performance notification. So if you do get that, don't worry, just close it down if you need to. And what we'll do there, as well, is we'll go back to our southeast isometric again, like so, as well.
And I'll just quickly close that down I don't need that display performance notification coming up. So you'll notice that these visual styles actually make your 3D views a lot lot easier to utilize. I really like something like Conceptual, for example. It's quick and easy. And it shows you exactly what needs to be done. Also, as well, I can go to other different ones, as well. So if I came to something like Wireframe that looks remarkably like 2D Wireframe. It is, but it's in a 3D environment.
And then if I come down here, X-Ray's a nice one because it kind of gives me that lovely kind of shaded effect with all the grid on each of the faces and I can see through those faces to the edges in the faces behind. Again, you'll notice this enhanced 3D display performance notification kicks in. So just be aware of that, just come out of any commands just by hitting Escape and then just click on the little cross to close the bubble down. You will get that pop up a lot if you've installed the AutoCAD 2017.1 update.
Because all of your settings need to be enhanced to get that 3D enhanced performance in AutoCAD 2017. But as you can see, those visual styles are visual tools to allowing you to work with your 3D objects in your AutoCAD drawings.
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