Saving a screenshot

How do I save a screenshot?

From within Enscape, you have three options:

    1. Save the current “native” 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. Save a screenshot in Virtual Reality

You’ll find the option to change the resolution in the Enscape Settings menu, “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 RAM and cause Enscape to crash.

After choosing the right settings, hit the screenshot button in the Enscape ribbon to trigger the screenshot or use the hotkeys SHIFT + F11. 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 settings “Customization” tab.

Saving a screenshot in Revit:

Saving a screenshot

In Revit, you can save a screenshot either as an image file – Screenshot (To File) – or as rendering – Screenshot (As Rendering). If you choose to save the screenshot as rendering, it will then appear in your ‘Renderings’ folder in the Project Browser.

Saving a screenshot in SketchUp:

Screenshot SketchUp

 

To save a screenshot conveniently in SketchUp you might want to add the corresponding toolbar first via right-click in the toolbar area and then selecting “Enscape Capturing”:

Enscape Capturing Toolbar

Alternatively, simply select ‘Extensions’ -> ‘Enscape’ -> ‘Screenshot (To File)’.

Saving a screenshot in Rhino:

In Rhino, there’s two Enscape tabs. The “Screenshot (To File)” button can be found in the “Enscape Capturing” tab.

Saving a screenshot in ArchiCAD:

 

You can access the “Screenshot (To File)” button in the Enscape menu in ArchiCAD.

You can also access the controls conveniently from anywhere, including the Enscape window, by clicking “Enscape Toolbar” at the very bottom of this menu.

 

How do I get the best quality in my screenshots?

  • Make sure you set the Rendering Quality slider in the ‘General’ settings tab to the maximum quality your system can handle without stuttering too much.

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

Automatic screenshot naming

If you’d like to save several screenshots in a row, enable Automatic screenshot naming in the ‘Capture’ settings tab. You can then choose a folder where your screenshots will be saved by number in the filename in increasing order.

Export 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 Material-ID and Depth checkbox in the ‘Capture’ settings tab.


When active, this will tell Enscape to export essentially three renderings at once each time a screenshot is being made – your rendering itself, a second rendering that assigns a distinctive color to each material (Material-ID), and a third one that’s graded from white to black, depending on the distance from the camera (Depth Channel):

You can use the 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.

The Depth Map can be used to apply depth-related effects to your rendering. Additionally, by dialing up the Depth Range to 1000 m, you can create a black & white mask that can be used as Alpha channel to conveniently extract your actual model and place it in a photograph.

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


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