SolidWorks Quick Rendering and Shadowing

Creating quick renderings without wasting time waiting for the model to load is a balancing act. Renderings usually take some time as the SolidWorks models updates its appearance. At Perception Engineering, we take render screen shots for quick customer reports but without shadows. The lighting effect of shadows by the models are not something we are generally interested in when developing reports for customers.

There are two main options that can be used for Renderings. These options are PhotoView 360 and Visualize. PhotoView 360 is built into SolidWorks and can be used to make quick renders from within the program. Visualize is a standalone program that can be used to make professional quality renderings. PhotoView 360 is the best option when there are a lot of changes yet to be made to your model or you don’t need the highest of quality. Visualize is the best option when your model is done or has very few changes to be made, or you need professional grade renderings for consumer viewing. Between the two options, PhotoView 360 is the fastest option, as it is built into the SolidWorks program.

Before the Render Tools are accessible, enable the PhotoView 360 in SOLIDWORKS Add-Ins. To generate a quick render, click:

  1. Render Region

  2. Integrated Preview

Quick Render Photo 1.png

Often the render will generate a shadow which gives the report a bad look.  To remove the shadows in SolidWorks quick render, enable shadows in the view settings (I know, this sounds contradictive).


While in the Render Tools interface, click on Edit Scene and deselect Floor shadows in the Basic properties tab.

Quick Render Photo 2.png

I hope this helps with creating appealing images. Please let me know of any issues or more advanced render questions that you may have. Thanks for reading!


Brenden DeVries

Engineering Co-op at Perception Engineering

Brenden DeVries