For this tutorial you will need a graphics editing program, I
use PSP7, and KPT6 Scenebuilder.
This tutorial is merely for instruction purposes only but my terms with regard the tutorial still apply.
I have had many requests for information on where to purchase KPT6. Unfortunately it seems that it is no longer available.
I am by no means an expert in KPT and only really found out how to use it by playing around. So, to all you newbies out there, hopefully this tutorial will allow you to get a general grasp in how it works.
Here are some screen shots and my understanding of what they do.
||Click and hold file/edit, then scroll to
what you need on the sub menu.
||2D Edit gives you a flat view, you cannot
use the camera options.
3D Edit allows you to move the camera.
Interactive Texture allows you to render the image and to continue to
|1 - object rescale
2 - object move
3 - object rotate
||1 - zoom camera
2 - pan camera
3 - dolly camera
4 - set camera focal (looks to me to do the same as zoom)
|The different buttons give you different
views of the object, from box, to mesh, to shading and texture, I prefer
to work using the yellow ball as my view mode.
Renders the image
|This panel allows you to
edit the colour, highlight, texture etc.
||Allows you to edit the
lights. Clicking the light bulbs turns them on and off.
Clicking the colour brings up the colour palette allowing you to change the colour.
The yellow ball underneath each light is the light you are working
|Not too sure, you'll have
to play around with this to see what it does :o)
OK, lets see if we can get to work on one of the ptc files supplied with the program. I'm going to be using the pen.ptc which is located within KPT6, all mine are kept on the hard drive, the pen.ptc is in the objects/miscellaneous folder.
1. I like to work with a fairly large work area so open a new image 300x400. Effects/Plug in filters/KPT6 Scenebuilder. In the window that opens click and hold file, a menu will appear, scroll to and click open. You will now need to browse and find the pen.ptc file. This is what you should see.
2. The blue grid surrounding the pen means that all parts are selected, yes it is made of different sections. Using the object rotate button rotate the pen until you are happy with it's placement. If you wish to resize the object, use the scale tool click on the object to get the blue box and drag in or out until you are happy with the size, but remember to stay within your working area. If you are viewing in bounding box or wire frame mode you can't really see what the final image's placement is like so click either of the following buttons to get a realistic view.
3. Hopefully you are happy with it's placement so now we will edit the colour. As all the sections are grouped we need to ungroup them so that we can make changes to the different parts. Click on the pen to get the blue box, go to and hold edit, scroll down to ungroup. Remember not to use any of the object tools to move the object as you will move only the selected section not the entire object.
Your pen will now be surrounded by various white boxes, each white box represents each separate section of the pen. Click outside of the pen to get rid of all the white boxes.
4. Click on the middle section of the pen.
You should now see that the menu at the bottom has opened up, this is where we edit the colour, bump etc.
Staying on the Colour menu, click the grey square, a colour picker should open.
I find this palette quite difficult to work with especially when I'm trying to repeat the colour for different sections of an object. If you prefer to work with colour palette, move your mouse so that it's over the grey square, click and hold Ctrl then right click. This colour palette should then appear.
Ok, lets get back on track. However you obtain the colour chose one for the section selected. I'm hoping you selected the same part of the pen as me :o) Now click on the top section of the pen and apply the same colour or another of your choice.
5. Now click on one of the rings, you'll know if you selected the right part as the colour in the effects menu will be grey. The colour you now choose should be applied to the detail of the pen.
Now click the very top of the pen and apply colour and then the nib. And there you have your pen. You can of course apply texture to the pen by using the bump tag of the effects. Click the icon that looks like a floppy disc to browse for a suitable jpg or bmp. You can also resize the texture by pressing the + or - and flip and rotate by using the other tools in the window.
If you decide to use a texture you will need to render the image to view it.
The next step could then be to play around with the lighting. The images below are the same pen but I've played around with the colouring of the lights.
The possibilties are all there for you to explore. I hope this have given you an insight as to what Scenebuilder can do.