Video Guide - Photo Viewer and Lighting Diagram Export


Quick Guide: Photo Viewer and Lighting Diagram Export

This video provides you with a quick overview regarding the most important new features and their usage.

- Using the Photo Viewer

- Lighting Diagram Export: Customize the design templates and export as JPG and PDF

On our Blog you can find many more Video Quick Tips to set.a.light 3D.

The new Photo Viewer:

Enter the Photo Viewer mode by either double-clicking a timeline picture or the "Photo Viewer" button. There must be at least one picture on the timeline in order to switch to Photo Viewer.

The Photo Viewer enables you to look through all pictures you've taken. Use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate through the images.

You can compare two pictures by pressing the "CTRL" key and clicking on a second picture at the same time. In order to deselect one, simply click on the respective image once again while pressing the "CTRL" key. If the displayed picture appears very small, it has not been rendered. Select and render it to see it displayed in a big view thereafter.

You can rename a picture in the "title" field located in the upper right. Remove a selected image by either clicking on the "Delete" key or the recycle bin.

The new Lighting Diagram Export

"Lighting Diagram Export" provides you with the opportunity to export your ready light settings in form of JPG or PDF files.

The PDF is for printing purposes so you can take a printout of your light set into the studio.

The JPG export designs are supposed to be used for any kind of web application (blog, forums, Facebook, etc.). Within the "Photo Viewer", open the "Light Setup Export" tab to get the exporter.

On the timeline (left), you can choose and select the image you want to export. Once the picture has been selected, you will see its corresponding lighting setup on the right.

First, pick the right format (JPG or PDF) and template on the upper right.

JPGs are well suited to share lighting setups online. PDFs can be printed out and taken into the studio.

You can choose the output size of JPGs according to the selected design. The value indicates the pixels for the long edge.

The right mouse button can be used to move the top-down view if desired. The mouse wheel allows you to zoom in/out. Both can also be performed via control elements.

Now position the info fields (left mouse button). These info fields contain all important light technology data.

For a better chance of estimating distances, you may draw dimension lines into the diagram. To do so, click on an object and draw the line (keep the mouse button pressed) onto a second object. Now you can read the distance between these two objects.

Dimensions of object to any point:
Click on an object, keep the mouse button as well as the alt button held down and pull the dimensioning line to the point where your dimensioning should end. Releasing the mouse button creates the endpoint (pin needle).

Depending on which design template you have chosen, you can adjust the studio view. The navigation of the studio view is the same as in the main window. You can adjust display and view in the settings (“3D Studio View” on the right).

Once you are done, you can export your lighting setup via the button on the lower right.

When using a PDF, you can add additional information to it such as renaming it, entering the name of the photographer and client as well as a date. (You can open a sample PDF HERE)

Further information (for an assistant, for example) can be entered as free text in the respective area of the PDF template.

All settings that you define are automatically transferred to each single design. So you can apply several designs at once to one image, adjust it to your liking and export it – while everything remains the same.

We wish you much fun with the new Photo Viewer and Exporter.

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