Photo Realistic Rendering

Written by Adam Blau
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Engineers and designers can easily look at a set of schematics or at a 3D solid model and get a sense of what a finished project will look like. Their trained eyes understand the symbology of such models, and can make the cognitive leap from representation to reality. Experience and education allow for such interpretation of diagrams by engineers.

Engineers, however, do not work in a vacuum. It is often necessary for designers to accurately depict their models to clients, so that they, too, can garner a better understanding of what the finished project will look like. These clients may not have the engineering experience of the designer, so it may be considerably more difficult for them to understand how a model will translate into reality.

Photo-Realistic Rendering and CAD

Some computer-aided design (CAD) programs allow for photo-realistic renderings of a project. This means that the model will be presented at an extremely realistic quality, made to resemble an actual photograph of the putative item. Ideally, a client will be able to look at the photo-realistic rendering and see a plain presentation in front of his or her face--no imagination or diagram translation necessary.

Not all CAD programs can provide photo-realistic renderings of projects. If such a feature is important to you in your designing firm, it is worth investigating to ensure that the software you use can provide this service. In the end, your clients are your most valuable asset. It is important to make sure that your communication with them is as fluid as possible. Photo-realistic rendering can help to ensure this.


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