Mike Rankin shows how to render images from Dimension CC. He reviews the settings in the Render panel, like image format and quality settings. He describes how it is possible to output files as flattened PNG files or layered Photoshop files in either 16-bit per channel or 32-bit per channel formats. He also points out the ability to take snapshots during the render process, and how to open the rendered file in Photoshop directly from Dimension CC.
- [Instructor] So far we've spent all our time in the design part of Adobe Dimension CC. But now that we've got an image that's pretty close to final, it's time to render it out to a 2D image format and that's what we'll do in this movie. So in our exercise file, we have our Hansel and Petal plant food pouches almost ready to show the client but I can't send the client a dimension file and I might also want to tweak this image a bit in Photoshop. So to render it out, I'll switch to the Render tab and depending on the size and complexity of your file, as well as the computing power of your machine, this process may take several minutes.
On the right side, we have controls for rendering and the first is Quality. We have three choices here, Low Fast, Medium, and High Slow. Note that even on the Low Fast setting, it might take a few minutes to complete a job. High Slow will yield the best quality but it will take a long time so you'll have to experiment with these settings, rendering the same file at different quality settings and then comparing the results. That way, you can determine if it's worth it to wait for a high-quality render in any situation.
For this example, I'm going to choose the High Slow value. Next is Export Format and this is pretty straightforward. There are two choices for native Photoshop files, 16 bits per channel and 32 bits per channel. Or you can render as a ping file. The Photoshop options will give you layered files with some handy options for masking and changing the background color of the image as we'll see later on. So I'll choose Photoshop 16 bits per channel. And then we can choose the Export Path where the rendered file is saved to by clicking on Export Path and then giving our file a name.
I'll just call this Hansel and Petal and save it on my desktop. I'll click Save and then Render. And I get a render preview and a progress bar telling me both the elapsed time and the percentage complete. There are also options to take a snapshot, which saves a copy of the render at this point in its progress, and a button to cancel the render. When the render is done, I see Render Finished and 100% here.
And now I can click to open it in Photoshop. So in this movie, we look at the process of rendering an image from Dimension CC, including the rendering options that you can choose from. In the next movie, we'll finish up by looking at the rendered file here in Photoshop and how you can work with it to take the image even further.