Bonds (visual element)

This visual element renders bonds between pairs of particles. Bonds can either be loaded from the import data file, or they can be created within OVITO, e.g. using the Create bonds modifier.


Shading mode

Switches between a three-dimensional display mode, where bonds are rendered as cylinders, and a flat representation, where bonds are rendered as lines.

Rendering quality

This parameter controls the method used to render the bonds. The following modes are available and affect only the rendering of cylindrical bonds:


Bonds are rendered as faceted cylinders.


Same as Low quality.


Bonds are rendered as perfectly round cylinders using a ray-casting algorithm implemented in a OpenGL fragment shader.

Bond width

Controls the display width of bonds (both cylinders and lines).

Bond color

The rendering color of bonds. This color parameter is only used if Use particle colors is not selected.

Use particle colors

If selected, bonds are rendered in the same colors as the particles they connect.