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Rendering with Presets in AutoCAD 2008

The rendering presets in AutoCAD 2008 simplifies the process by helping you find the perfect combination of settings to make your 3D model look great. AutoCAD comes with five standard render presets that range from creating quick and low-quality renderings to high-quality renderings that are used for presentations.

Whenever you create a rendering — no matter whether the renderings destination is the Render window or the current viewport — you specify a render preset. The render preset tells AutoCAD which setting to use during rendering.

To change the current render preset, you can select one of the render presets from the Render Presets drop-down list on the Render control panel or from the Render Presets drop-down list on the Advanced Render Settings palette. Although the render presets that come with AutoCAD are great for most renderings, you can also create your own render presets by using the Render Presets Manager dialog box. To display the Render Presets Manager dialog box, use the RENDERPRESETS command or select Manage Render Presets from the Render Presets drop-down list on the Render control panel.

The Render Presets tree view on the left side of the Render Presets Manager dialog box allows you to select which render preset you want to view. You can work with the current rendering settings, view one of the standard render presets, or create a custom render preset. AutoCAD doesn't allow you to modify any of the standard render presets, but you can create your own custom render preset based on one of the standard render presets.

For more information on the rendering settings in the Render Presets Manager dialog box, see the topic RENDERPRESETS in the AutoCAD help system. To locate the topic, display the Online Help system and click the Contents tab. On the Contents tab, choose Command Reference --> Commands --> R Commands.

You can't export or import render presets, but if you want to add a specific render preset to a drawing, add it to a Drawing Template (DWT) file.

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