SolidWorks has a comprehensive library of materials and appearances which can be used to create great renders. However, did you know SolidWorks Visualize has its own libraries which enable you to create photorealistic content for web and print?
To access these great additional features, navigate to the File Libraries tab on the Palette. From there you can access a variety of appearances, environments, textures and much more. From here, you can also toggle between the Local and Cloud visualize libraries to gain full access to everything Visualize has to offer.
SolidWorks Visualize also makes it very easy to customise your appearances exactly how you would like them to be displayed. Users can control all aspects of their appearances through the intuitive user interface through the use of simple slide bars and buttons, from subtle changes in colour to inserting your own bespoke bump and alpha channels.
There are also free online tools you can use to get the most out of your Visualize appearances by creating custom maps, however these are not supported by neither Cadtek Systems nor SolidWorks. Such sites include:
- https://cpetry.github.io/ – For Mapping and Textures
- https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-texture-tools-adobe-photoshop – A collection of tools developed by Nvidia
Cabinet contents with SolidWorks Appearances
Cabinet contents with Visualize Appearances
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