AutoCAD 5 - Advanced Rendering and Customization

48 Hours / Access Length: 3 Months / Delivery: Online, Instructor Supported

Course Overview:

This course will be discontinued on February 5th, 2021.

Learn advanced rendering and customization techniques for the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers lighting methods for day and night renderings, custom material creation, bump and opacity mapping, landscape objects, introduction to animated walk-throughs, and customization tools including the creation of custom commands and macros.

The delivery format of this course is via self-directed, video lectures and demonstrations, PDF manuals, and online support via web-based discussion groups and email support.

This course is designed for the full, Windows version of AutoCAD.  Regarding running AutoCAD on a Mac, the best solution is to use the Mac's Bootcamp utility and have a copy of Windows installed on its own partition. Parallels Desktop will also work and will allow you to install the full PC version of AutoCAD on your Mac.
Although there is an "AutoCAD for Mac" version available, it is not widely used and is missing many of the features found in the full Windows version of AutoCAD. The current Mac version will work for the level one course but if you continue your training with the intermediate and advanced courses, the further you go the more you will run into features that simply do not exist on the Mac software.

Required prerequisite: A student must demonstrate knowledge of AutoCAD 4 - Advanced 3D and Basic Rendering to the instructor in order to enroll.

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Design Daytime Lighting Solutions with Sunlight Systems
  • Design Nighttime Lighting Solutions with User Lights
  • Create and work with Advanced Materials
  • Create Custom Landscape and Entourage
  • Create Realistic Lighting with Global Illumination and Final Gather
  • Create Motion Path Animations
  • Customize the User Interface

Students can get a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk by going here.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Lights I – Overview of Lighting

Working with Sunlight Systems. Shadows and Shadow Types. Using Viewport Specific Sunlight.

Lesson 2: User Lights Overview

Working with Distant Lights. Faking Indirect Lighting with Point Lights. Custom Sunlight with Distant Lights.

Lesson 3: Attenuation and Light Intensity

House Project – Working with Point Lights. House Project – Working with Spot Lights. House Project – Completing the Night Lighting.

Lesson 4: Custom Color Materials

Custom Fit to Object Materials. Custom Fixed Scale Materials. Tinting and Scaling Custom Texture Maps.

Lesson 5: Introduction to Bump Mapping – Brick and Concrete

Bump Mapping – Pebbled Glass. More Bump Mapping – Tiles and Textures. Introduction to Opacity Mapping. Starting the Retail Kiosk Interior Project.

Lesson 6: Introduction to Landscape Objects – Interior Project

Landscaping the House Project Plants. Landscaping the House Project - People. Landscaping the House Project – Trees. Landscaping with View Specific Layer Groups.

Lesson 7: Direct and Indirect Illumination Theory

Setting up Global Illumination and Final Gather. Global Illumination – Interior Project. Global Illumination – Exterior Project.

Lesson 8: Working with Premade Realistic Metals

Working with Chrome Finishes. Reflections and Ray Tracing – Polished Copper. Glossy Reflections and Reflection Mapping. Creating a Custom Advanced Metal – Gold.

Lesson 9: Introduction to Advanced Glass Materials

Working with Realistic Glass Materials. Working with Advanced Liquid Materials. Mapping Stone with Advanced Materials. Advanced Mapping for Water Features. Working with Self-Illumination Materials.

Lesson 10: Walk and Fly Navigation Settings

Creating Preview Animations. Creating Motion Path Animations.

Lesson 11: Customizing Basic Interface Options

Task–Based Work Spaces. Saving and Restoring Interface Settings with Profiles. Customizing Startup.

Lesson 12: Overview of Customization with the CUI Editor

Customizing the User Interface and Existing Tools. Custom Commands and Macros. Custom Toolbars.

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.