In the Visual Enscape Settings window, located under the Main Tab, a section named Style provides options to allow you to change the way that Enscape renders your projects.
You will notice that the Style section contains, by default, a slider named Outlines and a drop-down menu that is named Mode.
These ‘Modes’ allow a user to remove most of the color from their projects and produce a Maquette or Sciographic rendered image style.
To access these options, make sure Enscape is running and then open the Visual Settings window using the associated button in the Enscape Viewport user interface, as shown highlighted to the right in the following screenshot.
Visual Settings window button
These options can be found at the top of the Visual Settings window.
These options can be combined to create some interesting effects in your projects, as the modes change the way that your project is rendered in the Enscape window, and the outlines can help emphasize the geometric forms in a project.
There are three Modes that can be chosen and be combined with the Outlines option.
When White Mode is enabled all materials, apart from transparent ones, are then displayed in white color.
White mode with Outline set to 0%
White Mode with Outline to set 25%
White mode with Outline set to 75%
Renders all surfaces like a real polystyrol material, whereby the sunlight is scattered through the thinned geometry.
When this mode is selected, an additional setting appears named Transmission that determines how much light is transmitted through geometry.
Polystyrol Mode and Transmission Slider
Polystyrol mode with Transmission set to 0%
Polystyrol Mode with Transmission to set 50%
Polystyrol Mode with Transmission to set 100%
You can see the effect of 0% Transmission in the following screenshots with 25% and 75% outlines applied.
Polystyrol Mode with Transmission set at 0% and Outlines set to 25%
Polystyrol Mode with Transmission set at 0% and Outlines set to 75%
It’s also worth noting that bump maps will continue to be displayed when using White/Polystyrol Mode.
Bump Map with no Mode enabled.
Bump Map with White Mode enabled.
Bump Map with Polystyrol Mode enabled.
This mode informs you as to how much light is hitting a surface and this is displayed as a heat map. It is worth noting that the Enscape Light View is not a professional or fully accurate light analysis tool, and is provided as an estimation only.
Light View with Automatic Scale enabled
There is also the Automatic Scale option which can be disabled.
When disabled the minimum and maximum Lux scale can be set manually.
Light View Mode with Automatic Scale disabled showing the manual adjustment sliders.
In the Enscape Viewport, when Light View Mode is activated, there will always be a temp range indicator located to refer to which is located at the top of the Enscape viewport window:
Light View Temperature Gauge
This gauge will only be viewable in the Enscape window, and is not included in rendered images.
Autoscale during daylight
Autoscale during night time
You can also combine Light View mode with Outlines:
Light View with Outlines set to 25%
Light View with Outlines set to 75%