Render an Image

How do I render an image?

To be able to Render an Image in Enscape, you will need to make sure that the Enscape window has been started and is open.

Then, from within Enscape, you have four options:

1.  Save the current “Window” image you see in the Enscape window. It’s really 1:1, pretty similar to a standard screenshot.

2.  Save the current image in a higher preset or custom resolution to increase fidelity in print and digital images.

3. Link a View to a Settings Preset.

4. Save a screenshot in Virtual Reality.

You’ll find the option to change the resolution in the Enscape Visual Setting’s, “Capture” tab. You can pick any preset or custom resolution you want (up to 8192 x 8192px), but fair warning: if you enter extremely high resolutions, it might take a few seconds – or even clog your graphics card’s VRAM and cause Enscape and your CAD to crash or stop responding.

The Resolution options

The Resolution options

If you choose the Custom Resolution setting, (in SketchUp only) the Use Viewport Aspect Ratio setting becomes available.  This will disable the resolution height input field, meaning you can only define the width value. Enscape will now apply the aspect ratio of the SketchUp viewport to the resolution of the Enscape window and the height value will be respectively adjusted.

Use Viewport Aspect Ratio option

Use Viewport Aspect Ratio option

After choosing the right settings, hit the Render Image button in the Enscape ribbon to trigger the Render Image dialogue, or use the hotkeys SHIFT + F11 to achieve the same action. You can also set your own hotkey in the settings menu by pressing a modifier key like CTRL, ALT or SHIFT in combination with another key. Furthermore, you have the option for even more customization in the Enscape General Settings window under the Customization option.

Render an Image in Revit

The Enscape Render Image buttons in Revit

The Enscape Render Image buttons in Revit

In Revit, you can render a single image, or you can Batch Render a set of Favorite Views, all CAD Views, or a set of Views that can be defined in the Render Image dialogue. You can save the image either as an independent file – Render Image – or you can render into the Revit project file itself– Render Image (into Document). If you choose the Render Image (into Document) option, the rendered image will then appear in your ‘Renderings’ folder in the Revit Project Browser.

Clicking on Render Image will open up the Render Image Dialogue.

By default the Render Image window will have the Use Current Enscape Viewport highlighted at the top of the Render Image window. Clicking on the Render button at this point will render the current view that is active in the  Enscape window. Furthermore, when choosing this option you will not be permitted to combine this with other Views.

Below the Use Current Enscape Viewport option, all other Projects and their Views will be listed.

Alternatively, you can choose to click the button Select All CAD views, which will select all the views in the list for rendering (Batch Render).

Clicking the Select Favorites button will only select the views that are marked as a Favorite (which can only be done via the Active Documents menu).

Or, lastly, selecting the views you want to render by clicking on their name in the list. Just select the one View if all you want to render is that one View. To select /deselect multiple Views for Batch Rendering simply use [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click to make your choice.

Render Image Dialogue

Render Image Dialogue

Render Button

Render Button

You can choose to select a mixture of Favorite Views and other non-favorite views and this can be done on the fly.

Once you’re satisfied with your selection, press the Render button shown here at the bottom right of the Render Image dialogue.

Depending on if you have Automatic Naming and Default Folder selected in the Visual Settings window, you may or may not then be prompted to name and choose the location to save your render out to.

If you have no Views created, then the only option that will be available in the Render Image dialog will be the Use Current Enscape Viewport option.

Render Image dialogue when no Views have been created

Render Image dialogue when no Views have been created

Render Image in Sketchup

Enscape's Render Image button in Sketchup

Enscape's Render Image button in Sketchup

The Render Image button can be found in the Enscape Capturing toolbar. Therefore, to render an image conveniently in SketchUp you might want to add the corresponding toolbar first via right-click in the toolbar area and then by selecting ‘Enscape Capturing’ option:

Enable the Enscape Capturing toolbar in SketchUp

Enable the Enscape Capturing toolbar in SketchUp

Alternatively, simply select ‘Extensions’ -> ‘Enscape’ -> ‘Render Image’, or navigate via Sketchup’s View dropdown menu option, named Toolbars.

Clicking on the Render Image button will open up the Render Image Dialogue.

By default the Render Image window will have the Use Current Enscape Viewport highlighted at the top of the Render Image window. Clicking on the Render button at this point will render the current view that is active in the  Enscape window. Furthermore, when choosing this option you will not be permitted to combine this with other Views.

Alternatively click the button Select All CAD views, which will select all the Views in the list for rendering (Batch Render).

Clicking the Select Favorites button will only select the Views that are marked as a Favorite (which must be done via the Manage Views  menu).

Or, lastly, select the Views you want to render by clicking on their name in the list. Just select the one View if all you want to render is that one View. To select multiple Views for Batch Rendering simply use [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click to make your choice.

Render Image Dialogue

Render Image Dialogue

Select Views in Render Image Dialogue

Select Views in Render Image Dialogue

You can choose to select a mixture of Favorite Views and Views that you have chosen on the fly using [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse button combination.

Once you’re satisfied with your selection, press the Render button, to be found at the bottom right of the Render Image dialogue.

Depending on if you have Automatic Naming and Default Folder selected in the Visual Settings window, you may or may not then be prompted to name the file as well as choose the location to render to.

If you have no Views created, then the only option that will be available in the Render Image dialog will be the Use Current Enscape Viewport option.

Render Image dialogue when no Views have been created

Render Image dialogue when no Views have been created

Render Image in Rhino

In Rhino, there are two Enscape tabs. The Render Image button can be found in the ‘Enscape Capturing’ tab.

