By adjusting the Image Quality setting, you can vary the performance of your SOLIDWORKS models.
- [Instructor] While many adjustments can be made under the System Options to increase performance, it also makes sense to look over at the specific document properties, which are particular to each document you're working in, and adjust those properties as well. The one that I want to highlight specifically is the Image Quality. So you can see right here that the Image Quality is turned up very high, extremely high even, and this makes it slower, as it says right here under it.
So let's go and take a look at our image real quick, and you'll see I've got nice curves with pretty nice radii, smooth lines all around, not really too much more we could ask for from the graphics. Now let's see what happens when we turn that setting down. I'm going to go way down on both of these. Now what you can see is that it makes a circle more blocky. That's literally what we're adjusting is the deviation that it can have from roundness.
So I'm going to set this super low, just to exaggerate this. And as you can see, my performance goes up, gets faster. I'm going to hit OK. Now we can see that my circles have all gone blocky on me. And actually, it's kind of hard to even select anything because the image quality is so bad. It's turned the resolution way down. But I can throw this thing any which way, and it holds on, no problem. The graphics can keep up, whereas before, it might have been a little slower.
So depending on the document that you're working in, you'll want to go into the Image Quality and adjust it for what makes sense for you. Because this computer is very powerful and has a very strong video card, I'm going to leave it up pretty high because we want you guys to be able to see everything very clearly. And going back in, you see how it just smoothed out all those lines, and it actually makes it a little bit easier for selection as well. So as I said, you'll want to be careful on how you use that tool, but try to use the lowest setting possible that still gives you the optimal results because this is just going to speed up your parts, your assemblies, your drawings in particular, any other files that you're working in.
And again, in case we are looking for that setting, you go up to System Options, click on the Document Properties tab, and down to Image Quality.
- How your workstation's hardware functions
- Adjusting System Options settings
- Modeling best practices
- Creating custom configurations
- Fixing your assemblies
- Using SpeedPak
- Increasing modeling performance with Instant2D and Instant3D