Photoview Best Practice
The settings used to get a good
render in Photoview depend on what purpose for which you plan on using the
rendered image. If you are going to be placing the rendered image on your plan
view alongside the top view of the cabinets, a smaller resolution is suitable,
however if you plan to send a rendered image to your customers then much higher
settings are recommended.
Does it take long to render a Photoview image?
This really depends on the
settings you put into it, and the hardware that is available in your computer.
If you have a video card with a GPU, you can use the “Use GPU if available”
option which uses the graphics card to help create the render, thereby speeding
up the process. The higher the resolution you use, as well as the higher the
Samples value, the longer the rendering process will take. Rendering speed also
is affected by how many cabinets and models are in your drawing. A drawing with
only 3 cabinets will render a lot faster than a drawing with 100 cabinets.
What settings should I use?
Checking Your Angle
Before spending the time to do a
full quality render, it can be useful to first produce a smaller, low-quality
image to make sure your positioning is correct, so your final image will show
your design from the desired angle. This can be done with a low sample rating,
usually between 20 and 100, as shown below:
Rendering for Plan View
If you will be putting your
rendered image on your Plan View alongside your cabinets, a small resolution is
recommended as it allows the image to have a small file size and will have a
minimal effect on how much of the computer’s memory CabMaster will be using. Use
an average rate for the Samples value, generally between 500 and 2000 samples,
and a relatively small resolution, as shown below:
Rendering for Sending to your Customer
A much higher setting will create
a much more impressive image. If you plan to send your rendered image to your
customer, try using a higher resolution and higher Samples value. “Full HD” has
the resolution of 1920 x 1080. A higher sample value will produce a “cleaner”
picture that has less noise, thereby creating a smoother, much cleaner final
image. Use a Samples value of at least 2000.
Use Denoising applies an
additional level of smoothing to the image, thereby reducing the spottiness (noise)
in the render.
When Photoview creates the render, it uses a default lighting system. However,
you can overwrite this by setting up your own lights.
The default settings in the Light
tool are too bright for a good Photoview render, so be sure to adjust them. It
is recommended to place the lights close to the cabinets, set the brightness to
20-25%, and the height to the same height as your ceiling:
Testing out these options will
help you to find the best settings to create the best rendered images for you
and your customers.