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.

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 define the width value. Enscape will now apply the aspect ratio of the viewport of SkecthUp to the resolution of Enscape, adjusting the height value respectively.

The Enscape Capture tab and its associated settings

The Enscape Capture tab and its associated settings

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 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

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), or Batch Render a set of Favorite Views. 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

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

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

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

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.

Render Quality Settings

Render 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

Using Safe Frame

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

Safe Frame enabled

Safe Frame enabled

When Safe Frame is enabled, clicking on the Render Image button will result in the Enscape window showing a preview of the image with the resolution applied so that you can see how the resolution is affecting your final render.  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, you can click on the Render Image or Render Video button again to render out the image or video. If you want to carry on working without rendering, just click the Exit Preview 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 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

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

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.

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, and the filename will be annotated with a number in increasing order.


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