Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick renders, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] We couldn't present a schematic design without a rendering, so let's do a quick render here. I'm gonna press the F3 to go to the 3D. You can choose a position here that you want. I don't really want to be seeing those grids, so I'm gonna right-click on them, Layer, Hide Layer, that's fine. And I do recommend you to save this 3D view. So I'm gonna have the project map here on the left and the view map on the side. And inside Schematic Design I'm gonna create another subfolder called Renders.
And then I'm gonna drag this Generic Perspective inside that folder so we save a view that we can go back to. And, to do a render in ArchiCAD, all you have to do is go to Document, Creative Imaging, PhotoRender Projection. So if I click here, ArchiCAD is gonna automatically start rendering your image. But before we do this render, I'm gonna cancel this here pressing the red cross here in the bottom. So I'm not gonna let it finish and I'm gonna close. ArchiCAD is asking if I want to save this image, I'm gonna say Don't Save.
And let's change some of the setting for the render. So I'm gonna go here to Document, Creative Imaging, and let's go to PhotoRendering Settings. So when we're talking about rendering, there is a lot of settings that we can do. Not just for the image, but also for the materials. But that's not the purpose of this course. Here we're gonna take a look how we can get renders out without you having to be a master in rendering. So here on the PhotoRendering Settings, we can click here on this black image, and ArchiCAD is gonna generate a preview of the settings that we have below.
And here you can choose from some of the automatic settings that ArchiCAD already gave us. So I'm gonna select the Outdoor Daylight Fast. So I'm gonna press on the image again so it refreshes. And as you can see, it is quite good already. You may be able to get away with this. You might prefer to put some trees on the back, so make it look better. And if you have some Photoshop skills, you can make this look really amazing. Other things you can change is the quality of the materials.
So right now I'm in Custom, I can change it to High. So I can change the quality of the objects to High or Final. I recommend you to do a Low one first, until you get everything right. You can change some settings for the lights. I'm not gonna change any of that. And one important thing here is that you can use a White Model Effect. So if I tick on that box and press here on the image to refresh, you'll notice that ArchiCAD will generate a white model. So this is much faster for ArchiCAD to render.
So like these you can test all the lighting, the sky, and when everything is finished you go ahead and uncheck this box. You can also change the environment. So you can choose the kind of skies you want. We can change the preset image here for the one that you prefer. So let's change to this option here. And you could also change the date and time. So right now we are gonna be at 8:00 AM. So let's press Refresh. This is looking much better already.
You can do some night views as well. And on the object library, you are gonna find some lights that you can place on the model that looks really good too. And let's say we're happy with this. I'm gonna render a Low image here so it doesn't take too long for me, but you can do a higher resolution one. So I'm gonna go ahead and press Render. So now I can close these settings here so we'd see the render in progress. And ArchiCAD is using the same engine as the Cinema 4D, so it's a really good, really professional rendering engine that you can have very professional renders.
If you like rendering you can go into a lot of details into it. So, there we go, it's finished. You can now go to File, Save As, and then save this image as a TIFF, a JPEG, or a PDF if you prefer. So I'm gonna save it here to my desktop, and I'm gonna name it Perspective 1, and then save it. Now you can print and use in your presentations.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.