Render an Image

How do I render an image?

From within Enscape, you have three 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.  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.

The Enscape Capture tab and its associated settings

After choosing the right settings, hit the Render Image button in the Enscape ribbon to trigger the rendering 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.

Render Image in Revit

The Render Image buttons in Revit

In Revit, you can render an image either as a file – Render Image – or into the Revit project file – Render Image (into Document). If you choose to save the Render Image  (into Document), it will then appear in your ‘Renderings’ folder in the Revit Project Browser.

Render Image in Sketchup

Enscape's Render Image button in Sketchup

The Render Image option 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”:

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.

Render Image in Rhino

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

Enscape's Render Image button in Rhino

Render Image in ArchiCAD

You can access the “Render Image” 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.

Enscape's Render Image button in ArchiCAD

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

Make sure you set the Rendering Quality slider in the ‘General’ settings tab to Ultra quality.

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

Automatic image rendering 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 renders 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.

Export Material-ID and Depth Settings in Enscape

When active, this will tell Enscape to export essentially three renderings at once each time a render is being made – the rendered image as seen in the Enscape window 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):

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

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.

Additionally, the a 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 softwares – Enscape only delivers the renderings.


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