Similarly, I find AutoCAD frustrating and do all my 3D work in SketchUp, I suggest that you get a less than current version of CorelDRAW! via that well known 'Auction' site. Any version from 11 up would do - mine is X5 and it does all I need. I'm sure you'll find it much more to your liking than any of the 'CAD' programs.Hi, I keep trying my hand at cad drawing using autocad but find it very frustrating, probably because I don't use it that often. I also became semi proficient in using sketchup, which I really like, but again don't use it often. So I normally end up sketching/ drawing plans out because I find it quicker and easier. Plus I'm old fashioned and love using graph paper to make scaling things a lot easier. Cheers.
I'm definitely improving Droogs, I have to agree with that, but I'm a long way from really competent though. There are masses of commands and techniques I've hardly explored at all, but I keep giving things a go, primarily simply because I'm interested. I do enjoy playing around with computer programmes, and I've long held the belief that digital design capabilities allied to CNC equipment offers fantastic opportunities for incredible creativity with aesthetically pleasing results. The truth is though that I'm probably too old to be able to properly explore that side of woodworking ... and I'm also probably too wedded to the mix of traditional machine and hand woodworking that I began back in the 1960s as a kid to fully and properly embrace all the contemporary methods of woodworking.Looks like yo have learned a heall of a lot more than me Richard, well done. Image is really good
Hi Brian, the glass was included in the drawing as a material. In the Fusion 360 library of materials it is illustrated as having something of a blue cast, so I thought it would be more evident when rendered. It isn't because it simply appears as if it's not there. I've rendered again, but this time I adjusted the glass properties to give it a hint of grey/blue to try and make it seem a bit more obvious that there's glass within the four door frames, but perhaps I could have gone further with adjusting the colour, see below. I could have also chosen a different scene setting, e.g., a 'beach' which would then have caused reflections in the glass (which, in the earlier rendering that you can't see very well, if at all). I also tinkered with the oak colour and texture properties, making it more brown. As droogs says, the earlier rendering had more of the appearance of ash than oak.Well done. Your comments on the difficulties of getting a realistic wood rendering reflect my experience in TurboCad. Talking of reflections, have you tried putting the 'glass' into the model? Another question, can you influence the lighting in Fusion. In TC it's easy to do but needs a lot of trial and error - at least at my level it does! Brian