Display modes

The display modes manage the appearance of viewports.

Display modes are fully customizable, from the background color to the geometry edge thicknesses.

These are the standard Display modes that Rhino and VisualARQ provide:

Display Wireframe


Sets the viewport display to unshaded wireframe.

Display Shaded


Sets the viewport to opaque shaded mode. Shaded mode uses a mesh to shade surfaces using the layer colors.

Display Rendered


Shades the viewport with a simulation of the rendered view.

Display Ghosted


Sets viewport display so surfaces are translucent.

Display Hidden


It is the display mode aimed to show architectural drawings. Uses real-time silhouettes, creases and borders. Objects behind other objects are occluded.

Hidden display mode is a kind of advanced Technical display mode. It works faster, object selection works only for visible edges, which makes the selection more convenient, and objects show all grip points when they are enabled (visible and occluded).

Display X-Ray


Shades with isoparametric curves not obscured by objects in front. All wireframe and point objects are displayed, even if they would normally be hidden by surfaces that are in front of them in the viewport.

Display Technical


Uses real-time silhouettes and intersections, creases, borders, blended shaded and rendered display. Objects behind other objects are occluded.

Display Artistic


Uses an image background and soft lines to create a pencil drawing effect.

Display Pen


Uses white with black lines to simulate a pen drawing.

Display Custom


Display modes can be imported, exported and customized by several parameters:

  • Lights
  • Shadows
  • Background (from image file, solid color, gradients 2 and 4 colors, transparent or using render settings).
  • Visibility options to show or hide isocurves, mesh wires, curves, lights, clipping planes, texts, annotations, points, pointclouds...
  • Object settings (for curves, surfaces, polysurfaces, meshes...): colors, edge thicknesses, isocurves...
  • Grid settings