SOLIDWORKS Visualize Training

Learn how to create photorealistic renderings & animations

Training Course Contents

In the SOLIDWORKS Visualize training course you will learn how to work with 3D CAD models to create unique photorealistic renderings for electronic and paper output.

The course is designed around a process or task based approach to training rather than focusing on individual features and functions. Case studies are used to illustrate processes, allowing you to learn the necessary commands and work flows to setup, manage and complete any rendering task.

Course Info at a glance

In-class 2 Day course (6 hours/day)

Or Online 3 Days (4 hours/day)

Intermediate/Advanced Level

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Examples of images created with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Rendering

Requirements & Benefits


Completed the SOLIDWORKS Essentials

At least 1 month using the software

A working knowledge of Photography

Features Targeted

Applying and managing appearances

Scenes, Lights and Cameras

Texture Mapping and Decals

Skills you will acquire

Able to set up scenes & render

Able to create basic animations

Apply camera and lighting effects

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Training Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: Photorealistic Rendering Concepts

  • The history of Product Visualization Tools
  • What is Photorealistic Rendering
  • Right Brain vs Left Brain
  • How IRay Engine and Visualize Core Works
  • The Importance of Using Certified Graphics Card
  • Intro to the UI/Basic Workflow
  • Normal Mode

Lesson 2: Visualization and Modes

  • The typical Visualization Process
  • What makes a Quality Render
    • Refraction
    • Reflectivity
    • Irradiance
    • Anti-Aliasing
  • Case Study

Lesson 3: Materials and Scenes

  • Introduction to Applying and Managing Appearances
  • Introduction to Applying and Managing Scenes
    • Scenery Selection
    • Scene World Library
    • Using Plates
  • Creating Custom Materials (Library Customization)
  • Case Study

Lesson 4: Object Manipulation

  • Translation of Objects
  • Pivoting
  • Scaling
  • Part Groups
  • Advanced Modeling Features
    • Model Sets
      • Multi View Port Comparison
      • Attaching Cameras
    • Configurations
    • Multiple Viewports (Dual, Quad, Orthographic)
    • Part Splitting
  • Case Study

Lesson 5: Cameras in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

  • Creating Cameras
    • Standard Lens
    • Depth of Field
    • Setting the Depth of Field
  • Named Views
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Mulit-Viewports
  • Camera Movement
  • Post Processing Options
  • Bloom
  • Motion Blur
  • Camera Optics
    • Real-Time Customizable Photographic camera filters
    • Follow and aim cameras and objects
    • Real world camera positioning
    • Region Rendering
    • FBX Camera Export
  • Case Study

Lesson 6: Working with Texture Mapping and Decals

  • Several Workflows for Applying Appearances (World Library)
  • Texture Mapping
    • Colour
    • Specular
    • Anisotropic
    • Bump
    • Mapping Modes
  • Appearance Stacking
  • Decal Mapping
    • What are Decals
    • Alpha Channels
    • Multiple Decals
    • Applying Masks
  • Case Study

Lesson 7: Lighting

  • Lighting Concepts and Methods
  • Scene and Environment Lighting
  • Object Lighting
  • Caustics
  • Bloom
  • Advanced Lighting
    • Baked Lighting
    • Time of Day (sun and Sky) lighting
    • Photometric Lights (Point, Spot, directional)
    • Raster Object Reflections (Preview Mode)
    • Raster Culling (Preview Mode)
  • Case Study

Lesson 8: Fundamentals of Animation

  • Basic Animation
  • Sun Studies
  • Turntable Case Study
  • Basic Motion Case Study
  • Timeline Overview
  • Using the Ribbon
  • Rotation Animation and Motion Blur
  • Case Study

Lesson 9: Output Options

  • CPU/GPU/Hybrid
  • Output Design Intent
  • Snapshot
  • Output Modes
  • Resolution
  • Quality Setting
  • Preview Renderings
  • Advanced output options
    • Render All Cameras
    • Render Passes
    • VR and Panorama
    • Queue Rendering


"Learning about the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Rendering should greatly improve the speed and quality of work that I will output"

— Daniel Miller, CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

"Amazing tool to augment our product development and marketing."

— Gary Pasternak, LUR Studio

"The instructor knows the product inside and out, he is close to the development team that he can almost solve problems in real-time."

— Chris Armour, Tigercat

How to take the course

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

LIVE Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
  • The same instructor led classroom experience but delivered online
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Classes

Choose a SOLIDWORKS Visualize training class from the list below

Start Date Duration Training Location
Thursday, April 27, 2017 2 Day (6 hour/day) Oakville, ON. Get a Quote
Monday, May 29, 2017 3 Day (4 hour/day) Online Get a Quote