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BakeRender Plug-in

Summary: A free plug-in to bake textures with BakeAIR directly from Rhino 4

What is BakeRender ?

BakeRender is a user interface for Rhino Version 4.0 that automatically creates baking ready *.rib (RenderMan Interface Bytestream) files with the help of RhinoAIR and the AIR Rendering engine from SiTex Graphics. Generated rib files are passed to BakeAIR for texture and lightning baker for baking.

Resulting (baked) textures are assigned to their geometry in Rhino. They can be viewed in realtime using the BakeRender display mode which is provided with this plug-in. Scenes baked with BakeRender can be used for realtime presentations, (faster) re-rendering with AIR and other renderers which support textures assigned through Rhino's standard material assignment dialogs.

Any scene (with materials) which can be rendered with AIR from within Rhino 4 and the RhinoAIR plug-in can be used for baking with this toolset.


  • Easy baking and mapping
  • Bake surfaces, polysurfaces, and meshes
  • Multiple object baking
  • Bake individual channels (rgb, diffuse, transparency, shadows, bump….)
  • Automatic map resolution calculation
  • Automatic map naming
  • Automatic map assignment
  • Settings saved per scene
  • Individual settings for baking and rendering
  • Additional commands to handle multiple maps


To install and use the BakeRender toolset, the following applications are required:

  • Rhinoceros 4.0 SR4 (does not work with Rhino 5)
  • AIR 7
  • RhinoAIR plug-in V1.04
  • BakeAIR 7.0
  • Internet Explorer 6 or higher


The BakeRender toolset and documentation are protected under International Copyright Laws. Distribution by any means without express written consent of the author is forbidden. This software is provided As Is. The author accepts no liability or responsibility for damages in any form, regardless of cause. By using this software, you agree to the terms stated here and within the accompanying documentation.

Download display mode only (Required to view the examples below)

Download plug-in (version 2.03 / documentation and display mode included)


1. Extract the contents of the file anywhere. Make sure to preserve the folder structure.

2. Open Rhino, drag the extracted BakeRender.rhp plug-in file over the Rhino window to register it.

3. Load the extracted BakeRenderV2.tb workspace by choosing:

Tools / ToolbarLayout / Files / Open

4. Load the extracted BakeRender.ini display mode in Rhino by choosing:

Rhino Options / Appearance / Advanced Settings / Import

5. Add a new file search path in Rhino which points to your extracted BakeRender V2 folder by choosing:

Rhino Options / Files / Search path/ File search paths

The BakeRender tools are now installed and are ready to use. A help document named help.htm is included with the downloadable archive. You can also open the helpfile by right-clicking on the BakeRender button in the toolbar. Or you can access it from the opened user interface by clicking on the help button.

If you're starting now with the BakeRender toolset, look at the Quickstart section in the helpfile.


Info: Scenes shown below are baked with BakeAir by SiTex Graphics. The AIR renderer was used to setup and preview materials and lightning. Note that you need Rhino 4 to preview these examples as Rhino 5 uses a new mesher which does rebuild the render meshes and therefore destroys the texture mapping information.

Parts of the first BakeRender scene, created in 2005. It used 510 textures (one per surface) reduced to 66 maps (one per object) by using Rhino's packed texture coordinates for Polysurfaces. A default gamma of 1.0 was used for baking to export the final scene into a famous game editor. Most of the materials are free darktree shaders. Click on the image for a larger version.


A simple scene of a Northbridge fan adapter with high resolution textures. Lightning of one arealight and ambient occlusion has been baked into textures and can be viewed in Rhino`s realtime display. Click on the image for a larger version.


The famous cornell box scene baked with indirect light and one arealight. Click on the image for a larger version.


Architectural example scene with 300 baked textures. Ambient occlusion and the light of several arealights together with procedural darktree shaders have been baked. Click on the image for a larger version.


Example scenes

The scenes shown above can be downloaded with their textures to be viewed inside Rhino 4. To view the examples scenes properly, please download and install the display mode for Rhino 4 first!

Download Barrel example (packed WinRar file, 8.7M)
Download Fanholder example (packed WinRar file, 3.5M)
Download Cornell box example (packed WinRar file, 2.7M)
Download Villa example (packed WinRar file, 22.1M)

Note: You cannot view these scenes without installing the BakeRender display mode. Rhino 4 is required, do not attempt to view the examples with Rhino 5.

The BakeRender toolset and documentation is ©(Copyright) 2005-2009 Clement Greiner CG3D. All rights reserved.

AIR, BakeAIR, the RhinoAir plug-in for Rhinoceros® and the Visual Shading and Lightning Tool Kit software and documentation are Copyright (2000.2008) SiTex Graphics, Inc. All rights reserved.

Rhinoceros® (Rhino) is Copyright 1993-2008 Robert McNeel & Associates. All rights reserved.

The RenderMan® Interface Procedures and RIB Protocoll are Copyright 1988, 1989, Pixar. All rights reserved.

RenderMan® is a registered trademark of Pixar.

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rhino/bakerender.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/14 (external edit)