GETTING TO KNOW SIMPOSE
you get your first copy of SimPose and become daunted by its interface?
Don't worry-- SimPose is not hard to learn at all. However, it does take
some getting used to, which is what this tutorial was designed for, to
teach beginners the ins and outs of this terrific program.
And what better way to start with the actual graphic user interface?
THE GRAPHIC USER INTERFACE OF SIMPOSE
Alright, let's get started. Here is a screenshot of SimPose when it's opened
up. You will notice that the GUI of SimPose is broken down into two main
|A. The LIGHTS/ CAMERA TAB
Literally the "camera" and "studio lights" of SimPose. It gives you
options of adjusting the stage that your sim will be posing on, such as
the camera angle, how far or up close the sim will be onscreen, background
colors, among other things.
B. CHARACTER TAB
This is the tab you click on to access the controls that bend, twist,
and manipulate your sims.
This tab has to do with animation editing. Since this tutorial is about
just posing sims, don't worry about it.
|This is the canvas/ place where you will be
controlling your sims. The stage is much like a TV or movie set, where
you'll be able to use the controls of the game to add dramatic lighting,
tilt the sims at an angle of your choice, or zoom in and out on them.
As you can see, each of the tabs allow you to access different controls
in the program when you click them. Since you're new to all this, let's
do a step by step overview of each tab.
GETTING TO KNOW THE LIGHTS/ CAMERA TAB
you first open up Sim Pose, it's going to open with a default Sim female
character in an aqua business suit, and with the LIGHTS/ CAMERA TAB
selected. Immediately, this poor thing is going to be all off to the side
at a weird angle [>>]. That's because whenever you open SimPose,
the camera automatically defaults to this angle (SW- or SouthWest).
BTW, can you see which part of the LIGHTS/ CAMERA TAB controls
the direction in which you tilt the camera? Yes, that's right--it's the
menu labeled "VIEWPOINT AND ROTATION." When you click on the it,
you will see a number of angles and camera directions with which to view
your sims. When you choose any of the options from the drop down list,
the camera angle will change accordingly.
Obviously, you really don't want to pose your sim with the camera in
such an awkward angle, so it's best to choose an angle and direction where
she will be straight up and down and facing you. In this case you would
choose-- and yes, I know it's confusing-- "Away." Why? Because for some
reason, in SimPose v9.0, the options of "Faceing" and "Away" are mixed
up. The Sim will face away from you if you choose "Faceing" and towards
you, if you choose "Away."
Alright... with that out of the way, now let me acquaint you with several
of the sliders in the "Lights/ Camera" tab.
||WHAT THEY DO
||PURPOSE: To move the camera up, down, sideways,
or around the stage in order to zoom in or out, create tilted angles, or
slide sims on and offscreen.
Rotates the entire "world" 360 degrees, whether you have one sim or
4 on the stage.
Tilts the world away or towards you.
Does the obvious-- it zooms the Sims in and out. (Duh!)
Slides the sim in four different directions-- up, down, off to the
left, or off to the right
LIGHTS/ CAMERA CONTROLS
One last part of the LIGHTS/ CAMERA TAB is the menu listed as CAMERA/
LIGHTS CONTROL. You'll see a number of options, such as "Ambient," "Light-1",
etc. Don't worry about these for now-- we'll go back to explaining them
in more detail later on in the tutorial.
Alright, let's switch gears by switching over to the CHARACTER TAB,
where the magic happens: -->
PAGE TWO: Getting
to know the GUI (Character Tab)