GrandMA 3D

GrandMA 3D visualization software. Similar to WYSIWYG, this program shows you what your lights will look like on your virtual stage using your Windows computer. This software is specifically designed to be an emulator for the GrandMA lighting control board. The...

Virtual Light Lab

Virtual Light Lab. VLL has demo versions for both Mac and Windows machines.The demo version does not allow you to save your work from session to session, but setting it up is so quick and easy that you’ll be working with the two lights and a sphere in no time.  West...

QCAD 2D

QCAD 2D drafting software is one of the least expensive CAD programs out there. It’s currently selling for about $42. It doesn’t have any lighting tools built-in, but the resourcefukl user can construct their own lighting symbols from scratch....

GIMP

Gimp. A free, open-source alternative to Photoshop. GIMP can do most of the things that Photoshop does, certainly enough to create a simple rendering. http://www.gimp.org

PhotoShop

PhotoShop is the industry-standard when it comes to manipulating photographs. It has a full set of painting tools that allows one to create very effective color renderings. For students and teachers, Adobe offers an educational version for just under $300....

WYSIWYG

WYSIWYG. The name stands for “what you see is what you get.” It is a lighting visualization program that allows you to see what light will do. Among its many features: you can connect to a lighting control board and use the board to control the...