AutoCAD Tutorial

AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Hanging Your Picture on a Wall

May 10, 2004

Ok! It seems you want to hang your picture on a wall. No problem! Here is a simple solution. You need to define a new material that uses your picture as a texture. The following tutorial shows you how.

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2005 and 2004 though might be applicable to other releases.

1. Download and open the r16_hang_a_picture.dwg file. The drawing contains two 3D solids. One representing a wall and the other one is box that will be used for the picture [Figure 1].

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_hang_a_picture.

Figure 1

2. Download the samplepic.bmp file and save it in a known location for later use.

3. Render the drawing (choose View > Render > Render). The result will look like the one shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2

4. Invoke the RMAT command (choose View > Render > Materials). The Materials dialog box appears [Figure 3].

Figure 3

5. On the right side of the dialog box click the New button. The New Standard Material dialog box appears [Figure 4].

Figure 4

6. In the Material Name box on top of the dialog box type in your material name (e.g. PICTURE) [Figure 5].

Figure 5

7. To attach an image to the material make sure that in the Attribute section the Color/Pattern option is selected. On the lower right corner of the dialog box click the Find File button. The Bitmap File dialog box appears [Figure 6].

Figure 6

8. Locate the samplepic.bmp. Click Open. The name and location of the image file appears on the File Name box [Figure 7].

Figure 7

9. Click the Adjust Bitmap button. The Adjust Material Bitmap Placement dialog box appears [Figure 8].

Figure 8

10. On the right side of the dialog box, in the Map Style section select the Fit to Object option [Figure 9]. Click OK.

Figure 9

11. In the New Standard Material dialog box, click OK. The new material appears in the list [Figure 10].

Figure 10

12. On the right side of the dialog box click the Attach button. The dialog box temporarily disappears. Click the small box hung on the wall and then press Enter to get back to the dialog box.

13. Click OK to save changes and exit the Material dialog box.

14. Invoke the RENDER command (choose View > Render > Render). The picture appears on the wall [Figure 11].

Figure 11

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Alireza Parsai is the founder of He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the CAD consultant for HiTech, Canada 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 by phone at +1 (416) 513 1535, by email at or visit his website   

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