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AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Save Rendered Images

February 11, 2004

When you render a scene you are creating an image. The default destination for the image is the current viewport. If you regenerate the drawing, close the file or exit AutoCAD the image is lost. However you can save the image as a file with the SAVEIMG command. You may later view such images with the help of an image viewer such as ACDSee or display them in the current viewport with the help of the REPLAY command. The following tutorial teaches you how to use the SAVEIMG and REPLAY commands.

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable to other releases.

1. Download and then open r16_save_render.dwg. The file consists of a wooden door on a green floor [Figure 1].

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_save_render.dwg.


Figure 1

2. Invoke the RENDER command (select View > Render > Render). A rendered image appears on the screen [Figure 2].


Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

3. Invoke the SAVEIMG command (select Tools > Display Image > Save). The Save Image dialog box appears [Figure 3].


Figure 3

4. Click OK. The Image File dialog box appears [Figure 4].


Figure 4

5. Navigate to a proper location on your hard disk such as the My Documents folder. Specify a name in the File name box. Click Save.

6. In AutoCAD, start a new drawing.

7. Invoke the REPLAY command (select Tools > Display Image > View). The Replay dialog box appears [Figure 5].


Figure 5

8. Navigate to the saved image. Click Open. The Image Specifications dialog box appears [Figure 6].


Figure 6

9. Click OK. The image appears on screen [Figure 7].


Figure 7 - Click on image to enlarge

10. Invoke the REGEN command (Select View > Regen). The image disappears.

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, and an instructor for AUGI Training Program. He has written 8 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 100 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach Alireza at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com .  

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