Previewing with textures and lighting

Hi, I was wondering, is it possible to do a low-res preview in Blender without hitting F12 and waiting a loooong time to see how it comes out? I specifically want to see how things like textures and lighting affect the render. My apologies if someone has already asked this question or it’s so simple I’m dumb. Thanks!

no there isn’t right now… of course you can do a test render at 50% or something… there’s buttons for that in the renderpanel

turn osa off
if using ao set the samples down to 1,2 or 3 and distance as low as 1

your color balance should be really close to correct if you do this, you just won’t have the shine of a final render…

and of course rendering at something smaller than 100% is quicker

Caronte has a Test Build in the Test Builds forum on with Progressive Rendering.