Real-time rendering with Enscape & SketchUp

Plug-ins such as Enscape for Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, ArchiCAD, and Vector-works allow real-time rendering and virtual reality. You are modeling software plugs directly into it, giving you a seamless design and visualization workflow.

In all phases of a project, Enscape provides an integrated visualization and design workflow. This tool enables you to turn models into immersive 3D experiences faster and easier using Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, ArchiCAD, and Vector-works.


Textures of poor quality include blurred, undefined, extremely small, or pixelated ones. When creating textures, you must find high-definition ones. You should also consider seamless textures. Repetition may indicate carelessness in texture selection. You can find seamless textures on many websites, but if you cannot find any, image editing software can fix this repetition for you.

Renderings are easily created with image editing software. Besides editing textures in post-production, you can also edit them during the filming process. In Enscape, you can simulate the effects of bumps and reflections using the default texture, or albedo as it calls in the Material Editor. It may be necessary to adjust the amount of black and white on these maps to achieve the desired effect. That will result in even better renderings as a result of the above effects.

Details & Lighting

Understanding how light and dark work in harmony is one of the key points for achieving good results, whether it's natural or artificial lighting. This was evident in the architectural visualizations and real-life examples you looked at in the first step, and it is something I consider fundamental. To make good renderings, you need to understand what makes up the lighting of a 3D scene. In a virtual environment, you will be able to reproduce natural or artificial light with more realism by observing and considering each element in a photograph.

Rendering Setup of Enscape

Accessing the Settings

The Enscape viewport must be running to open the Visual Settings panel and the Settings Presets panel. The Settings Presets panel can be expanded or collapsed by clicking on the small chevron positioned at the left-hand side of the Visual Settings panel. The Enscape UI should open once you click the highlighted button in the right corner.

Create a Settings Preset

At the top and bottom of the Presets panel, click either of the Create Preset buttons. You can manually edit the settings in a Preset after creating it, and they will apply and save.

Load Preset

You can open previous Settings Presets, including Legacy Settings, by hovering your mouse over the symbol outlined in the screenshot to the right. As soon as you click the button, the Open dialog box will appear, offering three options for importing or opening.

Saving Preset

CAD projects store all settings presets within the project file, so they are accessible from any open project. You can save the Settings Presets out to a file for use in another CAD project via the Save as file option if you want to use them in another project. Save as dialog allows you to specify the location where these files save as .json files.

Import Legacy Settings

Legacy Settings Presets can be imported from previous versions of Enscape. You can import presets by clicking the Import button on the Presets panel.

You may want to save these settings to a .json file if you want to use them in other projects. In any case, they will be stored in the CAD project.

Manage Settings

  • The Presets menu provides options for renaming, duplicating, deleting, and resetting settings preset.
  • The name of a copied Settings Preset will be prefixed with the word copy if you duplicate a Setting.
  • Besides warning you if the name you're trying to use already exists, Rename will also suggest alternatives.
  • The factory default settings will be restored to the preset when the settings are reset to default.

Benefits of Enscape

Having the ability to move quickly through iterations is vital to the design process. One of Enscape's most important benefits, as the company puts it, is its ability to accelerate workflows.

A live link between CAD and rendering software allows for the integration of real-time rendering into the design process. As anyone participating in a project can quickly pull up a real-time walkthrough, applications like Enscape can greatly shorten the distance between design and visualization.

Enscape is simple to use and requires no training for users to jump right in. Enscape users claim they can minimize costs since clients can comprehend design concepts right from the beginning.

To learn more, watch the following video tutorial.

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Wrapping it Up

Accessible rendering that does not require prior specialized knowledge enables you to work intuitively with Enscape.

One model can serve as the basis for designing, documenting, and visualizing simultaneously. You can create design experiences but also support effective diagnosis and experimentation with the tool.

Master these habits for success when Rendering in real-time with Enscape for SketchUp