Using Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.8 to view, turn and zoom into the 3-d model

Once you have Adobe Reader 7.0.8 installed on your computer, you will easily be able to view, turn and zoom into the 3-d model.  I am sure you will find this invaluable to your sculpting as unlike working with 2-d photographs, you can select the view you want to see and print.

For the purpose of this tutorial I am presuming you have already downloaded and opened one of the sample 3-d documents onto your computer.  Please double-click on this to open the model in Adobe Reader.

The first time you do this, you will be presented with a license agreement. Please read it if you wish and accept it's terms.  If you decline, you will not be able to view the model.

The model will open in the viewer window as shown below. Initially, you cannot manipulate the model unless 3-d mode is activated.  To activate 3-d mode, please click on the model.  You mouse pointer will turn into an hourglass and you will be required to wait for a few seconds.

A bar like the one shown below will appear in your document once 3-d mode is activated. You should now have access to your model in full 3-d.  There are several ways of interacting with it.

Left click, hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse to turn her.  You should be able to turn her completely any way you wish.

Right click, hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse to zoom in and out.  This is good if you need to see the detail on any area.

Holding down both the left and right mouse button and moving the mouse moves your model.

If you don't want to use all the mouse buttons (although using these is easier), you can also use the 3-d toolbar which opens once 3-d mode is active.

The icon indicated below will rotate the model.  Just click on the button and left click and drag to rotate your model.

You can pan or move your model all over the screen by clicking the pan button as shown below.  Like before, once the button is active, just left click and drag the model to move her.

If you wish to zoom, click the zoom button and left click and drag your mouse.

A nifty function is the "Enable Extra Lighting" button as shown below.  I am not sure you will find a use for it, but you can use it to cast different light types on your model.  I prefer the CAD Optimized light settings which I have selected in the default view, but feel free to test the others as well. Some might be good for funky atmospheric effects, or to better being out the shadows in your model.

If you want to change the background color, just click on the drop down menu next to the indicated icon and pick another selection.  I have deliberately chosen white to be the default, so you don't waste ink whilst printing your views.

Sometimes you might inadvertently select a part and it will turn red as shown below.  If this happens, just click on any white area of the document and you will deselect the part.

Don't be afraid to play around with your model.  Look at it from different views and try different settings. You can do it no harm believe me.  If you close and open the document, the model will default to it's original view and you can begin the process all over again.