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Adding Lights

Adding lights in LightWave 7 is easy. Follow these simple steps to add lights to LightWave Layout and get a feel for how they work. And remember, unless you are working with Auto Key enabled, you’ll need to create a keyframe to lock your lights into position after they’re moved.

1.
Open Layout or select Clear Scene from the File drop-down menu.

This sets Layout to its default of one distant light.

2.
Make sure that you are in Perspective view so that you have a full view of Layout. Under the Items tab, select the Add drop-down button, Lights, and then Add Spotlight. Figure 7.1 shows the menus.

Figure 7.1. You can add lights directly in Layout under the Items tab.


You have the choice to add any type of light you want.

3.
Before the light is added to Layout, a Light Name requester appears, as shown in Figure 7.2.

Figure 7.2. After a light is added, the Light Name requester appears, enabling you to set a specific name for your light.


4.
Type in the name you want to give the new spotlight.

Note

You don’t have to change the name of a new light. Instead, you can accept LightWave’s default light name by clicking OK when the Light Name requester appears. By default, LightWave names new lights as follows: Light (1), Light (2), Light (3), and so on.

The added light is placed at the 0 axis, also called the origin, as shown in Figure 7.3.

Figure 7.3. Added lights are placed at the 0 axis (the origin) in Layout.



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