Paper lanterns are a hip way to light your client’s next event
Paper lanterns are simple to assemble, look festive &, above all, they are cheap. It’s easy to see why they have won over many event designers. Paper lanterns come in many different shapes and sizes — from traditional Chinese and Japanese lanterns to contemporary shapes (think Ikea).
The type of light given off by these paper creations really sells their usage in environments where a majority of the light source is coming from a set of moving lights, paper lanterns add a splash of color. Acting more like random shapes that accent a space, they grab the attention of a crowd no matter the event.
For events where paper lanterns are used as the major lighting source, you get an ambient effect. That’s what you get when you have a large amount of lanterns. Take a look at some of these images to get an idea of how you can implement paper lanterns into your next design.
Impressive, aren’t they? Now, onto your Vivien tip for this festive issue!
1. Open Vivien and create a room that 40’0″ Width, 40’0″ Depth, and 40’0″ height.
For perspective, add one of the people or mannequins from the library. With something in the room, you’ll get a better idea of relative scale.
2. In the Drawing Quad, click the Draw menu and choose Sphere.
3. In the New Sphere dialog box, type:
• Horizontal diameter – 2’0″
• Vertical diameter – 2’0″
4. Click OK.
5. Drag the sphere to the middle of the venue.
6. Right-click the sphere and choose Properties.
￼7. In the Properties window, click the Appearance tab. In the Elements area, clickSphere.
8. In the Color/Texture area, click Use Custom Color and click the color red.
9. Click OK.
10. In the Properties window, click the Light Emissions tab.
11. Click Enable Light Emissions.
￼Good job! You just created a glowing ball. Next, we’ll make the ball look like its actually hanging.
12. In the Drawing Quad tab, click the Draw menu and choose Cylinder.
13. In the New Cylinder dialog box, type:
• Height 7’0″
• Diameter 0’2″
This is where having a person from the library really helps. When you position the cylinder in the venue, ensure that it’s positioned vertically by clicking in the top-right quad to place the cylinder.
14. Adjust the cylinder so that just touches the ball. It should look something like this ￼Adding a texture to your paper lantern
15. In the Drawing Quad tab, right-click the sphere, choose Modify, and click Break Solids into Faces. This breaks your sphere into smaller faces which you can place a texture on.
16. Move the cylinder to the side and click-drag your mouse across the sphere to select its surfaces.
￼￼17. From the Modify menu, click Object Properties.
18. Click Appearance. In the Elements area, click surface.
19. Click Use Texture From File. Browse to a file with a pattern. For this example, I am using this festive pattern, which is a jpg file.
20. Click OK. You should see something like this:
21. As we did previously, let’s select all surfaces by click-dragging the mouse across the sphere. Type Ctrl-G to group the surfaces, so that you can move it as one object.
22. Move the cylinder back to the center edge of the sphere.
23. In one of the Drawing Quad tab windows, click-drag over the sphere and cylinder and type Ctrl-G to group them as one object.
Ta-da! You’ve created a snazzy lantern. But what about turning up the ambience with more lanterns? Easy! Now that you know how to create a lantern with texture, you can add lanterns by copying your first lantern and pasting it within your venue. Change the texture for a few lanterns here and there to mix it up.