Render an Image

Overview

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

There are four possible ways you can render in Enscape

1.  Render the current “Enscape Viewport” that is displayed in the Enscape window using the Take Screenshot button.

2.  Batch Rendering a set of Named or Favorite Views using the Batch Render button.

3.  Link a View to a Settings Preset.

4.  Save a screenshot in Virtual Reality.

Before you render an image, you should adjust the resolution of your rendering, you’ll find the option to change the resolution under the Enscape Visual Setting’s “Capture” tab. You can pick any Preset or custom resolution you want (up to 8192 x 8192px), but be warned: using extremely high resolutions, may result in the rendering process taking more than just a few seconds – and may even clog your graphics card’s VRAM, causing Enscape and your CAD to crash or stop responding all together.

The Resolution options

The Resolution options

For SketchUp users only, it is worth noting that if you choose the Custom Resolution setting, the Use Viewport Aspect Ratio setting, that is specific to the SketchUp plugin only, then 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 setting your required resolution setting, hit the Take Screenshot button Take a Screenshot in the Enscape ribbon / toolbar to render out your first Enscape generated image, 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, [CTRL], [ALT],or [SHIFT] in combination with another key. Furthermore, you have the option to customize your rendering further via the Enscape General Settings window under the Customization option.

Render an Image in Revit

The Render buttons in Revit

The Render buttons in Revit

In Revit, you can render a single image (Take Screenshot), or you can perform a Batch Rendering of a set of Named Views or Favorite Views which are defined in the Batch Rendering dialog after the Batch Rendering button has been clicked.
In Revit you can also render single images into the Revit project file itself via the Render Image (into Document) button. If you choose the Render Image (into Document) option, the rendered image will then appear in your Revit’s ‘Renderings’ folder in the Revit Project Browser.

The Take Screenshot and Batch Rendering, and Render IMage (into Document) buttons for Revit are only enabled when the Enscape window itself has been started.

Clicking on Take Screenshot Take a Screenshotwill open up the Save screenshot dialog so that you can name the image file, select the file format (.png, .jpg, .exr, or .tga) as well as select the location you wish to save the render out to. You can skip this dialog if you have enabled Automatic Naming in the Enscape Visual Settings window.

To Batch Render a set of images, click on the Batch Rendering button Bacth Rendering button which will then open the Batch Rendering dialog, where you will be able to select the Views you would like to render out.

It’s worth noting that you can only Batch Render Named Views that you have already created.

You can choose to click the button Select All CAD views, which will select all the views in the list for rendering.

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.

Batch Rendering Dialog

Batch Rendering Dialog

Render Button in the Batch Rendering dilaog

Render Button in the Batch Rendering dilaog

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

The Default Folder option is available for Batch Rendering, and this means that when linking a Named View to a Setting Preset that has a different Default Folder specified, the associated location will be respected when Batch Rendering, so your renders can be targeted to specific folders if desired.

Automatic Naming has no affect when Batch Rendering, and the files are always named with the time stamp and are appended with the name of that View.

The Show Safe Frame option is always disabled during Batch Rendering and when rendering a single Named View via the Batch Rendering dialog.

If you have not created any Named Views, then Batch Rendering is not available and you will only be able to render out single images via Take Screenshot, or Render Image (into Document).

Render Image in Sketchup

Enscape's Render buttons in Sketchup

Enscape's Render buttons in Sketchup

The Take Screenshot button and Batch Rendering button can be found in the Enscape Capturing toolbar. Therefore, to render an image conveniently in SketchUp you might want to add the corresponding Enscape toolbar first by right-clicking in the toolbar area and then by selecting the ‘Enscape Capturing’ option.

The Take Screenshot and Batch Rendering buttons for SketchUp are only enabled when the Enscape window itself has been started.

Enable the Enscape Capturing toolbar in SketchUp

Enable the Enscape Capturing toolbar in SketchUp

Alternatively, simply select ‘Extensions’ -> ‘Enscape’ -> Take Screenshot / Batch Rendering, or navigate via Sketchup’s View dropdown menu option, named Toolbars.

Clicking on the Take Screenshot button will render out the current Enscape Viewport.  The Save screenshot dialog will open so that you can name the file, select its format and select the location you want to save the image to.

If Automatic Naming, Default Folder, or File Format are set in the Visual Setting window, then the corresponding options can be bypassed.

To Batch Render a set of images, click on the Batch Rendering button Bacth Rendering button which will then open the Batch Rendering dialog, where you will be able to select the Views you would like to render out.

It’s worth noting that you can only Batch Render Named Views that you have already created.

Clicking on Select All CAD views will select all the Named Views that are listed.

Clicking the Select Favorites button will only select the Views that are marked as a Favorite View (in the Manage Views menu).

Or, lastly, select the Views you want to render by clicking on their name in the list.To select multiple Views in a non linear fashion simply use [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click to select / deselect the Named Views you would like to render.

Once done, click the Render button at the bottom of the dialog.

The Default Folder option is available for Batch Rendering, and this means that when linking a Named View to a Setting Preset that has a different Default Folder specified, the associated location will be respected when Batch Rendering each image, so each rendered image can be targeted to specific folders if desired.

Automatic Naming has no affect when Batch Rendering, and the files are always named with the time stamp and are appended with the name of that View.

The Show Safe Frame option is always disabled during Batch Rendering and when rendering a single Named View via the Batch Rendering dialog.

Batch Rendering dialog in SketchUp

Batch Rendering dialog in SketchUp

If you have not created any Named Views, then Batch Rendering will not be possible.

