Rendering in Enscape is incredibly easy, and with one click of a button, you can explore your design as a fully rendered model in just a few seconds. But there are a few tips and tricks worth knowing so you can get the most out of Enscape’s real-time rendering and virtual reality engine and to help you create more realistic architectural visualizations.
If you’ve taken out a trial or you’re a new user, you may want to know how to get started with Enscape and how to access and use the built-in asset library. If that’s the case, there are a few videos below which are perfect for you. I’d also encourage you to visit our Knowledge Base whenever you have a question since it’s packed full of step-by-step articles which you can filter based on your CAD / BIM tool of choice.
There are also a number of workflow features that you may not have explored yet, such as integrated BIM Mode, Collaborative Annotation, and Orthographic Views, all accessible from within Enscape and your design tool (we currently support Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, ArchiCAD, and Vectorworks). In these video tutorials, you will learn all about the features that will help you save time, improve communication, and improve your entire design workflow.
So, without any further ado, here are a handful of architectural visualization tutorials from our Customer Success team and the Enscape community to help you get started with Enscape, improve your rendering skills and your design workflow. If you have any other favorites that aren’t listed below (because there are so many, it would be impossible to include them all here!), please leave a comment and a link beneath the article. Happy rendering!
Architectural visualization tutorials for beginners
In these Enscape tutorials, Kaj Burival from our Customer Success team explains how to get started with Enscape for Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, ArchiCAD and Vectorworks.
Learn the basics, including how to install Enscape and the specifications required; how to render an image and a video; how to navigate your model in walk and fly mode, how to synchronize your views, change materials, add notes plus how to access and use the built-in virtual reality tool and so much more!
How to Get Started: Enscape for Revit
How to Get Started: Enscape for SketchUp
How to Get Started: Enscape for Rhino
How to Get Started: Enscape for ArchiCAD
How to Get Started: Enscape for Vectorworks
Rendering tutorials from the Enscape community
The following tutorials from the wider Enscape community will show you how to use specific Enscape features to help you create and optimize your rendered scenes. They cover lighting, assets, animated vegetation, materials, video creation and our latest workflow tools including BIM Mode (where BIM information is accessible from within your render), Collaborative Annotation (which allows you to add annotations) and Orthographic Views.
BIM Mode, Collaborative Annotation, Animated Vegetation and Assets
In this tutorial, Joseph Kim takes you through a few of Enscape’s newer features released with Enscape 2.8, including Collaborative Annotation or ‘Collaboration Mode’ which includes an integration with BIM Track; animated vegetation, and assets, including new carpet and healthcare assets. Joseph also explains how to access and use these features in this 13-minute tutorial.
Adding artificial lights to Enscape assets in SketchUp
In this tutorial, Justin from The Rendering Essentials provides tips for adding artificial lighting; shows you how to combine lights with objects in the Enscape asset library, and shows how different lights appear in Enscape.
Enscape + SketchUp exterior lighting tips
In this video, Minh from Architecture Inspirations provides a quick guide to shadow settings, geolocation, sun brightness, clouds, night settings, artificial lighting and so much more!
How to create light fixtures in Enscape for Revit
In this tutorial, Architecture Vanguard demonstrates how to create great-looking lights in Revit and Enscape.
Creating animations (videos) in Enscape for SketchUp
Below, Justin from The Rendering Essentials explains how to use Enscape’s video editor to quickly create an animation of your model in Enscape for SketchUp.
How to edit an existing video path in Enscape
In this short tutorial, Dan Stine shows you how to edit an existing video path that has been created in Enscape.
Realistic wood materials tips and tricks
Minh from Architecture Inspirations demonstrates how to create realistic wood materials in Enscape through using the albedo, tint, and bump maps settings.
Rhino Enscape tutorial: Best practices with textures and materials
In this tutorial, How to Rhino explains how best to prepare your models; how to organize your layers and apply materials within Enscape and Rhino. This video also dives into texture mapping and how to apply it to your entire model.
Enscape For Rhino: Lighting tutorial
In this video, Simply Design explains how to adjust both interior and exterior lighting in Enscape for Rhino. Simply Design takes you through Enscape’s Visual Settings where you can go to adjust brightness, shadows, cloud density and also talks about the use of sky boxes.
Real-time rendering with Vectorworks and Enscape
In this tutorial, Jonathan Reeves walks through Enscape for Vectorworks, showing the benefits of having a rendering tool that plugs in directly and syncs with your design tool. Jonathan also focuses on the new Enscape asset library that was rolled out with Enscape 2.8, and shows how easy it is to drop in objects, people, vegetation, etc. into your scenes.
Hero Image credit: Enscape Forum user Yuri Ismalova