Studio comes with a copy of the POV-Ray program and high-quality 3D models from LGEO.
Render with POV-Ray
- Click Render in the toolbar or use the menu entry File | Render image…
- Choose the POV-Ray tab
- Set the options
- Click the Render button to start the render, or click the Add to Queue button to use the Rendering Queue.
A. Render quality
You can choose between the three predefined sets of options or choose your own by selecting Custom.
- Use high-quality model: Selects whether you want to use the high-quality 3D models for the parts available in the LGEO library or use the default conversion from Studio/LDraw models. Higher quality means better-looking parts but longer computation time.
- Stud logo: Removing the LEGO logo can speed up the rendering.
- Shadow quality: Defines the accuracy and time spent to compute the shadows. Low quality means simple, harsh shadows.
- Max trace level: This technical parameter defines the maximum number of bounces calculated for each ray of light. You may want to increase this value when you have many transparent parts. A higher value means a longer computation time.
B. Floor color
Choose if you want a solid floor with a white sky or a totally transparent background.
The floor is real, flat ground, not a background. It will be right under the model. You will see the white sky and the horizon if you look at the model from the side.
The ground will disappear if you look at your design from underneath, so as not to hide it.
To change the current color:
- Click on the current color(a)
- The color dialog appears.
Studio can memorize your favorite colors (b).
To use a favorite color:
- Click on its patch.
To add a new favorite color:
- Click on the + button (c),
- A new patch of color appears in the current color.
To change a favorite color:
- Click on the patch to select it,
- Click on the patch again to open the color dialog.
C. Light setting
Studio offers a selection of light settings for POV-Ray.
When you choose a setting in the dropdown, the Preview will show where the light(s) will be placed.
- If you want your design to float above the floor, place a part lower and out of sight.
- If you want more options with POV-Ray, you can export your model to a POV-Ray file (.pov) from the file menu and start POV-Ray outside of Studio.