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Issue 27 of Mechanical Tips & Tricks

Welcome to this month's Graitec Mechanical ‘Tips and Tricks’ newsletter. We have produced this with you our Clients, in mind. Our aim is to regularly pass on helpful Tips and Tricks on Autodesk Mechanical Software products. We will try and keep this document full of useful and relevant information for you but if you want to make some suggestions on the content, drop us a line and we will do our best to include your requests. Please take the time to look at the contents of this Newsletter, you never know, the answer to something that is puzzling you today may be right here.

This Months Tips & Tricks Focus Is On:

Utilisation Of Visual Styles & Photoshop

During some recent customer presentations, I have utilised the 'Visual Styles' within Inventor along with Photoshop to quickly create some impressive imagery rather than invest time within the Studio. Due to the quality of the real time graphical style now being so good, unless the requirement is to be photorealistic, this process works very well and in my opinion, gives a better overall presentation style.

There are many ways to enhance the display of the model for presentational purposes, however, it is the mix of them that really allows the images to stand out from the crowd. Follow the next few steps and have a go yourselves, I think you'll be surprised just how easy the process is!.

A)Obtain the view of the model you need and switch the perspective option on (located on the navigation bar)

B)There is a way of being able to adjust the perspective value of the display which a lotof people don't appreciate. After switching perspective on, activate the standard 'Zoom' command, hold down CTRL SHIFT along with your left mouse button. With this set, push the mouse forward and back you will see the real time adjustment take place. This particular process is very effective when trying to use background imagery and therefore having the ability to adjust the model to suit the surrounding environment.


View the video below which covers this process:

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C)Next we apply a different 'Visual Style' from the Navigation Bar = Wireframe visible


D)If required, modify your background colour to utilise a company branded setup as below, this can be set from within the 'Application Options', 'Colour' tab.


E)Use the 'File Save Copy As' to export the image as a bmp file


F)Next we utilise one of the new 'Environment' settings to allow for a more realistic representation of the model on highly polished finishes. When switching to different 'Environments' the software will use the selection to determine the reflections on the model as well as automatically change the background image to suit. Due to wanting the original background, this can easily be set back as shown within the video below.

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G) With the 'Visual Style' 'Shaded' switched on, re-export the image using the 'Save Copy As' function again selecting the bmp file format.


H)Finally, also switch to 'Visual Style' 'Wireframe' and re-export as before.


I)Utilising a graphics application such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop etc, open the original exported bmp. Create a new layer and then copy and paste the second exported image over the first. Using the eraser tool and a suitable brush, you can remove part of the second image. This process can also be used to bring in and manipulate the third image as seen within the following video. 

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