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Washout an aerial Image

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07-01-2013 11:01 AM

All,

 

Is it possible to washout an image with civil 3d 2013? We have a black and white printer and i need to fade an aerial out so that the text will be visable.

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Use layer transparency.

If you only need to provide more contrast with text and linework without making it transparent you can use Image Adjust to lighten the image. Select the image frame, right click and you should see Adjust in the pop up (or use the ribbon). Slide the adjuster toward Lighten to lighten the image.

 

Be aware that when you lighten the image it will actually look darker in Autocad but when printed it will be lighter. You'll need to run a print or 2 to check your settings.

Another option is to create a "No-Plot" color with 0% shading and assign that color to the text. So then the text prints "white". I find that to be more visible than black text when working with an aerial.

 

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

07-01-2013 11:58 AM in reply to: dmartin

Use layer transparency.

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

07-01-2013 12:09 PM in reply to: TRogers

I will be trieng this sometime soon today and let you know how it turns out. thanks for the response.

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

07-01-2013 12:25 PM in reply to: dmartin

If you only need to provide more contrast with text and linework without making it transparent you can use Image Adjust to lighten the image. Select the image frame, right click and you should see Adjust in the pop up (or use the ribbon). Slide the adjuster toward Lighten to lighten the image.

 

Be aware that when you lighten the image it will actually look darker in Autocad but when printed it will be lighter. You'll need to run a print or 2 to check your settings.

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

07-01-2013 01:49 PM in reply to: dmartin

Or, without touching the image, you can simply bring to front all your texts (command _DRAWORDER), then you enhance 'em thru the powerful _TEXTMASK command.

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

09-09-2013 12:03 PM in reply to: dmartin

Another option is to create a "No-Plot" color with 0% shading and assign that color to the text. So then the text prints "white". I find that to be more visible than black text when working with an aerial.

 

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

09-09-2013 12:09 PM in reply to: AllenJessup

All,

 

Thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up using Neils solution for my drawing, but the logic in most of these appears to be a suitable solution. I apologise for leaving this post open so long, I kind of forgot about it.

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Re: Washout an aerial Image

09-09-2013 01:55 PM in reply to: dmartin

I know you said that you've already got what you need.  But I thought I'd offer one more alternative for future reference.

 

I frequently use aerial maps and while I want be able to see and read the text, I also need to the see the map.  There've been several occasions that the portion of the map that would've been lost was very important.

 

So what I did was create a rectangle with a solid hatch pattern.  The hatch pattern was set to a 30% screening value and 60% transparent.  Then I placed my BLACK text on top of the hatch pattern.  This way, I could read the text just fine, but I could also see the underlying map.

 

Just another option.

 

I can't find one of the drawings where I actually did this but here's a sample using the same technique.  Of course, you can play with diff combinations of transparency/screening values for the hatch as well as changing the color/font of the text to make it all show up the way you want.

 

TextOverAerial.png

 

 

Don Ireland



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