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
2. Download the
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.
4. Invoke the RMAT command (choose View > Render >
Materials). The Materials dialog box appears [Figure 3].
5. On the right side of the dialog box click the New button.
The New Standard Material dialog box appears [Figure 4].
6. In the Material Name box on top of the dialog box type in
your material name (e.g. PICTURE) [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].
8. Locate the samplepic.bmp. Click Open. The name and
location of the image file appears on the File Name box [Figure
9. Click the Adjust Bitmap button. The Adjust Material Bitmap
Placement dialog box appears [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.
11. In the New Standard Material dialog box, click OK. The
new material appears in the list [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
13. Click OK to save changes and exit the Material dialog
14. Invoke the RENDER command (choose View > Render >
Render). The picture appears on the wall [Figure 11].
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