Render Figures Artistically

PyMOL boasts an internal ray caster for ray tracing, a graphics technique that enhances shadows and smooths jagged edges to render high-resolution 3-D images.  

The images below illustrate the striking difference between a conventional, non-ray-traced image and a ray-traced image created using PyMOL. The ray-traced image showcases smoother sticks, better surface reflection, and a smoother surface boundary.

Conventional Image

PyMOL image with ray tracing










Easy Generation of Publication-Quality Images

A PyMOL-generated image on
the cover of Nature


With one simple command, users can create custom-­sized and custom-­resolution images in PyMOL. Click here to browse the PyMOLWiki Cover Gallery of publication-quality images that have been generated using PyMOL.