Manikin light tutorial

 

Watch the video tutorial or read more about the camera use in Manikin further down.

In this tutorial we cover all the basics on camera movement. Video tutorials coming soon to our Youtube channel here

Manikin Main Light Settings

Light Mode

To activate light mode press space or the lightbulb button down below.

There are 4 lights you can activate & move independently.

You can cycle through them by clicking on the colored lightbulb icon. Each light can be identified by its respective colour:
yellow, blue, red and green.

How to find direction of light?
Where is my light?

direction

The direction a light is facing is visualized by the colored line going from the light to its target. You move the light in the same way you move the camera. Simply drag with the right mouse button to rotate the light around the focus point and use the scroll wheel to move the light farther or closer away from the center.

Which button does what in the light menu
Sub menu light

Options

In light mode the center is not controlled by selection but through the target light button. You can retarget your light to a specific focus point by activating this button and selecting a new point in the scene. You’ll notice that the colored line adjusts to your newly chosen target.

Alternatively, you can use light freelook  mode to position the lights by clicking on the eye icon. This mode works identically to the point of view mode of the camera.

Use the drop shadow button to toggle drop shadows per light. And reset to place the light to the left of the model.

Changing the size and range of your lights
Light size and range

spread & size

The sliders below adjust the intensity and the size of the selected light. You can also activate or deactivate the drop-shadow using this setting.

Also notice that the quality of the shadows drop when moving your light farther away from its focus point or when you create a very wide light. So if you are looking for high quality dropshadows, keep the lights close and the size small.

With a combination of different lights you can create complex shadowplays to creatively enhance your scenes and to study how the light interacts with your models.

Drop shadows lose quality when the light is far away or very wide.
Shadows lose quality

Shadow loss

Example of quality loss when light is far away and set very wide.  A solution for the is to use lights with drop shadow as close and thin as possible and the others to light the entire scene.