Lighting: The World of CAD

A look at using various software tools to design lighting options for clients

I'm often asked how I come up with the artwork I present to clients — the illustrations that show what the project will look like once it's built and lit. The answer is: I draw up my designs on computers using various CAD (computer-aided drawing) programs. There are a multitude of different programs that do this, and I utilize five different ones myself — often, using all five in the same week. They are: AutoCAD, VectorWorks, Cinema 4D, Martin ShowDesigner, and WYSIWYG.

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