This is the 3rd in a 3-part series of tips regarding LEGO Digitial Designer. If you’ve ever built something really good on LDD, you’ve wanted to take a nice picture of it. But, the screenshot tool on LDD (ctrl+K) is pretty poor: though it removes the grid, the quality of the bricks stays the same and looks rigid and unrealistic. It turns out, you can easily render your LDD creation to make it look real and clean! Here’s how.
You’ve probably heard of POV-Ray when it comes to rendering LDD files. You may also know that POV-Ray can be very difficult to install and run on your computer. Don’t worry: there’s an alternative. It’s Bluerender! Bluerender is free, fast, light, and easy.
This program was originally made by msx80, and was originally posted on the Eurobricks forum. You can download the file directly by clicking this link:
or, you can visit the forum thread and find the link there:
The download is a compressed ZIP folder. Extract that folder anywhere you want.
(1) You’ll need to open up your creation in LDD. (2) Position it exactly how you want it, and adjust the camera angle as needed. The position the model is in will be the same as when it is rendered.
(3) Once you have it the way you want, save it. (4) Close LDD, and open the Blurender program (it’s a batch file). It will open a command prompt window; just ignore that. (5) Browse for the Input File (LXF). When you select your creation, the output file will automatically be the same place where the LDD file is, with the same name as your creation with ‘.lxf’ added to it. You can change the output name and location if you want. (6) Click the ‘Parameters’ tab at the top, where you’ll find resolution and coloring options. The resolution is in pixels: the higher the pixels, the higher quality the image will be; however, it will take longer. You can pick any color you want for the background; it’s usually a good idea to have the Ground Pane Color the same as the Background Color. (7) Go back to the ‘Files’ tab and hit ‘Render’. A new window will pop up showing you the rendering progress. Tadaa!
As you can see, the quality is so much better than that of LDD. Lighting and shadows play huge parts in this. Be sure to wait until the image is completely finished before you close the program.
It’s easy to see the practical application of this trick. You can show off your LDD creations a lot better than before, as this program makes them look realistic and clear. Enjoy!
Building Technique by Brickster_Tim