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
Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be
applicable to other releases.
1. Download and
r16_save_render.dwg. The file consists of a wooden door on a
green floor [Figure 1].
If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download
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].
4. Click OK.
The Image File dialog box appears [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].
8. Navigate to
the saved image. Click Open. The Image Specifications dialog box
appears [Figure 6].
9. Click OK.
The image appears on screen [Figure 7].
Figure 7 - Click on image to
10. Invoke the
REGEN command (Select View > Regen). The image disappears.
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