A couple of posts ago, I talked about some values that make the background look great. Now it's time for the lines within the model. With the new meshes, the need to really understand each face is even more important than before, since we need to understand the selection we're doing. If we are working with a mesh box of 3x3x3 and have Facet Edges selected inside Edge Effects, we won't see the 9 faces within the side of the box. We need to have Isolines selected for that.
There are some other settings that may be useful to understand, so let's describe them step by step.
Let's assume we are working with a mesh box of 2x2x2, and within the Visual Styles, we select 3D Hidden. The Visual Styles are in the Render tab in the Ribbon, or can be accessed by typing VS. You will probably see something like this.
It would be rather difficult to understand that we already have four faces defined within each face of the box, so let's see what we can do about it. Every setting is controlled from the Edge Effects panel.
Let's start with Obscured Edges, which is the first setting in the drop down portion of the panel. Once clicking on the icon to activate the option (you will notice that the icon changes its background), this setting enables you to see the hidden lines with a hidden line linetype. You can also customize the color. The settings in all the videos you have seen until now use the colors I'll be presenting in this post (again, thanks to some time Hans-Frederick Brown took to make the whole experience better).
The second setting will give you the ability to see an Edge where there's intersection with another element (solid or mesh). If this edge is not coincident with an isoline, it will generate an edge with the color specified in the settings. In our case, we're using color 141, which keeps us in the blue/grayish palette.
The result of this last setting will enable us to see something like the following:
The last setting, called Edge Color, controls the color of every visible edge in the model. If you need more contrast, you may want to change the color into something more distinctive.
In the next image, let's see the results of this setting if we change it into white.
The last setting that we'll cover today is Silhouette Edges. These will emphasize the outer edges of any model. This can be a very useful feature, since it can help to better visualize the outlines of our models.
We'll continue covering more Visual Styles features, so stay tuned!