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How to Assign a Background to a Named View in AutoCAD 2014

Although your AutoCAD model might look a little more realistic with some user-defined lighting and custom materials assigned to it, its setting might look a little, well, empty. You can assign backgrounds to fill that empty space beyond the 3D model in your scene.

A background is a property of named views, and you can set them up in the View Manager dialog box. You can define a background as a solid color, a gradient (two or three colors), a raster image, or a sky with a sun (available only when using photometric lighting).

Follow these steps to create a new named view and assign a background to it:

  1. On the Views panel of the View tab, click Named Views.

    The View Manager dialog box appears.

  2. Click New to display the New View/Shot Properties dialog box.

  3. In the Background area, click the Default drop-down, choose an option to override the default background, and then click OK.

    Choose Solid or Gradient if you want a studio-type scene, or choose Image if you have a suitable raster image to highlight your model. Any of these options displays the Background dialog box where you make your settings. Choose Sun & Sky if you want to place your model in the great outdoors. Choosing the last option displays the Adjust Sun & Sky Background dialog box.

  4. After the background is defined, select the view from the Views tree and click Set Current.

    When the View Manager closes, the new background displays.

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If you don’t want to create a named view first, enter the BACKGROUND command to display the Background dialog box.

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