Have you ever spent several weeks on a project, created renderings and your images turned out terrible when used in a presentation? Every image looks pixellated, blurry, fuzzy or worse. Perhaps you used Photoshop and increased the resolution thinking that somehow this would make the renderings better (NEWSFLASH, it actually makes renderings WORSE). It all boils down to PPI, DPI, Resolution, Rendering Quality, etc. They all mean the same thing. These terms determine the overall quality of the images you generated in your rendering software.
So everyone wonders, 'How do I get the best quality renderings in Revit'?
I'll share some best practices for renderings in Revit. in order to create 3D renders of your Revit designs, it is important to determine what quality you are after.
First, let's break down some rendering terminology :
Rendering - is a computer-generated image of a 2D or 3D model using computer software
Pixels - open an image in Photoshop and zoom in closely. Those tiny dots are called Pixels. The more, the merrier.
Resolution - how much detail (measured in pixels using DPI or PPI) an image contains.
DPI - dots per inch (old-school way of describing resolution). How many pixels appear in every INCH of your image.
PPI - pixels per inch (new-school way of describing resolution) Same as DPI.
Rendering Quality is measured in DPI or PPI and is calculated by the size of the image X the resolution required.
So, what is an acceptable quality resolution or DPI for a rendering? Well, that all depends on the purpose of your image. If an image is intended to be shared on the internet, then 72 DPI would be acceptable. However, if you intend to create a higher quality image for a presentation (either printed or PDF), then 200 DPI would be the lower limit while 300 DPI would give you the best results.
The steps are as follows:
John Manfredy has over two decades of expertise teaching architectural technology to architects and interior designers. Coursework has included Autodesk products: Revit Architecture, 3D Studio Max, Autocad and SketchUp.