Best Practices for Photorealistic Rendering

Photorealistic rendering solutions are more feature-filled and easier to use than ever. By following four best practices, engineers can use these applications to create more realistic images more quickly.

While photorealistic rendering applications for engineers are not new, they are now more advanced and easy to use. Additionally, some are being integrated into standard CAD/CAM/CAE packages. This allows engineers to use their existing models seamlessly to create photorealistic images, rather than having to export models from their CAD/CAM/CAE system and import them into the rendering system.

As a result, more engineers have the opportunity to take advantage of these capabilities and their benefits, eliminating the cost of building a prototype, taking it to a photographic studio, setting up the background, positioning the lighting, taking photographs and performing multiple iterations to make the images look right.

It can also help reduce time-to-market by allowing design teams to gain a more accurate understanding of how a product looks earlier in the design process and by enabling companies to produce packaging in parallel with the product rather than waiting for a prototype.

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This PTC Feature Article introduces four best practices—using imaged based lighting, appearance libraries, physically correct lighting and global illumination, and realistic shadows. Following these, engineers with all levels of experience with photorealistic rendering will be able to create highly realistic renderings more quickly and easily.

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