Illustrating a 3D Model

Start the illustration project in Autodesk VIZ 2005. As mentioned in Chapter 7, a free trial version of Autodesk VIZ 2005 is available at www.autodesk.com. The techniques and automation presented in this chapter are specific to VIZ, and I recommend you use the program or its trial version to walk through these exercises even if you are accustomed to using other 3D software. After you understand this illustration process, you can adapt the procedures to your favorite 3D software package (such as 3ds max, formZ, Lightwave, Maya, and others).

TIP The model used in this chapter is provided in additional file formats (.3ds, .dxf, and .wrl) on the companion CD for greater compatibility with other 3D programs.

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