Enscape has two Settings windows; General Settings and Visual Settings . The General Settings window contains application wide settings not intended to be changed very often. The Visual Settings contain those settings to be used when tweaking an image or video for rendering; settings such as Exposure, Field of View, Depth of Field, and Resolution, etc. Only the Visual Settings window has the ‘Presets‘ menu option that allows you to load, save, reset, and manage your Settings.
There are two ways to manage your settings in Enscape. You can either save them to your computer’s hard drive as a .json file, or you may choose to store them in your CAD software’s project file.
Any changes made in the General Settings window are automatically saved to the .json file that, with a default installation, can be found in the folder C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\Enscape\Settings. The Enscape Settings ‘Presets‘ are therefore static value dumps and the read and write operations are atomic operations. This means that either the entire ‘preset’ is read and it’s values placed into your current settings, or the ‘preset’ is overwritten with your current settings. Therefore, the .json file that contains the base settings functions as a value repository.
Here, you can see the General and Visual Settings buttons in Revit and SketchUp (the icons seen in SketchUp are also used in both Rhino, ArchiCAD, and Vectorworks). The Visual Settings icon has a small eye symbol included, and is the settings window that contains the ‘Preset‘ menu options.
Settings buttons in Revit
Settings buttons in SketchUp
So, click on the Visual Settings button to open the related window. The settings menu can then be found under the Presets button at the top left of that window.
Settings Preset menu location
Click on Presets to reveal the menu options, where you can load and save presets to projects (which is the default action when saving settings presets), or to a .json file. There is an also option to Reset To Default, which will reset the settings to the default settings found with a fresh Enscape installation. Lastly, the Manage Presets option will open all presets that have been saved to the project file.
Settings Preset first level menu
So, hovering your mouse over the Load Presets option will then expand two more options;
Load From Project (default) – where you can choose the preset from the presets that are associated with the project. It is these Settings Presets that can be linked to Views for easy reproduction of renderings.
Load From File – where you can load the settings from a .json file.
Load Presets options
When you click the Load From Project (default) the Load Presets window will open, listing the available presets associated with that project file. Click on a preset to load it. Notice there is also a Default Settings option available in the Load Presets‘ window, which will return all the settings to the defaults that are set when Enscape is initially installed.
Load Presets options
Likewise, hovering your mouse over the Save Presets option will also provide two options;
Save To Project (default) – which will save the settings to the currently opened project, whilst also adding them to the Manage Presets list. Furthermore, these Settings Presets are those that can be linked to a View to allow the easy reproduction of renderings.
Save To File – which will save the settings from the .json file.
Save Presets options
Clicking on the Save To Project (default) will result in a Window opening where you can either name the settings, or you can rename and overwrite a pre-existing project related Preset.
Define the setting's name
Overwrite an existing setting
If you choose to overwrite an existing Preset, then you will be prompted to confirm the overwrite.
Overwrite Preset Warning
Clicking the Manage Presets will open the window where you can see the list of Settings that you saved using the Save to Project (default) menu option. You can then choose to Rename or Delete any of the listed settings. Renaming the preset is done directly in the Manage Presets window. Close the Manage Presets window using the X button once you are done.
Manage Presets window
Option to Rename or Delete a Setting Preset
It is possible to import legacy Settings Presets from versions of Enscape prior to version 2.6. This can be done by opening the General Settings window, and then clicking on the Settings Management option, whereby you will see the Legacy Import button.
This will then open the Legacy Settings Import window that lists all the legacy Settings Presets that are available.
Legacy Settings Import window
Click to highlight one of the settings from the list and then the Import button will become available.
Import Legacy Settings
All imported legacy settings will then automatically be assigned to the relevant settings window in Enscape 2.6, whether that is the General Settings or Visual Settings. You can then save these settings either to a file, or as being bound to a project, as is already set out above.