Render Image dialogue when no Named Views have been created

Render Image dialogue when no Named Views have been created

Render Image in Rhino

In Rhino, there are two Enscape tabs. The Take Screenshot and Batch Rendering buttons can be found in the ‘Enscape Capturing’ tab.

The Take Screenshot and Batch Rendering buttons for Rhino are only enabled when the Enscape window itself has been started.

Enscape's Render buttons in Rhino

Enscape's Render buttons in Rhino

Clicking on the Take Screenshot button will render out the current Enscape Viewport.  The Save screenshot dialog will open so that you can name the file, select its format and select the location you want to save the image to.

If Automatic Naming, Default Folder, or File Format are set in the Visual Setting window, then the corresponding options can be bypassed.

To Batch Render a set of images, click on the Batch Rendering button Bacth Rendering button which will then open the Batch Rendering dialog, where you will be able to select the Views you would like to render out.

It’s worth noting that you can only Batch Render Named Views that you have already created.

Clicking on Select All CAD views will select all the Named Views that are listed.

Clicking the Select Favorites button will only select the Views that are marked as a Favorite View (in the Manage Views menu).

Or, lastly, select the Views you want to render by clicking on their name in the list.To select multiple Views in a non linear fashion simply use [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click to select / deselect the Named Views you would like to render.

Once done, click the Render button at the bottom of the dialog.

The Default Folder option is available for Batch Rendering, and this means that when linking a Named View to a Setting Preset that has a different Default Folder specified, the associated location will be respected when Batch Rendering each image, so each rendered image can be targeted to specific folders if desired.

Automatic Naming has no affect when Batch Rendering, and the files are always named with the time stamp and are appended with the name of that View.

The Show Safe Frame option is always disabled during Batch Rendering and when rendering a single Named View via the Batch Rendering dialog.

Batch Rendering dialog in Rhino

Batch Rendering dialog in Rhino

If you have not created any Named Views, then Batch Rendering will not be possible and the only option that will be available is Take Screenshot to render the current Enscape Viewport.

Render Image dialogue when no Named Views have been created

Render Image dialogue when no Named Views have been created

Render Image in ArchiCAD

The Take Screenshot and Batch Rendering buttons for ArchiCAD are only enabled when the Enscape window itself has been started.

Click on Take Screenshot to render out the current Enscape Viewport. The Save screenshot dialog will open so that you can name the file, select its format and select the location you want to save the image to.

If Automatic Naming, Default Folder, or File Format are set in the Visual Setting window, then the corresponding options can be bypassed.

Enscape's Render buttons in ArchiCAD

Enscape's Render buttons in ArchiCAD

Clicking on the Take Screenshot button will render out the current Enscape Viewport.  The Save screenshot dialog will open so that you can name the file, select its format and select the location you want to save the image to.

If Automatic Naming, Default Folder, or File Format are set in the Visual Setting window, then the corresponding options can be bypassed.

To Batch Render a set of images, click on the Batch Rendering button Bacth Rendering button which will then open the Batch Rendering dialog, where you will be able to select the Views you would like to render out.

It’s worth noting that you can only Batch Render Named Views that you have already created.

Clicking on Select All CAD views will select all the Named Views that are listed.

Clicking the Select Favorites button will only select the Views that are marked as a Favorite View (in the Manage Views menu).

Or, lastly, select the Views you want to render by clicking on their name in the list.To select multiple Views in a non linear fashion simply use [Ctrl] / [Shift] + left mouse click to select / deselect the Named Views you would like to render.

Once done, click the Render button at the bottom of the dialog.

The Default Folder option is available for Batch Rendering, and this means that when linking a Named View to a Setting Preset that has a different Default Folder specified, the associated location will be respected when Batch Rendering each image, so each rendered image can be targeted to specific folders if desired.

Automatic Naming has no affect when Batch Rendering, and the files are always named with the time stamp and are appended with the name of that View.

The Show Safe Frame option is always disabled during Batch Rendering and when rendering a single Named View via the Batch Rendering dialog.

Batch Rendering dialog in ArchiCAD

Batch Rendering dialog in ArchiCAD

Render Image in Vectorworks

At this time it is not possible to save views in Vectorworks, so it is only possible to render a single image via the Take Screenshot button. Batch rendering is currently not possible in Enscape for Vectorworks.

To render an image, first make sure that Enscape is running, i.e. the Enscape window is open. Then simply click the Take Screenshot button and this will open the Save screenshot dialog so that you can name the file, select its format and select the location you want to save the image to.

If Automatic Naming, Default Folder, or File Format are set in the Visual Setting window’s Capture tab, then the corresponding options can be bypassed.

Render Image Tool button

Render Image Tool button

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 when the Resolution is set to Custom and will not be applied when rendering a single or a batch 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 camera’s target area, and then to confirm the choice so that rendering of the View can take place. Therefore, before clicking the OK button, you should bring the Enscape window in focus, adjust the camera, and then confirm by clicking OK.

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 Ensacpe Visual Settings window’s Capture tab will rename the file with date and time and will be appended with project name or the Named View when Batch Rendering.

Default Folder

If you specify a Default Folder location in the Visual Settings’ Capture tab, using the Take Screenshot will open the Save screenshot dialog at that specified location. It is still therefore possible to change the location on the fly.

When using Batch Rendering, the action is the same, unless you link a Named View to a Setting Preset, in which case, the location that each Named View is rendered out to is dependent on the location specified in the linked Preset.

This means you can assign each Named View a specific location when Batch Rendering.

Batch Rendering

Batch Rendering of images takes place when you click the Batch Rendering button. For more information on this topic, please click here.


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