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ArchiCAD Tip - Sketch Rendering

'Sketch Rendering' is a very useful and popular feature, which is built on standard Photorendering processes within ArchiCAD.
It is possible to visualise a design/model in a non-photorealistic mode, similar to hand-drawn sketches.

Sketch Rendering creates an image (e.g. JPG, TIF etc) that can be (i) emailed directly to a client, (ii) included in a PowerPoint presentation (iii) placed on an ArchiCAD Layout As with any rendering in ArchiCAD, the more developed/accurate the model, the better the rendering will look.

To setup the Sketch Render to produce an appropriate 'look-and-feel' requires changes to the default settings.
The default settings can look slightly unusual, so understanding the impact of changing the Sketch Render settings allows the user more freedom to tailor/manipulate the render to suit their own preferred sketch style

Sketch Render settings can be modified at the following pulldown menu: Document > Creative Imaging > Photorendering Settings

Using any of the Preset Sketch Styles can yield render results that are not expected or appropriate, typically the sketch lines are too thick or the extensions lines are too imposing.
This is where understanding the sketch settings is extremely important.

A PDF (found here) shows a number of variations of Sketch Render settings, some are very good, some are not good (and so should be avoided)
The specific settings of each rendered image are shown also, and this display of settings is the key to this tip, allowing you to see where specific parameters control the render.

Further information on Photorendering can be found in the ArchiCAD Help menu, in Contents > Visualization > PhotoRendering.
Further information on Sketch Rendering can be found in the ArchiCAD Help menu, in Contents > User Interface Reference > Dialog Boxes > PhotoRendering Settings > Sketch Rendering Engine and also online at