How to render faster in revit

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How to render faster in revit
Rendering in Revit can result in photorealistic images of a three-dimensional model. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Autodesk Revit Architecture is a valuable 3D modelling program that includes a realistic rendering feature. Rendering is a long process that can take up to five hours when you select the highest or "best" level of rendering in Revit. There are a few simple ways to make rendering go quicker. Some of these are included in the software itself, while other tips work in reference to the actual computer on which you're running Revit.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture (any year)

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    Speeding Up Your Computer

  1. 1

    Check to see that Revit is the only program running. Do this by pressing "CTRL + ALT + Delete" on your computer and opening the Task Manager.

  2. 2

    Close any programs or processes that are using a large amount of RAM to run. This will greatly speed up Revit. The amount of RAM that a program or process is using is listed right next to the name of the program or process.

  3. 3

    Check to see that your computer does not have any large programs running at Startup. View these by clicking "Start," and then "Programs," and then "Control Panel."

  4. 4

    Click "Change Startup Programs" while in the Control Panel and close any large programs that may automatically begin when your computer starts up. Your computer may require you to restart after changing Startup programs.

    Speeding Up Revit

  1. 1

    Select "Draft" under the Quality tab in Revit before rendering. This will render the image at much lower quality and thus speed up rendering significantly.

  2. 2

    Select "For Screen" instead of "For Printer" under the Quality tab in Revit. This will render the image for a smaller media, which means fewer pixels in the image. This in turn makes for much quicker rendering.

  3. 3

    Close all view windows while in Revit. These can be seen by simply minimising your current view. Click the standard close button in the top right-hand corner of all views except the one to be rendered.

  4. 4

    Select "No Background" under the Quality tab in Revit. If you exclude a background, the rendered image will appear much quicker because the program does not have to process excess images such as sky or clouds.

Tips and warnings

  • Always save the view you are going to render for future reference within your Revit project.

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