Creates and modifies visual style definitions in the Drawing Explorer.
Accessing the Command
command bar: visualstyles
menu bar: Tools | Drawing Explorer | Visual Styles
ribbon: Home | Settings | Drawing Explorer | Visual Styles
Displays the Visual Styles section of the Drawing Explorer dialog box:
Some options do not appear when certain settings are turned off.
Creates a new visual style.
Deletes the selected visual style, except for predefined visual styles such as 2dWireframe, 3D Hidden, 3dWireframe, Conceptual, Realistic, and so on.
Applies the selected visual style to the current viewport.
Edit visual style
Displays the settings of the selected visual styles. To edit a setting: click the settings field, then type a new value or select an option in the drop down list.
Edit Visual Styles Options
Specifies the look of faces of 3D models:
Face Style - selects an overall color scheme for the visual style:
Lighting Quality - specifies the quality of curved faces:
Material Display - determines whether materials are displayed; materials are applied with the MaterialAssign command:
When Material Display is not off, then highlights and opacity are ignored, as materials provides their own values for them.
Specifies the level of transparency of faces:
On/off - toggles opacity on and off
Opacity - specifies the level of transparency (Not available when materials are on):
Transparency depth - specifies how far transparency reaches in terms of the number of overlapping entities
Determines whether shadows are displayed.
Shadow display - choose one:
Specifies the style of edge to display:
Show - (choose one:)
Color - specifies the color for all edges
Width - specifies the width of edge lines
Number of lines - specifies the number of isolines drawn on curved surfaces, from 0 to 2047
Always on top - determines if all isolines are displayed, or only those that are "on top" (hidden isolines being hidden)
Determines how fat outlines are around models:
Show - toggles the display of silhouette edges
Width - width of the silhouette edges in the range of 1 to 25 pixels; applies to all entities in the viewport equally
Specifies how to handle occluded (hidden) edges and facets; this setting allows you to display hidden lines in a different color and linetype from visible lines:
Show - toggles the visibility of occluded edges and facets:
Color - specifies the color for visible obscured edges and facets;
Linetype - specifies the line type for visible obscured edges and facets; the program does not use the usual linetype patterns, but a separate set:
All of these settings do not apply to isolines.
Extends edges beyond their boundaries; also known as "overhang":
On/Off - turn line extensions on or off
Line extensions - specify the distance the lines extend beyond boundaries, such as face edges
Determines the use of a custom line drawing style:
On/Off - turns it on and off
Custom pen - specifies the style of line drawing
Toggles the display of a background in the viewport:
Backgrounds - turn on or off
Backgrounds consist of either a solid color, a gradient of two or three colors, or a raster image, and are set by the Background command.
The ANTIALIASSCREEN system variable controls the amount of anti-aliasing (edge smoothing) applied during on-screen rendered mode display. The default value is 1, maximum value is 5. High anti-alias values incur a high calculation cost.
AniPath - records the animation of a camera moving along a path or panning in a 3D model and saves it to a movie file.
Render - generates a photorealistic rendering using materials and lights.
Shademode - sets the shading style for 3D drawings.
-VisualStyles - manages visual style definitions at the command line
VsCurrent - sets the visual style at the command line.
Explorer - Opens the Drawing Explorer dialog box.