PhotoSpin Pro User’s Manual 1: Setup and Menus

HUD

Chat Interface

Backdrop

The Backdrop menu buttons provide access to the following operations:

  • Textures >> – select Texture Groups and Textures
  • Colours >> – change backdrop colour
  • Appearance >> – change brightness, glow, tile and green screen settings
  • Turn >> – turn the backdrop by degree steps on the XYZ axes
  • Spin >> – spin the backdrop continuously on the XYZ axes
  • Align >> – pin the backdrop to a desired alignment
  • Size >> – resize the backdrop
  • << Main – return to the Main menu

Backdrop: Texture Groups

The Texture Groups menu contains the following buttons:

  • [Texture Groups] – textures are organized into groups (eg. Grid, LeeZu!, Nikolaidis, OzzLarsson, etc). Select the texture group containing the textures you want to use.
  • Next/Previous – goes to next or previous page of Texture Groups (if more than one page is available)
  • Appearance – opens Appearance menu (see below)
  • << Backdrop – returns to the Backdrop menu.

Backdrop: Textures

The Textures menu lists all the textures held within a Texture Group, and contains the following buttons:

  • [Textures] – click on the texture you want from the list to load it onto the backdrop
  • Appearance – opens the Appearance menu (see below)
  • Next/Previous – goes to the next or previous page of textures within the group (when more than one page is available)
  • << Groups – goes to the Texture Groups menu

When you apply a texture to the backdrop, PhotoSpin Pro displays the name of the texture on your chat channel, as well as on the PhotoSpin Pro HUD.

To add or remove textures, to organize textures into groups, and to provide names for textures please see the section on Organizing Textures below.

By default, the Backdrop colour is set to white to show the true colours of the textures. You can alter the colour of the texture by using the Colour menu.

Backdrop: Colours

You can apply any colour to the PhotoSpin Backdrop. You can choose from a number of predefined colours, or select your own using the custom colour feature. The Backdrop Colours menu contains the following buttons:

  • Colour buttons (Dark Red, Light Red, Dark Green, Light Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Black, White, Dark Grey and Light Grey) – click to apply the colour to the backdrop
  • Custom >> – accesses the backdrop custom colour menu (see next section)
  • << Backdrop – returns to the Backdrop menu

Note: if a texture has been applied to the backdrop, it will be tinted with the selected colour. To display the true colours of a texture, select white as the base colour.

Backdrop: Custom Colours

Custom colours can be obtained by mixing different amounts of red, green and blue (RGB). You can increase or decrease the RGB in 20%, 5% or 1% steps. The backdrop custom colour menu contains the following buttons:

  • Percentage buttons (20 %, 5 %, 1 %) – selects the amount to increase or decrease each RGB colour
  • Red – and Red + – decreases or increases the amount of red in the current colour by the selected percentage
  • Green – and Green + – decreases or increases the amount of green in the current colour by the selected percentage
  • Blue – and Blue + – decreases or increases the amount of blue in the current colour by the selected percentage
  • << Colours – returns to the Backdrop Colours menu

Note: as you increase or decrease the RGB values, PhotoSpin will display the current colour values on your chat channel.

Backdrop: Appearance

The Appearance menu contains the following buttons:

  • Full – makes the backdrop full bright. The effects of lights will not be shown on the backdrop
  • Normal – makes the backdrop normal bright. The backdrop will show the effects of lights
  • Glow – and Glow + – decreases or increases the backdrop’s glow intensity
  • Tile – and Tile + – decreases or increases the tile factor. Note: textures need to be seamless to tile successfully. Use the 0 tile setting to place a single texture across the entire backdrop.
  • Green Screen – provides a green screen by making the backdrop pure green (RGB 0,1,0). Used with the Restore button, this simplifies separating the foreground subject and the backdrop into layers in PhotoShop, making it possible to apply effects, add shadows, etc. See below for more information on the Green Screen feature
  • Restore – restores the backdrop settings in use immediately prior to clicking the Green Screen button. Allows you to toggle between green screen and backdrop settings with ease.
  • No Texture – removes the backdrop texture. The backdrop will show a flat colour with no texture applied.
  • << Backdrop – goes to Backdrop menu
  • << Groups – goes to Texture Groups menu
  • << Back – returns to previously viewed menu

Backdrop: Turn

The Turn menu allows you to turn the PhotoSpin backdrop in steps of 5, 30 and 90 degrees, and contains the following buttons:

  • X – and X + ~ turns the backdrop the selected number of degrees clockwise (+) or counter-clockwise (-) around the X axes
  • Y – and Y + ~ turns the backdrop the selected number of degrees clockwise (+) or counter-clockwise (-) around the Y axes
  • Z – and Z + ~ turns the backdrop the selected number of degrees clockwise (+) or counter-clockwise (-) around the Z axes
  • 5 / 30 / 90 ~ selects the number of degrees the backdrop will turn
  • Zero ~ restores the backdrop to its original (pinned) alignment prior to any turns
  • << Backdrop ~ returns to the Backdrop menu

Note: as you move into more extreme rotations of the backdrop, changes in axes alignments can create conditions in which the clockwise and counter-clockwise directions become reversed.

