Did You Know? PTC Creo 3.0 Enhancements: Graphical Realism – HDR Images

The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.—Lois Wyse

You’re proud of your designs. So when you put them in front of colleagues, management, customers, and other stakeholders, you should give them the full effect. Touchable finishes, rich colors, alluring lights and reflections, and even some background scenery help engage your audience and sell your vision.

In the past, you could only produce this level of graphical performance with advanced rendering tools. But now you can get the “look” with PTC Creo 3.0. PTC Value-Added Reseller EAC Product Development Solutions provides a clear introduction in the video below.

Among the long list of new options for better displays in the software are tools for visualizing and manipulating HDR (high dynamic range) environments for your model. The HDR image is used for the background, lighting, and reflections on your model. Here’s how it works:

To see high-quality and realistic reflections, click View > Shade with Reflections.

To use an HDR image, follow these steps:

  1. Click Render > Scene > Lights > Environment.
  2. In the Open dialog, select from available scenes (see image below), and then click Open. The system then updates the reflections and lighting to match the environment you choose.

Choosing HDR environments

  1. Now add the HDR image as a background, click the Perspective View tab (see image below). Note that as you rotate your model, the HDR will move accordingly. You can also use sliders to manipulate the background position, lighting intensity, etc.

Ready to start selling your designs to the organization and beyond with more realistic finishes, lighting, and scenery?

Find out more about manipulating HDR images in Tom McKeown’s recent Did You Know post on our community forums. And seek out his other posts for more graphical realism options now available with PTC Creo 3.0. You can also learn more in this video tutorial on PTC University Learning Exchange.

Note that you may need to create a PTC University Learning Exchange account if you don’t already have one. The good news is that it’s free and after creating your new login, you’ll find hundreds and hundreds more in-depth demonstrations and tutorials for PTC products.