“I can see clearly now…..”

by Seth Cohen, CADmanage.com

The other day, a user called me about visualizing her project, and she was trying to get rid of some “lines” that were not making her design look nice.  This was in Civil 3D, but I thought this would make a great tip.

In MicroStation, the way you make the display shade is to use something called Display Styles.  They are quickly accessible in the View ToolBox in any view window.

Display Styles Drop-Down

Display Styles Drop-Down

So the problem the user was having was that the Edge Settings was set to have Visible Edges toggled on.  If you want to edit a display style, simply open the Display Style dialog box.  To turn off the Visible Edges, simply toggle it off…….done.

Display Style dialog box

Display Style dialog box

In AutoCAD, the way you make the display shade is to use something called Visual Styles.  They are quickly accessible in the Visual Styles Control in any viewport.

Visual Styles Control

Visual Styles Control

So, in AutoCAD, the problem is Edge Settings was set to have the Show category set to Isolines.  If you want to edit a visual style, simply open the Visual Styles Manager palette.  To turn off the edges, simply set the Show drop-down to None…….done.

Visual Styles Manager Palette

Visual Styles Manager Palette

And now, a pretty picture of a rendered intersection.  Can you guess which “CAD” this was rendered in?  Feel free to comment and be the first to guess.

Pretty Intersection

Pretty Intersection

“Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”  …………G.I. Joe

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