A Quick Introduction to Creo Render Studio

Written by: Katelyn Stevens

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Creo Render Studio compiles model appearances, scenes, lighting, and more to help you create striking rendered images. A rendered image shows how an environment reflects onto a surface, revealing design flaws or confirming design objectives.

From the rendered image, you can also see how a modeled object would look in a real-world setting, with realistic lighting, shadowing, and surroundings.

In a recent presentation, PTC University’s Curriculum Manager, Matt Huybrecht offered these five insights for getting the most from Creo Render Studio:


1. Explore Photorealistic Images

Photorealistic rendering is the process of making a digital image look just like a real photo. You can use Creo Render Studio to produce these images for situations such as

  • Design review
  • Marketing collateral
  • Product packaging
  • Consumer testing

Photorealistic rendering allows you to adjust various visual aspects of your model to improve its appearance and enhance details for better viewing by your employees and customers.

And if you have to update your model? They update as you work. You can even move them in space to view the effects of your rendering from different angles.

2. Get to Know the Appearance Gallery


Initially, any new model is assigned a grayish, solid appearance by default. But with the appearance palette in Creo Render Studio, you can set a new appearance for an entire model, surface, or component in an assembly.

The appearance gallery contains a list of user-defined appearances that a company typically creates and distributes as its standards. Your company-specific appearance gallery is usually loaded automatically when you launch Creo Parametric.

Appearances within Creo typically revolve around three main tasks: managing appearances, creating and editing appearances, and applying and clearing appearances

3. Make A Scene (with the Scene Gallery)


In Creo, a scene file is a collection of render settings applied to a model. These settings include lights, background, and environment effects.

When you activate a scene from the Scene Gallery, the scene settings are applied to the model in the graphics window. You can create new scenes, retrieve and update scenes, edit scenes, and save a scene with the model.

In addition to appearances, engineers must be able to simulate real-world environments using render scenes and environment settings. Creo Render Studio provides default render scenes that are easily selected, applied, and edited.

Using default HDRI render themes and lighting presets, users can quickly render high-quality images.

The default scenes are easily edited by selecting the environment, lights, and background tabs from the Scene Editor dialog box.

To create new environments, additional HDR image files can be added to the default graphic library.

4. Render in Real Time


When you enter into real-time rendering, the system continually refines the image to improve its quality. When you spin, pan, or zoom the model, the system starts over again and continually refines the image.

Therefore, there is no definitive answer for how long it takes to render the scene to your satisfaction for purposes of render output. It depends on your machine and settings.

However, as the scene quality continually improves, you will reach a point of diminishing returns where you won’t notice the quality improvement with your eye. It is ultimately up to you to decide when the image quality is good enough for rendering output.

5. Capture Your Output


You can save an image to a file while you are rendering. To do so,

  1. Ensure that the Real-Time Rendering option is active.
  2. On the Render Studio tab, click Screenshot.
  3. Name the screenshot in the screenshot dialog box, select a file path if desired (the working directory is default), and click Save.


A screenshot of the rendered model is saved in the PNG format. Alternatively, you can click File > Save As > Save a Copy to save a file in the PNG or the TIFF format.

If you want to save the image with a different resolution or different output format, click Render, instead of Screenshot, to save the Rendered output to File. Name the rendered image and specify the file path. Then select one of the following formats for the rendered output: JPEG, TIFF, or PNG.

Session follow up from Matt Huybrecht


In the session on real-time rendering, a participant asked a question about whether liquid was an appearance type available in Creo. Answer: There is a Liquid.dmt appearance type under the Misc appearance library.

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About the Author

Katelyn Stevens

Katelyn Stevens, Senior Content Marketing Specialist, has worked for PTC University since 2007. A graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, she has her bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a concentration in Linguistics. Katelyn worked as a professional editor and manager for more than 10 years before switching over to content marketing. She is a regular contributor to the PTC University blog spot and writes in depth interviews and articles on emerging technologies in the education space. In addition, she manages PTC University’s social media platforms and creates original content as a thought leader in the industry. Katelyn currently resides on the south shore of Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and golden retriever.