Do you plan outdoor events, use marquees, or simply like to host events using the natural surroundings of the back yard? Then this article is for you!
Vivien2010 introduces a whole new way to design and plan out- door events, both big and small.
We’ve received many calls from sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated event planners who are trying to design the perfect outdoor event and have one simple request: HELP!
Everyone will admit that producing an outdoor event can be one of the most challenging, unpredictable (think sleet… in July!) stress- ful, and yet rewarding experiences. From wind, rain, and lighting to actual terrain and access issues, Mother Nature can test the mettle of even the most experienced planners.
Well, fear no more because Vivien2010 is packed with specially designed tools to make outdoor event planning a breeze. You can use Vivien’s tent wizards, object libraries, and incredibly realistic 3D images to produce eye-popping events in the open air and under marquees.
￼￼￼￼Whether producing large corporate outdoor concerts or a small backyard Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Vivien2010 can help take your event from so-so to so spectacular.
Over the next several issues, The Vivien NEWS will include tips and tricks outlining how to use Vivien2010 to overcome common challenges faced when designing and planning outdoor events.
Follow along with us and in no time you’ll be creating award-win- ning, life-like outdoor events that help “close business.”
The first in a series of three, this article will focus on the simple task of creating a basic tent using Vivien2010. Let’s get started!
Creating a Tent Using Vivien’s Tent Wizard
Aside from the selection of ready-made tents that come with Vivien (in the Library on the Architecture tab), there are two types of tents that you can create yourself—frame tents and circus tents.
Frame tents These tents are square or rectangular in shape and usually have two center poles. Each wall is a single piece of fabric supported by as many poles as you specify.
Circus tents These tents are styled after the classical circus “Big Top”. They’re more rounded, or oblong, in shape than a frame tent, with the walls comprising multiple sections, each supported by as many poles as you specify. The main roof is held up by one center pole.
For simplicity’s sake we’ll focus on the Tent Wizard and, more specifically, a “Framed Tent”. You can find the Tent Wizard on the right side of the Welcome screen or in the top menu bar under; Draw>Venue>Framed Tent.
When drawing either type of tent, you can specify many different properties, including the number of poles, length, height, or perimeter of the walls, and the color of different parts of the tent. You can also choose from different materials and whether you want to apply a custom color or texture to all or different parts of the tent. When assigning a texture, you can choose your own texture, such as a com- pany logo or symbol, or you can choose a texture from the Vivien library.
The origin for both types of tents is at the center of the tent on the floor.
The following entries describe the parts of the frame tent:
￼￼To change a tent’s appearance
1. Click on a tent line to select the tent.
2. Right-click and select Properties.
Result: The Properties dialog box displays.
3. Click the Framed Tent tab.
4. Make the necessary changes, and then click OK.
Tip: To make the tent non-editable, so that you do not acciden- tally move it while working on your drawing, click the Layers tool. In the Layer Database window, highlight the Venue line, and then deselect the check mark beside Editable. Click OK.
To apply custom material, and color or texture to a venue
Once you have drawn your tent, you can customize it by applying either color or texture, and a custom material to each of its structural elements, such as walls, ceiling, and floor. Based on the type of venue, you can also change the properties of the structural elements themselves. For example, for a tent you can change the wall height, the number of poles, the visibility of its walls, and so on.
1. Click the Drawing Wireframe tab.
2. Click the tent to select it. In this example, click the tent.
3. Right-click, and then select Properties.
Result: The Properties dialog box displays.
4. To change structural elements, click the applicable venue tab (in this example, Frame Tent). For tents, you can change elements such as the size, number of poles, and visibility of walls and poles.
5. Make the necessary changes, and then click Apply.
6. Click the Appearance tab.
7. Within the Elements box, click to highlight the first venue element that you want to customize or edit (for example, Walls). To select multiple elements and apply the same customization to all of them at once, press CTRL and select the applicable elements. Proceed with any of the following steps to customize the element.
To apply a custom texture from the Vivien library to the tent element
After performing steps 1 to 7 above, to apply a texture from the Vivien library to the tent element, click the Use Texture from Library option button.
1. In the resulting dialog, navigate to and select the desired texture, and then click Select.
• To have the texture repeated over the selected element in a continuous series of squares or rectangles, click the Tile option button, and then type the size of the frame in which you want the texture to appear in the Width and Height boxes. Based on the size that you enter, Vivien calculates how many times the texture is repeated (or tiled) to completely cover the selected tent element.
Or to have the texture stretch over the entire element surface, click Stretch.
• To preserve the aspect ratio of the texture so it is not distorted when stretched over the element, click Preserve Aspect Ratio.
• To choose a custom border color for the texture when it is stretched over the surface of the element, click the Border Color
box, and then choose the custom color.
• To adjust the angle at which the texture is shown, select the value from the Texture Rotation Degrees drop-down box.
2. Click Apply.
That’s it! Now you’re ready to start adding library objects like you would normally do using either the Seating Wizard or selecting directly from the library browser. Have fun decorating your events! Below are a few sample tents created using the tent wizard, with a few standard items added to create awesome visuals!