Lecture    AC1603
Bringing Your Ideas to Life: Creating Photorealistic Renderings Using AutoCAD® 2013
Jeff Bartels
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This class covers the essentials of producing photorealistic renderings of your designs using AutoCAD® software. The class will cover a typical workflow that you can use to create a quality rendering. We will start by creating a saved 3D perspective view of our design. Next, we will discuss the creation and application of general-purpose light sources. You will learn how to add life to your design by applying several of the stock materials pre-installed with AutoCAD. Afterward, we will look at how to edit materials to suit our needs as well as how to create custom materials from scratch. We will also explore how we can create decal-like photographic materials and map them predictably to our objects. Finally, we will learn how to render our images to the screen or to a file while looking at several tips and tricks along the way.

Key Learnings

  • Apply stock materials and create custom materials
  • Save renderings as high-resolution images
  • Take full advantage of existing AutoCAD skills to begin producing photorealistic images
  • Illuminate a model using multiple examples of real-world light sources


 Jeff Bartels
Jeff Bartels
Jeff Bartels is an application engineer providing AutoCAD® & Civil 3D® training and technical support for Seiler Instrument. For 15 years, Jeff used Autodesk® software in a production environment. As a CAD manager, Jeff was responsible for the production and oversight of large-scale civil engineering plan sets, setting office CAD standards, and providing training and technical support for his staff. He is a published author, having produced 12 AutoCAD training titles for Lynda.com. Since 1998, Jeff has regularly served as an instructor—writing curriculum and teaching Advanced AutoCAD courses at local area colleges. He is known for always giving 110 percent in the classroom, as well as for his ability to make complex concepts easy to understand.

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