AutoCAD 4 - Rendering and Customization

Hours: 64 / Access Length: 3 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $835.00

Course Overview:

In this 64 hour, online CAD training course, students will learn to create photorealistic rendered images of a variety of objects and environments including interior and exterior architectural perspectives and walkthroughs. New concepts include: render settings, working with cameras, setting up views and backgrounds, working with premade and custom materials, interior and exterior lighting techniques, landscaping and entourage, and setting up motion path animations.  Students will also learn techniques for customizing the user interface, creating custom tools, and defining custom commands and macros.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Rendering and the Rendering Workspace. Render Presets, Procedures and Destinations. Preparing a Model for Rendering. Assigning Premade Materials. Starting the Exterior House Project. Assigning Materials in Assemblies.
  • Introduction to Named Views. Creating Cameras. Modifying Camera Views. Setting Custom View Backgrounds. Creating Views in the House Project.
  • Working with Materials. Modifying Finishes with the Material Editor. Modifying Texture Maps with the Material Editor. Material Hierarchy and Sub Object Materials. House Project - Texture Mapping the Driveway.  House Project - Texture Mapping the Walls.
  • Cropped and Fit to Object Materials.  Mapping Coordinates and Box Mappers.  Other Mapping types. House Project -Texture Mapping the Roof. Saving Rendered Images.
  • Lights I – Overview of Lighting. Working with Sunlight Systems. Shadows and Shadow Types. Using Viewport Specific Sunlight.
  • User Lights Overview. Working with Distant Lights. Faking Indirect Lighting with Point Lights. Custom Sunlight with Distant Lights.
  • Attenuation and Light Intensity. House Project – Working with Point Lights. House Project – Working with Spot Lights. House Project – Completing the Night Lighting.
  • Custom Color Materials. Custom Fit to Object Materials. Custom Fixed Scale Materials. Tinting and Scaling Custom Texture Maps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Direct and Indirect Illumination Theory. Setting up Global Illumination and Final Gather. Global Illumination – Interior Project.  Global Illumination – Exterior Project.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Walk and Fly Navigation Settings. Creating Preview Animations. Creating Motion Path Animations.
  • Customizing Basic Interface Options. Task–Based Work Spaces. Saving and Restoring Interface Settings with Profiles. Customizing Startup.
  • 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:

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.

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