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Image To File

You can render an image or a scene to a file. You can also schedule batch renderings.

To render an image to a file:

  1. Click Render to File (PhotoWorks toolbar) or PhotoWorks, Render to File.

The field of view box appears in the graphics area so that you can assess how the model will appear in the output.

  1. Set the following options:

    • File name. Type a name for the file.

    • Format. Select the output format.

You should chose the file type based on the capabilities of your post-production software and the desired end result. For example, if you want to use a high-end graphics program such as Adobe® PhotoShop® to create composite images, you should chose a file format that has alpha channel support for transparency. When PhotoWorks images are rendered to the proper file format, alpha channel information is captured and stored in the file.

The alpha channel is an 8-bit channel, which means it has 256 levels of gray from 0 (black) to 255 (white). The level of gray in the alpha channel determines the level of transparency. For example, 50 percent gray allows for 50 percent transparency. TARGA and TIFF file formats support the alpha channel. In addition, Portable Network Graphics (PNG), while it does not support the alpha channel, does support transparency.

    • Image size. Set the size of the exported image by setting the following:

      • Select Pixels, Centimeters, or Inches to set the units. If you select Inches, you can also set the resolution in the dots per inch box.

      • Type a value in the Width and Height boxes to set the size.

      • Select  Fixed aspect ratio to retain the original proportions of the image when you change Width or Height.

      • Select one:

        •  Use camera aspect ratio. Available when at least one camera is defined.

        • Custom aspect ratio. Select or type the new ratio. Adjust this ratio to display the model with a different field of view in the output. When you supply a new value, the graphics area provides a preview of the result.

    • Image Quality. The Image Quality controls are available for certain image formats, as follows:

      • JPEG. Set the quality to Low, Medium, High, or Custom. When you select Custom, you can drag the slider from Low to High.

      • Targa or TIFF. Select the Compress using run length encoding check box if you want to compress the image file.

      • Encapsulated Postscript or Postscript. Select Color or Grayscale.

  1. Click Render to export the rendered image to the selected file format.

To render a scene to a file:

  1. Click Render to File (PhotoWorks toolbar) or PhotoWorks, Render to File.

  2. Type a name in the File name box, and set the Format to mental ray scene file (*.mi).

  3. Click Render to create a file containing the SolidWorks geometry and the associated appearances, lights, and scene.

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