Thea for Rhino

Quick Start

1. INSTALLATION

Download the bundled installer from Thea for Rhino webpage. Run the installer and follow the instructions. The installer will copy the appropriate files to the Rhino plugin folder.

If the plugin does not load automatically, go to Tools > Options > Plugins and click on the Install… button. Navigate to the following folder and select the TheaForRhino.rhp file.

C:\Users\ [your-username] \Appdata\Roaming\McNeel\Rhinoceros\5.0\Plug-ins

2. THE INTERFACE

The first time that you open Rhino after installing and activating Thea for Rhino you will notice a few new things.

Thea Toolbar: All functions of Thea can be found here. From Starting & Stopping Interactive Rendering to the creation of new materials amongst others.

Thea Settings: In this Tab, you can find all the settings for Rendering, Environment and Camera Parameters.

3. START INTERACTIVE RENDERING

IN VIEWPORT

You can start rendering from any viewport just by clicking on the Start button (1st icon) from the Thea Toolbar. You can stop Interactive Rendering anytime by pressing the Stop button (2nd icon).

Saving the image that is currently rendering in the Viewport can be done by using the Save Image button (3rd icon).

IN DARKROOM

Start Thea Darkroom by clicking the corresponding icon in Thea Toolbar. With Darkroom open, make sure that you have Interactive Mode selected and click on the Play button at the bottom.

You may lock Interactive Rendering to a specific viewport by checking the Lock Viewport option. Working between different viewports will not force Darkroom to change views.

4. START PRODUCTION RENDERING

To start rendering in Production Mode, open Thea Darkroom, change to Production Mode and select an Engine from the list.

FINAL RESOLUTION & RENDER SETTINGS

To define the final resolution that will be used while rendering in Production Mode, go to the Camera Tab in the Thea Render settings window. You can either use the Sync with Rhino viewport button to grab the current viewport’s resolution or define one of your own.

By switching to the Rendering tab you will be able to change between Rendering Modes (Production, Interactive), select render engines and change any of the render settings.

5. CREATING NEW MATERIALS

THEA FOR RHINO AS THE CURRENT RENDERER
While rendering with Thea for Rhino does not require that it is the current renderer, it is important for all the dialogs that make use of custom Thea settings like: Light Properties, Thea Materials. Be sure to check out this article to learn more about it.

Materials can be created just like normal Rhino materials, through the Materials Tab. Click on the Plus icon in the Material Tab and from the Types window, select Thea Material.

To create a new material, you can either use a Material Preset, use on from the Material Browser or further edit it in the Material Lab.

6. ENVIRONMENT AND LIGHTS

PHYSICAL SKY

The Physical Sky can be turned on by clicking on the Sun/Sky icon in the Thea Toolbar. In the new window, click on the checkboxes of both Sun and Skylight.

IMAGE BASED LIGHTING

From the Environment Tab in Thea Render window, you can define the hdr or exr images to be used for Illumination, Background, Reflections and Refraction.

LIGHTS

You can use all Rhino’s lights along with Thea. With any light selected, you can go to the Properties window to access Thea specific settings like visibility, intensity and emission color.

7. VIDEO TUTORIALS

Be sure to check the following Getting Started tutorials that will guide you through the Interface and better understand Thea for Rhino.