I’ve been playing with the pro version of CC since the free version became available (thank you!) - and have been experimenting with modeling. I’ve watched all of the videos that are available on YouTube and have read through many posts here in the forum. I’m not bad at it - but to be completely honest, I don’t feel mastery of the dialogs for modeling. I discover what I want through hit and miss attempts with the parameters, etc.
I know what I want to see and then try all different combinations of parameter settings until I get what I want.
The process is made more difficult by the fact that many of the parameters are unavailable for editing, once you press ‘done’, so you lose the chance to try different combinations of component parameter sets to achieve a desired result…once you move on to another component. That is, you can no longer modify all of the parameters of the first component, once you start working on a second (I’d like to see that changed, but that’s the subject of another post that’s more appropriate after I gain some mastery).
Does an instruction guide exist that takes you through each of the parameters and states exactly what they mean? In particular, the parameters for Height Limit and how they interact with the Merge Type. For example, if I use SUBTRACT merge type with a height limit of “Scale Height” for a Height of .5" - is that lowering the component by .5" or is it lowering it to a height of .5" (i.e., if I were cutting it from a block that was .75", is there .25" left or .5" left after I subtract the shape?). What about if I use “Limit Height”? That’s just one example, how do the height limit parameters work with the other merge types: MIn, Max, Multiply Equal…
I think I understand until I do something and it doesn’t work…then I realize that I don’t really understand. Does a document exist that just describes all of the parameters and how they interact? I’d like to get to a point where I can previsualize what I’m going to see when I’m dialing in the parameters.