Some Miscellaneous Hints for Newbies
While I was working on an image
in Vue, I tried to be aware of some of the potential stumbling blocks
for new users of Vue. One area that I had trouble with when I first
started using Vue occurred when I tried to place an object in the
Main Camera View. I would think I had it properly positioned, but
it wasn't. For example, I would try to drag a tree in front of some
bushes, but the bushes would always appear in front of the tree.
Or I would try to move a tree to the front of the screen but it
would seem to sink into the surface and disappear. I learnt quickly
to use the front camera view and top camera view for placing objects.
The following screen capture shots show the placement of a dead
tree. I wanted the tree to appear in the middle of the bushes. I
admit for this tutorial I touched the tree up to exaggerate its
trunk so it would show up better.
Rendered Main View
Even though it is hard to differentiate the various
green dots, on a larger scale, one can tell what each dot represents.
The red figure is the dead tree. When the various views are magnified
and the different bushes are selected in the layer's menu, the selected
wireframe objects will become red. In this manner, it is easy to
place the tree in front of some objects and in back of others.
Try moving objects in the top and front views, and
then see how much easier it is to line them up in the Main Camera
Another feature that is helpful is to work on different
layers. If you look at the layers on the left in the below screen
shots, you will see various symbols by the layers. They correspond
to how the layers manifest themselves.
By layer one is a closed eye. As you will see, there
are no background images in the screen capture shot of the Main
Camera camera View although it is obvious that they exist because
there are groups of images present in layer one. All the other layers
have open eyes and the other objects are visible. Near layer four
is a lock. This means that one cannot accidentally move that layer.
The Lock does take the place of the open eye. Utilizing layers and
these properties makes working with complicated images much easier.
I hope some of these hints are helpful.