AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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The drawing used in the following Step-by-Step exercise on attaching materials, ab20-b.dwg, is in the Drawings folder of the AutoCAD 2002 Bible CD-ROM.

Step-by-Step: Attaching Materials

1.    Open ab25-b.dwg from the CD-ROM.

2.    Save the file as ab25-6.dwg in your AutoCAD Bible folder. If the Render toolbar is not open, right-click any toolbar and choose Render. This is the same drawing used earlier in the chapter, but all the materials have been imported and modified, and some materials have been attached to objects. Also, the table and chairs have been separated into appropriate layers.

3.    Choose Materials from the Render toolbar. Click By Layer. In the Attach by Layer dialog box, choose PINK MARBLE from the Select a Material list. Choose TABLE_TOP from the Select Layer list. Click Attach. The PINK MARBLE material appears next to the TABLE_TOP layer.

4.    Choose STITCHED PATTERN from the left list and CUSHIONS from the right list and click Attach. In the same way, attach WOOD-WHITE ASH to the LEGS layer. Click OK.

5.    In the Materials dialog box, choose GREEN GLASS and click Attach. AutoCAD finds the bowl, which has already been attached to the GREEN GLASS material and displays the Gathering objects…1 found. Select objects to attach «GREEN GLASS» to: prompt. Select the plate on the table and press Enter to return to the dialog box.

6.    Click OK to return to your drawing.

7.    Save your drawing. Keep it open if you are continuing to the next Step-by-Step exercise.

Using Backgrounds

AutoCAD offers some sophisticated features for adding backgrounds to your rendering. For example, you can place a picture of the sky in the background. You can also add landscape features such as trees and bushes. This section covers the basics of backgrounds. You have a choice of four types of backgrounds:

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