Help with lighting

Hi, I made up a very simple sewer battlemap recently, but thought "I know why not add lighting effects to spruce it up a bit."

Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the lights to appear on the map, even though when I hide all the sheets but the Light sheet, they are there. They just look dull, dull, dull!

Any help would be appreciated.

I think I've followed all the instructions from the SS4 mapping guide.



  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 26 images Cartographer ProFantasy

    Can you share the FCW file so we can see what the problem is?

  • Thanks Sue, here is the file.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 26 images Cartographer ProFantasy

    Thanks :)

    You will have to add the relevant sheet effects to make the lighting work properly. These are beautifully explained in Ralf's Lighted Dungeons Live Mapping session at about 17 minutes into the video (before that is more about how to draw the dungeon itself)

  • Thanks for the vid link Sue.

    I've watched some of the vid but haven't got time to take it all in tonight. But just from the section I watched I moved the torches from the wall symbol sheet to the torches sheet and this is the effect they produced. I changed the light from a white light to a pale orange light. Obviously something is still wrong, and hopefully I can correct this by watching the vid fully and reproducing what Ralf is demonstrating.

    Problem is it looks fine on my PC but this is what happens when I save it as a jpeg.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 26 images Cartographer ProFantasy

    If you haven't already done this, use the EXPORTSETMPPP command to increase the maximum pixels per pass from 4 million to 40 million. The lights are being chopped off because each rendering pass only takes account of the lights within the extent of the pass. Increasing the extent of each pass is usually sufficient to cure this problem.

  • Hi Sue, sorry I'm still getting the same effect even with the command you suggested I use.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 26 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    edited April 25

    When you use the command, what figure are you getting in response at the command prompt? Is is 4000000, or 40000000?

    If it is only 4000000, type 40000000 and press enter to change the setting.

    (I had to count those zeros several times! There are no commas to help you, but one is 4 million, and the other is 40 million)

  • Thanks Sue, it worked. I really need to watch all of the vid link you sent to me and practice the techniques Ralf is demonstrating.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 26 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    edited April 25

    You're welcome :)

    All it really needs now are some visible light sources, so the lights are not disembodied - unless that's the look you are going for.

    Edit: Oh, I'm sorry! They're already there. I just didn't see them where they are quite small.

  • I made the torches larger, and they look much better, and I also placed them beneath the wall sheet.

    Thanks for your help Sue, It is very much appreciated. 🙂

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