In this section of the manual we will discuss advanced techniques and try to explain complex things you can do with buildinginstructions.
For some of these topics you need a bit more than basic computer skills.
When working with large models it is likely that at one point your assembly images will get too big to fit on the page if you keep working at the same scale. You can scale down the assemblies while your model is getting bigger, but then you could lose some detail to see where to put new parts.
One option is not to scale and let LPub cut off the image at the page edge but there is a good chance that part of your model where you are building is cut off too.
Using some baseplates and bricks for scale you can find out what the maximum width, length and height of a model can be to fit on a page if you keep all default LPub settings. Example:
The image on the right is generated with LPub using LDView as renderer on a landscape page with default settings. As you can see you can nicely fit a model of 32 x 32 studs and a height of 15 bricks. The page is 11 x 8.5 inch and resolution is set to 150 dpi. Please note that size and scale of generated images can vary on other computers with other screen resolutions. This particular image was create on a Windows PC with widescreen monitor at 1440x900 pixels.
However if you keep building higher you won’t be able to see beyond 15 bricks high.
You can position the assembly image lower on the pages (you can do this in LPub by dragging it). But it will never render more and just cut the fourth black 1 x 1 x 5 brick like shown here. The lower half of the images will be cut of the at the bottom of the page in the PDF.
The solution for this is rather complex and very work intensive. You need a bit more than basic computer skills for it, but we will try to explain.
The basic idea is to increase the actual page size and generate the instructions so LPub will be able make bigger images so it can fit more elements. You make a copy of these image files. Next you reset the page to the size that you want. Then rename and copy the assembly image files in to the right folder and fool LPub into thinking that the images you need are already generated so LPub won’t generate them again. You can then position the bigger images as you see fit.
Follow these steps:
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