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Creating shaded images

Creating a shaded image of your drawing removes hidden lines and then applies shading to the visible surfaces based on their entity color. Because they are intended to provide a quick visualization, shaded images do not have a light source and use continuous colors across surfaces, causing them to appear flat and unrealistic.

To create a shaded image, use any of these methods

  • Choose View > Rendering > Shade.
  • On the Rendering toolbar, click the Shade tool ().
  • Type shade and then press Enter.
  • To control the appearance of the shaded image, choose Settings > Drawing Settings, and then click the 3D Settings tab and select the options you want. You can shade the surfaces and edges of the model in four ways:

  • Faces shaded; edges not highlighted.
  • Faces shaded; edges highlighted in the background color.
  • Faces filled in the background color; edges drawn using the entity color (similar to a hidden-line view).
  • Faces filled using the entity color; edges highlighted in the background color.
  • See the online Command Reference for more information about shading images.

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