Ever since I have been using AC25 my 3D views are distracting. What happening is that when viewed in 3D sides to the west are darker in color or black and the sides to the east show as bright surfaces (whatever color). I would like to know if there is a setting where all sides appear to be on the side where the sun is. The problem with shadows is that they create viewing issues. Some objects have a "no shadow" option but not everything like walls. Is there a generic setting that I can set or release to control shadows for all object?
Thanks to Ling and Ryejuan for your help. I did as indicated but only got some relief. I turned off the shadows which is nice but my "sun/lighting" issue still persists. When designing I would like to set the lighting as if the sun was shining from the east, west, north, south, and directly above all at the same time. That way when I orbit around the model the lighting of the model stays the same (sun behind the user shining toward the monitor at an azimuth of approx. 75 degrees). That is, while rotating the model the sun does not rotate with it.
Without global illumination, etc. the the 3D window in Archicad makes surfaces look dark in shade or shadow. About a decade ago, I would compensate for that by adding Emission to the OpenGL Surface recipes. Of course, that meant adjusting the Ambient, Diffuse, Shininess, and Specular colors and intensity to compensate and avoid hotspots and overexposure when in direct sunlight. The goal was to make each surface look good in every situation, indoors or outside. Depending on the textures and base surface color, the settings had to be balanced for each surface through trial and error. These became the US default surfaces for a few years, and I have continued to refine and add to these in my own template which has 172 of them.
Here are few images from a pitch I made to Graphisoft comparing their concrete, stucco, and ceiling tile, with mine, with shadows, and without.
The next screenshot shows the settings for surface index 1, for example, and my surface test object in the 3D window behind the dialog that displays all the surfaces in model.
Ransom Ratcliff RATCLIFF CONSULTING LLC Charrette Venture Group ArchiCAD 4.55 - 26 Autodesk Certified Professional in Revit macOS + Windows
Awesome work! If there was no available real rendering now I would also do this kind of thing with the materials within Archicad but should also take into account that the material editor in Archicad for the 3d window and the cinerender got very different settings.
In the end what is your Objective? ArchiCAD 9 onwards
You can also set the location of the sun for each view. That way you can have sun on the north elevation, which is not possible in the northern hemisphere. So you cheat on the sun but it gives a better 3D look
Ransom is correct. I am using the American version and the ambient is set to 100% by default and reducing the amount of sunlight only makes the surfaces darker. His picture of the squares and spheres is exactly what I want but I was hoping for a simpler solution. I don't want to have to set things up for each and every surface but rather have a switch/setting that would change the lighting globally. That is, when activated all surfaces show with the same brightness and when deactivated the 3D view reverts back to proper rendering. I think I am going to have to live with the options available today and hope that maybe the software developers can add the feature I am looking for in a future version of AC.