Backdrop: Spin

The Spin menu allows you to rotate the PhotoSpin backdrop continuously on the XYZ axes, and contains the following buttons:

  • X – and X + ~ spins the backdrop clockwise (+) or counter-clockwise (-) around the X axes
  • Y – and Y + ~ spins the backdrop clockwise (+) or counter-clockwise (-) around the Y axes
  • Z – and Z + ~ spins the backdrop clockwise (+) or counter-clockwise (-) around the Z axes
  • Slow ~ sets the rotation speed to slow
  • Medium ~ sets the rotation speed to medium
  • Fast ~ sets the rotation speed to fast
  • Stop ~ stops the rotation (the backdrop will continue to rotate in the selected direction until you press Stop or select another direction)
  • Zero ~ restores the backdrop to the alignment it had prior to any spins.
  • << Backdrop ~ returns to the Backdrop menu

Important: When you Turn the Backdrop, and then Spin it, PhotoSpin temporarily retains this final Turn positon as the point from which all subsequent Spin rotations occur. The assumption here is that most photographers will use Turn to rotate the backdrop into roughly the alignment they want, and then use Spin to fine-tune the alignment.

Backdrop: Align

The Align menu allows you to pin the PhotoSpin backdrop to a desired alignment. Once set, the backdrop will always restore to the pinned alignment when you click the Zero button on the Turn menu. The Align menu includes the following buttons:

  • Pin ~ sets the alignment of the backdrop to its current orientation
  • To Grid ~ sets the alignment of the backdrop to the Second Life grid
  • << Backdrop ~ returns to the Backdrop menu

When you first rez the PhotoSpin backdrop, it will align to the Second Life grid by default. To set a different alignment, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Spin or Turn menus to rotate the backdrop to your desired alignment.
  2. Navigate to the Align menu.
  3. Click Pin to set the backdrop to the new alignment.

If you wish to reset the alignment to the Second Life grid later on, simply click the To Grid button on the Align menu.

Alignment Pin Markers

You can display pin markers showing the Y and Z coordinate axes for the current pinned alignment of the backdrop. This can be a helpful guide when rotating the backdrop. To display the pin markers, simply touch (left-click) the backdrop and hold for 1.5 seconds, then release. Two pin markers will appear:  Y (green) and Z (blue). These markers will always show the pinned alignment of the backdrop. To toggle the pin markers off again, left-click and hold on the backdrop for 1.5 seconds, then release. The markers will disappear.

Backdrop: Resize

You can resize the PhotoSpin backdrop to virtually any dimension you want, within the 10 meter limit on prim size set by Second Life. The Size menu includes the following buttons:

  • X – or X + ~ decreases or increases the size of the backdrop along the X coordinate by the size factor selected
  • Y – or Y + ~ decreases or increases the size of the backdrop along the Y coordinate by the size factor selected
  • Z – or Z + ~ decreases or increases the size of the backdrop along the Z coordinate by the size factor selected
  • f Small ~ sets the size factor to scale at a 1.1 ratio
  • f Medium ~ sets the size factor to scale at a 1.414214 ratio
  • f Large ~ sets the size factor to scale at a 1.732051 ratio
  • Reset ~ restores the backdrop to the default size
  • Join / Unjoin ~ toggles between Join and Unjoin: click Join to make the backdrop resize along all three XYZ coordinates simultaneously; click Unjoin to make the backdrop resize along the XYZ coordinates independently
  • << Backdrop ~ returns to the Backdrop menu

To resize the backdrop, follow these steps:

  1. Select the amount the backdrop will resize by clicking one of the size factor buttons (f Small, f Medium, f Large).
  2. Use the XYZ + or – buttons to increase or decrease the size of the backdrop.
  3. Click Join to resize along all three XYZ coordinates at the same time.
  4. Click Unjoin to resize along each of the XYZ coordinates independently.
  5. Use the Reset button to restore the backdrop to the default size.

Note: as you resize the backdrop, the texture alignments and offsets between the various prims that make up the backdrop will realign automatically.

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