Tailoring Visual Styles – a mini e-book for AutoCAD 2007-2010 users. Tailoring Visual Styles is 74-pages in PDF format and contains tutorials for learning the AutoCAD visual styles system.

What Are Visual Styles?

Visual Styles were first introduced in AutoCAD 2007 and control how objects look in 3D. With this book you’ll learn how to control the look of your model without rendering it. When you learn to use Visual Styles you will be able to visualize your drawing more clearly.

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Tailoring Visual Styles Features:

  • Guided tour of visual styles.
  • Working with the Tool Palette, Dashboard, Visual Styles toolbar, and Visual Styles palette.
  • Commands and system variables that affect visual styles.
  • Coverage of the perplexing Background and Ground Shadow options.
  • Two full-length tutorials on workin with visual styles.
  • 130 figures and dozens of tips.

This AutoCAD Book Features:

  • Download Delivery with CD Option.
  • All illustrations in full color.
  • Formatted for printing on standard 8.5×11 paper.
  • Margins designed for three-hole punching.

table of contents

chapter 1 — introduction to visual styles
The Wheres and Hows of Visual Styles, Visual Style Names, Plotting and Rendering Considerations.
The Range of Visual Style Properties.
Invoking Visual Styles, Visual Styles Toolbar and Menu
3D Terms.

chapter 2 — visual styles on tool palettes
Trying Out Visual Styles, Visual Style: X-Ray, Visual Style: Sketchy, Visual Style: Shades of Gray.
Visual Style Tool Palette Options.
Changing Visual Styles on Tool Palettes.
Adding Visual Styles to Tool Palettes.

chapter 3 — visual styles & the dashboard
Touring the Visual Styles Control Panel.
Toolbar, X-Ray Mode, Shadows, Face Colors, Tuning Dialog, Visual Styles Manager.
Predefined Visual Styles.
Face Styles, Face Styles, Facets or Smooth.
Edge Styles, Facet Edges/IsoLines, Edge Overhang, Edge Jitter, Silhouette Edges.
Hidden & Intersection Line Colors, Obscured Edges, Intersection Edges.

chapter 4 — the visual styles palette
Shortcut Menu Options
Face Settings, Face Style, Materials and Color, Toolbar.
Environment Settings, Adjusting Shadows, Edge Settings, Edge Modifiers, Edge Modifiers Toolbar, Fast Silhouette Edges, Obscured Edges, Intersection Edges.

chapter 5 — tutorial 1: creating visual styles
Step 1 — Determine Probable Parameters.
Step 2 — Name the New Style.
Step 3 — Fiddling With Properties, Fast Silhouette Edges — On, Edge Mode — Facet Edges, Crease Angle — 180, Face Settings — None, Obscured Edges — Off, Backgrounds — On.
Step 4 — Sharing Via Tool Palette.
Step 5 — Drawing Test.

chapter 6 — tutorial 2: cui & visual styles
Adding Custom Vs-Commands.
Catalog of Visual Style Commands in CUI


appendix a — command & sysvar summary
Related Commands
Related System Variables

appendix b — supported graphics boards