The Studioarea

) the dimensioning lines
can be hidden and shown again when you need them.

Basics of the “SETUP” module

In the module “SETUP” the creative work happens. In this central
work area you can build setups and work and experiment with

Flexible user interface

Customize the areas of the user interface to your needs.

1.-2. Move the areas
3. Exchange the studio and camera area ()
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4. Show/Hide the studio library (incl. timeline) ()
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5. Show/Hide detail settings ()
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Light calculation

In the studio area
There is no real light calculation in the studio area. To build the
lighting set, a rough setting light is shown here together with shadows
and reflections.

Preview camera
This is where a preview light calculation takes place (including
shadows, reflections, etc.) to give you direct control over your
created light set.

Rendering of the result
The final real light calculation, including any reflections and influencing
factors, takes place during the rendering of the result in
the Module “VIEW”.

The studio area

The virtual studio area lets you quickly and easily create your
lighting set. The simulated studio area forms your workspace. It
can be individually composed and edited at any time. It is located
in the middle of the user interface and is the biggest area in the
programme. The position and settings of all the elements placed
here can be changed just like in a real studio. You’ll find everything
that can be placed in the studio area in the studio library.

Note: Please set the room size and the colors in set.a.light 3D
according to your real-life studio. Otherwise the light calculation
will not correspond to the desired result (example: back

Editing the studio room
To edit the studio, simply click on an empty point in the virtual studio
(e.g. a wall) or select the room in the set list. You can now edit
the dimensions and colors of the studio in the detailed settings on
the left side of the user interface.

Saving your own studio as a room preset
You can add and save an edited room as a room template at any

1. Click on the button ” Save as template “.
2. Name the template and click “add”.
3. You will now find your preset room in the room Presets.

Save studio templates (start scenes)
With the studio templates you have the possibility to create as
many start scenes as you want, from which you can choose directly
at the start of set.a.light 3D. The entire studio (room + entire
setup + content) is saved in the studio template.

1. Create or open the setup you want to create as a template.
2. Click on “Manage studio templates” in the menu bar.
3. Name the template and click “Add”.
4. You can now find your studio template as start scene at every
start of set.a.light 3D in the start screen in the “Studio templates”


The toolbar in the studio area

The toolbar contains various tools and customization options
for the studio area and is located above the

Studio Mode

If the studio mode is active, you can work normally in the studio.

The Dimensioning Mode

If the dimension mode is activated, measurements can be made
in the studio area.

There are two ways of dimensioning:

1. Dimensioning between 2 Objects (e.g. flash head – flash head,
flash head – model) – Click on the object where the dimensioning
should start and draw the dimension line with holding the
mouse button pressed down to the object where the dimension
should end. The line automatically locks in the middle of the

2. Dimensioning between an Object and any Point in Space
Click on an object and draw the dimension line with the mouse
button held down and the Alt key pressed to the point where
the dimension should end. Releasing the mouse button creates
the endpoint (pin needle ).

Show dimension lines

By using the dimensioning tool the view is automatically activated
(). By clicking on the icon again () the dimensioning lines
can be hidden and shown again when you need them.

Der Studiolicht-Dimmer

The studio light dimmer is at the top left of the studio area. It
allows the studio area to be brightened or darkened. The studio
light has no influence on the shot and only serves as an aid when
working in the program.

Show Studio Grid

Activating the Grid button displays a grid in the studio area. The
grid is divided into meter units and can be used for orientation. If
you move an object in the studio with activated Grid, so lengths
are displayed as a positioning aid.This makes it easier to maintain
an overview and to build up settings purposefully in the real studio,
as well as to transfer a real light set from the real studio to the
software for documentation.

TIP: The unit of measurement can be defined in the menu bar
under “Settings” (Metric / Imperial / Yard).


You can move freely around the studio area with the help of the
3D navigation. This is located at bottom right in the corner of the
studio area.

Trackball – You can rotate your view in the studio by
holding down the left mouse button.

TIP: Alternatively, you can also rotate your view in the
studio while holding down the right mouse button.

Orbit Mode – With Orbit mode activated, you can rotate
the view around the shoot area using the trackball. If
Orbit mode is inactive, you will rotate around your own

Note: This function is active by default.

Move view – By holding down the left mouse button, you
can move the studio view up, down left or right.

TIP: Alternatively, you can also move the view while
holding down the “space bar” and dragging while holding
down the left mouse button.

Zoom magnifying glass – You can zoom in and out of
the view using the magnifying glass.

Reset view – Click on this button to return to the default
view from the front.