AutoCAD Tutorial

AutoCAD 2005: Viewport Background

April 8, 2004

In AutoCAD 2005 you can add a background image to shaded viewports. The procedure is very easy to implement. Here is an example.

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2005.

1. Download the following files:


2. Open the drawing file. It shows the model of a chair [Figure 1].

Figure 1

3. Invoke the BACKGROUND command (choose View > Render > Background). The Background dialog box appears [Figure 2].

Figure 2 - click on image to enlarge

4. On the top row select the Image option.

5. In Image section click the Find File button. The Background Image dialog appears [Figure 3].

Figure 3

6. Navigate to the 2005_doors.bmp file. Click Open.

7. In Background dialog box click OK.

8. Invoke the OPTIONS command (choose Tools > Options).

9. In Options dialog box select the System tab [Figure 4].

Figure 4 - click on image to enlarge

10. In "Current 3D Graphics Display" section click the Properties button. The "3D Graphics System Configuration" dialog box appears [Figure 5].

Figure 5 - click on image to enlarge

11. On the right side of the dialog box, click the Render Options and Enable backgrounds options respectively [Figure 6].

Figure 6 - click on image to enlarge

12. Click Apply & Close. In the Options dialog box click OK. The background image appears on screen [Figure 7].

Figure 7 - click on image to enlarge

13. Enable the Hidden shading mode (choose View > Shade > Hidden). The background disappears [Figure 9]. The background is visible only if one of the following shading modes is selected:

  • Flat Shaded
  • Gouraud Shaded
  • Flat Shaded, Edges On
  • Gouraud Shaded, Edges On

Figure 8

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