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    Using graphic view options instead of rendering for final images

    I'm currently pressed for time and am experimenting with simply adjusting the graphic options in my 3d views. By turning on shadows and turning off lines I think its a decent image especially since i can make them really large without much pixelation when I export them. I'm not going for photo realistic by any means, obviously, just decent final images. Some questions though: I would like to lighten up some of the interiors in my exterior renderings and was wondering if lights would do this job or will they only work if I render the image? Are there any other methods for giving these images a bit more life that I am not thinking of? Anyone that has gone down this path and has tips or another thread that has gone through this. any help much appreciated.

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    yes, in realistic display mode, lights will work and can be controlled for brightness. You have to go into the graphic display options when in realistic mode and set the view to use artificial and sunlight. You can use the "Studio light" from the library as a fixtureless "omni" light that you can place just to shine some more light on certain areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_2612 View Post
    I'm currently pressed for time and am experimenting with simply adjusting the graphic options in my 3d views. By turning on shadows and turning off lines I think its a decent image especially since i can make them really large without much pixelation when I export them. I'm not going for photo realistic by any means, obviously, just decent final images. Some questions though: I would like to lighten up some of the interiors in my exterior renderings and was wondering if lights would do this job or will they only work if I render the image? Are there any other methods for giving these images a bit more life that I am not thinking of? Anyone that has gone down this path and has tips or another thread that has gone through this. any help much appreciated.
    We do this all the time. We only make actual renderings now for the 'marketing' images that help sell the project, otherwise it's all Realistic Views.

    It can be a little tricky, but you can get good results.

    A few tips:
    • Get familar with the Exposure Controls. Turn on Photographic Exposure, and play with that slider some to get close to what you want. Then click on Color Correction, and you can fine-tune highlights and shadows.
    • The Sun Direction and Sun Strength effects your view's brightness strongly, even if you don't have shadows turned on. You'll need to adjust the default Sun and Shadow strengths to get good results.
    • Just as with Rendering, you'll need to learn by doing; there's lots of settings here that will give you very different results!
    • The Ambiant Light setting under Lighting really makes a big difference, but is usually way too strong. I rarely set it above 15.
    • Some materials 'glare' much worse than others. Wood textures, for example, if set to 'Satin' for their finish will blow out a floor and turn it almost-white. It's pretty stupid. But we've found that the defaults in Revit aren't great for this approach, and you'll need to adjust how shiney materials are (or turn off any sort of 'finish' layer) to get good results.


    Hope this helps!
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    Thanks for the tips!

    It seems like you can only adjust exposure controls in Realistic mode which is a bit of a shame because I find that the shaded mode is a bit crisper in some ways than the realistic mode. I haven't tried exporting a realistic image yet so maybe it cleans up some there.

    Ambient lighting definitely helps a ton. Good tip.

    I'm not using a lot of different materials, mainly the default greys and paint colors where necessary. I do have a custom brick material that works really well. Are there certain native revit materials that work better than others when your dealing with the simply shades of colors? I like using just a grey for concrete, I'm not interested in using a concrete material as it takes too much tweaking and often looks bad.

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