Introduction: Professional Looking LEGO® Instructions
Difficulty:easy..Basic computer skills
Step 1: Resources Needed:
In order to do stuff you need to have stuff. You should check these out! The ones marked with a (!!) are required for this project.
http://rebrickable.com/home - Rebrickable, a website used by thousands of LEGO fans to share their creations
http://bricksafe.com/home - A site used to upload LEGO related pictures and files
!! http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/download/ - A CAD program for LEGO builders
!! http://www.lugato.net/blueprint/Blueprint0019.zip - A program to generate official looking instruction booklets (Clicking this link will take you directly to download)
Step 2: Build Model in LDD
This program allows you to build with virtual LEGO bricks and view your creation. The UI (user interface) is pretty simple: click on a brick and drag it to where you want to place it.
See the below link for a further tutorial
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-use-LDDLego... - LDD tutorial
When you are done building, save your project to a convenient location on your computer and exit the program (this is important)
I have created an example model for this Instructable and you can download the LDD file of it below.
Step 3: Import Model to Blueprint
Open Blueprint (the program you downloaded) and you should see the little black box with text in it (ignore it). After a few seconds the program will launch and you will have to import your LDD file. Click on Import LXF and select the LDD file you saved earlier.
http://www.lugato.net/blueprint/tutorial.html - A further tutorial on Blueprint
Step 4: Manipulate Steps
See the tutorial below to learn how to manipulate your creation.
When you are done click Page Layout>(RE)Generate from steps.
http://www.lugato.net/blueprint/tutorial.html -Tutorial on how to use Blueprint
Step 5: Generate and Export
Click on Export and select your desired file type. I have included a PDF of the instructions for my example project.