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Lighting Adjustability in IDW Shaded Views

Status: Under Review
by Distinguished Contributor gcross on ‎02-27-2013 09:24 AM

It would be great to be able to adjust lighting highlights on shaded views in an IDW file. This would be independent of model appearances & would not be saved to the model. But it would allow us to move the lights dynamically around an ISO view to get it looking it's best.


So often the model shading does not emphasize the geometry expecially with dark colors. The ability to move the lights around for the shaded idw views would solve this without compromising how the model is used downstream in renderings, etc.


Another option would be to make the shaded models dynamically adjustable right in the IDW view instead of going through the tedious "Adjust View Angle".


See attached example.

Notice that the image on right is exactly how it appears in the model. It's much better defined with lighting highlights. The drawing on the left is how the same exact same model apears in the drawing, not well defined.





Status: Under Review
by Employee dan.szymanski on ‎03-19-2013 12:44 PM
Status changed to: Under Review
by rptandy on ‎04-19-2013 02:10 PM

It would also be nice to have a simple lighten/darken feature, where you could simply click a +/- button to make the shaded view easier to see.

by Distinguished Contributor miechh on ‎01-13-2014 04:37 AM

This wish is also wanted by our CAD department. We have to make assembly instructions on our drawings. These are defined by making shaded views. But these views are too dark for our production personel to 'read'. A big Kudo here...

by johbro ‎04-25-2014 02:38 AM - edited ‎04-25-2014 02:42 AM

In the "good old days" the lighting was saved in the view representations and changing the lighting in the view representation used by a drawing view would update the lighting of that drawing view.
In Inventor 2010 when the realistic shading was introduced this changed. Now the drawing views get the "Default" lighting style as it is saved in the Style Library when the drawing is created. (Note that the default lighting style of the model templates installed with inventor is not "Default" but "Two Lights".)

So to change the lighting of a drawing view, change the "Default" lighting style of a model file and save it to your Style Library and create a new drawing. Copy the drawing view from the old drawing and paste it into the new one and you have adjusted the lighting of your view.

This behavior means that all shaded views of a drawing will get the same lighting style.

Since we have Inventor Studio, 3ds max design, Showcase and so on to produce realistic renderings I think that the ability to more easily adjust the lighting of shaded drawing views like pre Inventor 2010 is much more useful than the realistic shading of the model.


Johan Broström

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