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Tutorials and Examples

ORTEX for Windows Single Crystal Suite by Patrick McArdle

Basic run through of creating a Photorealistically rendered Cell Pack image

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ORTEX can take any Shelx file and create very nice rastered, photorealistic images. In this example, we will be using the example tio2.ins file that comes with the ORTEX distribution to create a Cell Pack, photorealistically rendered image.

In the ORTEX directory, run Oscail to bring up the following starting Window.

Oscail Starting Screen

Click on the J (Job name) Icon and change the name of the jobname to tio2. If not in the \ortex directory where the Tio2.ins file is located, click on the change directory icon and enter this directory.

Changing the Job Name

Select the Run Job Icon which brings up the main control menu in the ORTEX Suite.

Run Job Menu

Select ORTEX and press OK to bring up the ORTEX graphics. If queried, select defaults

Ortex Graphics

Select the Top Left Atom Mode Icon, then click on the Lattice Pack Icon to bring up the following "Pac Con" menu.

Pac Con Menu

Customise pack settings.

Press OK or go for the custom settings.

Atoms generated using Lattice pack

Select the Top Left Start Stick Mode Icon, and then select Exit from the top menu bar to get back to Oscail

Back to Oscail main menu

Select the Run Job Icon and select the File for Render. As you have done a cell pack, this will bring up the Use ORTEX Output as Input prompt. Select Yes for this otherwise it will only use the asymmetic unit atoms.

Prompt to use ORTEX Output as Input

In the File for Render menu

Select the options that appeal to you (Cell outline, atom type, image size, Shadows, etc)

In the File for Render menu

Press OK and the image will be rendered as a TIF file (this may take a while as it is computationally expensive). If you have setup LVIEW or PaintShopPro correctly, this TIF file will be automatically displayed. Otherwise, find the TIF file using Windows Explorer and open it in your favourite image viewer.

Rendered output

If the image does not come out as expected, go back into Raster or ORTEX and modify until the desired results are obtained.

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