visual styles

a mini e-book for AutoCAD users


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Table of Contents
Tailoring Visual Styles

About the Author
Ralph Grabowski

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 Chapter 2


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Chapter 3


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Chapter 4


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Chapter 5


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Chapter 6


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Appendix A


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Appendix B



about the author

Ralph Grabowski has authored and co-authored 80+ books on CAD management, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Generic CADD, IntelliCAD, MicroStation, TurboCAD, VDraft, Visio, HTML, and VRML. He is the editor of two e-newsletters, upFront.eZine and iCommunique .

Mr Grabowski received his B.A.Sc ('80) degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. He currently works and lives in the beautiful Central Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada.

You can visit his Web site at upfrontezine.com



Tailoring Visual Styles is the fourth in Ralph Grabowksi's series of "mini" e-books for the AutoCAD user. 

The 74-page PDF book is contains tutorials for learning AutoCAD 2007's new visual styles system. The PDF book 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.

As with all of our PDF books:

  • All illustrations in full color.
  • Formatted for printing on standard 8.5x11 paper.
  • Margins designed for three-hole punching. 

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also available as mini-eBooks:

(Fewer pages = lower price.)

Tailoring AutoCAD CUI US$9.60
Tailoring Dynamic Blocks US$9.90
Tailoring Quick Calc US$5.40


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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, V
isual Styles Toolbar and Menu
3D Terms.

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.
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


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