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The stated goal for Bluerender is that it would be an easy-to-use and very fast way to create quality images of your LDD models, and that 95% of the users should be happy with the results when they just run the program with the default settings.

After using it a few times, you may want to learn how to customize the rendering of your model but that will be the subject of other articles.

PrerequisitesEdit

The following software must be installed on your system for Bluerender to work.

InstallationEdit

There is no installation program for Bluerender.  Go to the first post on the forum page to find the link to the latest version and download the ZIP file.  Then unzip the ZIP file into a directory of your choice.

Rendering Your First ModelEdit

Before you start, you should be aware that Bluerender will render your model using the same view and perspective you last saved it in LDD. You may want to re-edit your LDD file and ensure the view is what you want first.

For Windows users, click on the bluerender.bat file to start Bluerender. You will see a command window pop up and then a GUI window. The command window will contain some log messages that you can generally just ignore. The GUI window will look something like this.

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To begin with you really only have to use the Browse button to specify your input LXF file produced by LDD. The output file will default to a file in the same directory and the program will use the default scene file (which determines how the image is rendered) from the Bluerender directory.
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Finally, press the Render button to start the rendering process. The command window will log the initial scanning of your LXF file and once the rendering begins a new preview window will pop up to display your model as it is being rendered.

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That's pretty much it! Consult other topics in this wiki to learn how to customize the way your image is rendered.

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