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How can the current viewport view be rendered as a preview?

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Quickly Previewing the Current View

If you don't need to save the image file but you want a very fast way of previewing the render, position the viewport how you like it and hit ShiftZ. Hit the key combination again to leave the view.

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Note: this will not use any compositing you may have. – Garrett Apr 6 '14 at 0:12
Note: this shortcut was added in 2.69. For older versions you can setup this shortcut manually. – sambler Apr 6 '14 at 7:51

Rendering the Current View

The easiest way to do this is this:

  1. Set the camera's view to your current viewport's view:
    CTRLALTNumpad 0

  2. Then render the image with one of these methods:

    • Info header -> Render -> Render Image

    • Object Properties window -> Render tab -> Render section -> click the Render button

You can read more about rendering in Blender here on the Blender Wiki.

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Useful for doing an actual render, but the purpose of this question was to make people aware of Shift + Z to preview render the current view. – Keavon Apr 6 '14 at 0:01
Oh, I didn't realize you only wanted to talk about the Rendered View mode for the 3D Viewport. – Thom Blair III Apr 6 '14 at 0:05
It's a useful answer if people are looking to do a real render so you may want to label the answer as such and keep it. – Keavon Apr 6 '14 at 0:06
If you don't want the camera to permanently move to your current view, make sure to keyframe it first. – Garrett Apr 6 '14 at 0:12
Or make another temporary camera. Or just use Ctrl + Z after rendering to undo it. Not to be confused with Shift + Z, the other solution. – Keavon Apr 6 '14 at 6:30

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