You can create a real-time rendering to display a Revit model using the Realistic visual style, or you can create a photorealistic image of the model using the Rendering tool. The following images illustrate these rendering types.
The Realistic visual style instantly displays realistic material appearances in the model view. With the shadow and depth settings applied, you can rotate the model to display its surfaces as they would appear in different lighting situations. See .
In order to display materials using the Realistic visual style, the Use Hardware Acceleration (Direct3D®) option is turned on by default. When you start Revit, if your computer's video card and driver have not been tested with Revit, or if they do not meet minimum requirements, a warning displays that describes the issue. The warning has a hyperlink to an Autodesk website that lists the tested video cards and drivers.
Because materials can only render with hardware acceleration, if Hardware Acceleration is turned off, the Realistic visual style will look the same as the Shaded visual style. Click OptionsGraphics tabUse Hardware Acceleration (Direct3D®) to access the hardware acceleration setting.