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Ever wish your drawing could magically make precise shadows for you to sketch over? Meet "Shadow Maker". This tool allows architects, designers, landscape architects, interior designers, or members of any creative culture, to add and adjust a globally designated true solar position, in real-time, to create accurate and informative shadows across any drawing.

Architecture 3D model and drawings by Amin Zakaria.


How to Set Up Shadow Maker

Step 1. Import Your Model & Set Your View

To get started, tap "3D Model" to import your 3D model into Trace.

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Next, set up your view.

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Step 2. Set North

Dial-in the North position of your model. Simply rotate your model in the preview window until North is up.

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Step 3. Set Your Sun

You can set your Sun using Location or Manual mode.


Location Mode

Select Location Mode to input exact coordinates. With Location Mode, just input a location, date, and time to get precision shadows with "Shadow Maker".

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Manual Mode

In this mode, you can adjust the sun position freely by using the dials to set the sun azimuth and elevation.

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Step 5. Sketch with Precision Shadows

Now you’re ready to draw! Tap "Done" on the top right to enter the Drawing Mode. Enjoy sketching your designs with hyper solar precision.

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How To Videos

Enjoy this how to video highlighting how to sketch on 3D models.


Additional Resources

Watch how to sketch on 3D models with Shadow Maker with Jim Akers

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Meet "Shadow Maker"

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How To...Sketch with "Live" 3D Models

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What's New in Trace 5.21

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