Enscape's Render Image button in Rhino

Enscape's Render Image button in Rhino

Clicking on the Render Image button will open up the Render Image Dialogue.

By default the Render Image window will have the Use Current Enscape Viewport highlighted at the top of the Render Image window. Clicking on the Render button at this point will render the current view that is active in the  Enscape window. Furthermore, when choosing this option you will not be permitted to combine this with other Views.

Alternatively, click the button Select All CAD views, which will select all the Views in the list for rendering (Batch Render).

Clicking the Select Favorites button will only select the views that are marked as a Favorite (which must be done via the Manage Views menu).

Or, lastly, select the Views you want to render by clicking on their name in the list. Just select the one View if all you want to render is that one View. To select multiple views for Batch Rendering simply use [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click to make your choice.

Render Image Dialogue

Render Image Dialogue

Select Views in Render Image Dialogue

Select Views in Render Image Dialogue

You can choose to select a mixture of Favorite Views and Views that you have chosen on the fly using [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click combination.

Once you’re satisfied with your selection, press the Render button shown here at the bottom right of the Render Image dialogue.

Depending on if you have Automatic Naming and Default Folder selected in the Visual Settings window, you may or may not then be prompted to name and choose the file name and location to save your render to.

If you have no Views created, then the only option that will be available in the Render Image dialog will be the Use Current Enscape Viewport option.

Render Image dialogue when no Views have been created

Render Image dialogue when no Views have been created

Render Image in ArchiCAD

As it is not yet possible to set views as Favorite Views in ArchiCAD, then you can only render single images out, and no Batch Rendering currently exists.

So, click on the Render Image button in the Enscape menu in ArchiCAD to render out the view that is selected in ArchiCAD’s View Map.

If you have Automatic Naming and Default Folder enabled in the Visual Settings Capture tab, then you will not be prompted to name and choose the location you want to save the rendered image out to.

Enscape's Render Image button in ArchiCAD

Enscape's Render Image button in ArchiCAD

How do I get the best quality in my rendered images?

If you set the Resolution to ‘UltraHD’, then you can also set the Rendering Quality slider in the ‘Renderings’ settings tab to Ultra quality. Otherwise, you will need to set the Rendering Quality to no more than ‘High’.

All settings (e.g. Fog, Depth of Field, etc.) are the same for both rendered images and real time output.

Rendering Quality Settings

Rendering Quality Settings

Under the Image tab the Auto Contrast setting is disabled by default, allowing you to adjust the strength of the Highlights and Shadows in your render. Enabling Auto Contrast will hide these sliders and apply optimal contrast to the image.

Contrast Settings

Contrast Settings

Show Safe Frame

Enscape has a Safe Frame feature, and this can be found and enabled under the Enscape Setting’s Capture tab.

NOTE: Show Safe Frame is only available when using Use Current Enscape Viewport from the Render Image dialog and will not be applied when rendering a single or a set of Named Views.

Safe Frame enabled

Safe Frame enabled

When Safe Frame is enabled, the Enscape window will first show a preview of the image with the resolution specified in the Visual Setting’s Capture tab so that you can see how the resolution will affect the final render.

A dialog will also open asking you to adjust the target area for the camera, and then to confirm the choice so that rendering of the View can take place.

Confirm and Adjust Safe Frame dialog

Confirm and Adjust Safe Frame dialog

So, you will still be able to navigate your project, as well as edit and preview video in the Enscape window when in the Safe Frame Preview mode.
If you are happy with the resolution and camera target, click on the OK button in the Adjust and Confirm the Safe Frame dialog. If you want to carry on working without rendering, just click the Cancel button and you will return to the normal Enscape window view.

In the following screenshot, the resolution was set to a custom resolution of 400×400.

Preview when Safe Frame is enabled

Preview when Safe Frame is enabled

Export Object-ID, Material-ID and Depth Channel

If you’d like to post-process your image in, for example, Photoshop, or incorporate your rendering into a photograph, a very useful tool is the Export Object-ID, Material-ID and Depth Channel checkbox in the ‘Capture’ settings tab.

Export Object-ID, Material-ID and Depth Channel in Enscape

Export Object-ID, Material-ID and Depth Channel in Enscape

When active, this will tell Enscape to export essentially four renderings at once each time a render is being made – the rendered image as seen in the Enscape window itself, a second and third rendering that assigns a distinctive color to each object (Object-ID), material (Material-ID), and a fourth one that’s graded from white to black, depending on the distance from the camera (Depth Channel):

From left to right: the normal image render, the Depth (or Alpha Channel) render, the Material-ID render, and the Object-ID

From left to right: the normal image render, the Depth (or Alpha Channel) render, the Material-ID render, and the Object-ID

You can use the Object-ID and Material-ID image to post process parts of your image. Let’s say you’ve closed the project, all renderings are done, but you realize one element looks too dark. Instead of having to reopen and recreate everything, you can simply create a mask using that specific color, allowing you to post process only that part of the image.

Additionally, the black background can be used as Alpha channel to conveniently extract your actual model and place it in a photograph.

The Depth Map can be used to apply depth-related effects to your rendering.

All of these actions can be performed in many advanced image editing software – Enscape only delivers the renderings.

Automatic Naming

Enabling the Automatic Naming in the ‘Capture’ settings tab will name the file with date and time and project name. You can also use the Default Folder option to elect the location that you want to save your images to and the filename will be automatically annotated with a number in increasing order in cases where you are Batch Rendering. This means that on hitting the Render Image button you will not receive any prompt window, and Enscape will begin the rendering process.

Batch Rendering

Batch Rendering of images takes place when you have multiple views selected in the Render Image dialogue. For more information on this topic, please click here.


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