Learn how to add a camera view to capture only the camera orientation and zoom.
- [Instructor] Solidworks Composer can also be used to generate some very nice high-quality marketing images. The first thing I'll do when starting my marketing image is introduce the concept of camera views. Camera view is a special type of custom view that captures only the camera's orientation and zoom level, but not the location or property values. This is useful, as I can use camera views as kind of a reference viewpoint that I can always easily jump back and forth between, without altering any of my other properties.
For example, I'll start here with my first view. Maybe I'll just zoom in slightly. Let's say this is the marketing view that I really like. Maybe I'll jump over to my views and create a new view. I can rename this to Marketing View, but what I'll also do is create a marketing camera view.
To do that I'll just go back up to my view icons. Right beside Create View I have another button, Create a Camera View. I can just click Create Camera View. We see here I have a new view, again maybe I'll right click and rename to Marketing Camera View, and here we can see it actually looks slightly different than all of the other views we've created as well.
Let's take a look at the difference between just a standard view and a camera view. Remember, camera view only holds the camera angle and zoom. Very often I'll need to make a whole variety of changes to my views or my properties. Let's say I'll start with my marketing view. Maybe I want to change a few things here. Maybe I want to rotate a little bit, grab a component.
Maybe change the color of that component. Maybe zoom out a little bit. Rotate a little bit more, and grab a component, change the color, and so on. Now here I've made a couple changes, but I've also of course changed my rotation and my viewing angle. Let's say if I really loved that first marketing view, that kind of iso view that was zoomed in there, but I also want to hold these changes I've just made.
Right now what I'd like to do is jump back to that specific view, and then update those changes that I've made. What do we think would happen if I double clicked on this marketing view? The marketing view is just a standard view. That holds all values and all properties. If I were to double click on this view, yes it will jump back to that specific view I loved, but it also changed all of those property values and colors I changed.
Similarly, let's just do that once more. Scroll around a little bit, rotate, and just make some slight changes, something like this. Again, what I'm looking to do here is jump back to that specific isometric view that I liked, and then update these properties or these color changes. As we just saw, if I double clicked on my marketing view, that would jump me back to that specific view, but also jump back those properties.
Whereas, now if if double click on my marketing camera view, it will jump me back to that specific view and angle that I liked, but it won't change anything else. Here we can see the camera view can be quite useful in this manner, as usually once you are happy with a specific view angle, you could save out a camera view and a standard view, so you can jump between and update as needed.
Now that I'm happy with my view and my changes, maybe I can right click on this marketing view, update. Now we have our new marketing view with that specific viewing angle I liked and any changes I may have made.
- Composer terminology
- Creating your first view and image output
- Changing actor and background properties
- Using the transform tools
- Inserting explode lines
- Adding textures
- Working with a Bill of Materials (BOM)