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Document Properties

PhotoWorks provides options on the Document Properties tab that affect the active document only.

To set Document Properties:

  1. Click Options (PhotoWorks toolbar) or PhotoWorks, Options.

  2. On the Document Properties tab, edit the following:

Anti-aliasing quality

Some rendered images contain "staircasing" (visible regular steps in diagonal lines that should be smooth), "cording" (thin lines whose width is incorrectly changing in regular intervals), or other aliasing artifacts.

The levels of anti-aliasing quality are:

    • Medium. Renders fast and is good for a first look. Aliasing artifacts are visible.

    • High. Produces images at reasonable rendering speed. Aliasing artifacts are usually invisible.

    • Very High. Produces the highest quality images. Use this option as a final rendering if the scene has highly reflective appearances like mirrors, and if the image is for a presentation.

    • Custom. Allows you to customize the anti-aliasing quality. Move the Custom settings slider from Min (fast) to Max (slow). When set to Min (fast), the image renders quickly with low anti-aliasing quality. When set to Max (slow), the image renders slowly with the highest anti-aliasing quality.

    Ray tracing

    Custom settings. Sets the ray tracing depth per document. The ray tracing depth determines how PhotoWorks treats rays of light when those rays strike a reflective or refractive object.

    For example, if you set the Number of reflections value to 0 for a highly reflective object, the object renders with a dull appearance. No reflective rays are cast because the value is 0. If you change the value to 1, the object renders with a reflective appearance because reflective rays are cast from the object.

    • Number of reflections. Limits the number of reflection rays. If it is set to 0, no reflection rays are cast. If it is set to 1, one level is cast but a reflection ray cannot be reflected again, and so on.

    • Number of refractions. Limits the number of refraction and transparency rays. Refractions apply to transparent appearances.

      If the SolidWorks scene contains transparent appearances, PhotoWorks automatically increments the Number of refractions by four.

    Image Adjustment

Image Adjustment controls tone mapping. Tone mapping accounts for high dynamic range images, and is synonymous with the types of adjustments found in most graphics’ applications.

The settings for Image Adjustment include:

  • Brightness. Controls the radiance of an image.

  • Contrast. Controls the level of difference between light and dark areas.

  • Color Saturation. Controls the level of color intensity. On most scenes, you can set Color Saturation to 100%. On some scenes, it makes the colors glow. If the setting is too low, the colors are washed out.

Balanced image adjustment

High brightness

Low contrast

Low color saturation

PhotoWorks Data

    Store PhotoWorks data in model file (Note: May increase file size.) Embeds referenced image files in the SolidWorks document. Clear the check box to store links to the files. Referenced files are used for appearances, decals,  and scenes.

Links to referenced image files are needed to make decals visible in PhotoView 360 or in SolidWorks when PhotoWorks is not added in. In this case, clear this option.

    Related Topics

    Advanced Document Properties
    Rendering Options
    System Options

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