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    By Clint Brown

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    Autodesk Sketchbook is now available for free (see the FAQ here).  In this blog post, I am going to show a useful workflow for creating marketing images of your products.

    To create an image showing some FEA results on top of a rendered image, you are going to need to combine 2 images. Below is an example of the images used (I've attached them to this blog post so that you can have a go on your PC). For this to work, the images used, need to be in the same orientation, so that everything lines up.

    To achieve this, we are going to use 3 functions; “Layers”, the “Hard Eraser” and the “Soft Eraser”. Check out this article for more on these tools.

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    The first step is to import the images. To do this, simple click on “File” and then “Add Image…”

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    Each time an image is added, it is automatically placed onto a unique layer. To activate the Layers panel, click on the “Layers” icon on the ribbon.

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    The layer control will be displayed on the right hand side of your window.

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    Layers can be activated, turned on or off as well as re-ordered from this panel.

    To show the Eraser tools mentioned above, click on the "Brush Pallette" icon.

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    The "Brush Pallette" is shown on the left, as seen above.

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    The "Hard Eraser" removes 100% of the current layer from within the preview circle, as shown below)

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    The "Soft Eraser" removes less of the current layer and introduces a transparency, which starts to reveal the image below.

    The animated GIF below shows the Eraser tools in action.

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