New Vectorworks Tutorial for Scenic and Lighting Design Available

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2012

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of a new training guide for users of Vectorworks® software: Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight, First Edition. The manual was written by Kevin Lee Allen, an award-winning lighting and scenic designer whose work includes theater, film, television, museums and corporate environments. 

This book explores the use of the Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks® program for use in the entertainment industries. While the methods and techniques described are applicable to film, television, concerts, exhibits, and themed architecture or interiors, this tutorial focuses on a project that creates lights and a set for the stage, the root of entertainment design. 

“It is definitely going to be my course textbook for this semester because, despite my students having different needs than entertainment designers, it specifically lists the most important tools, commands and workflows and talks a little about each one,” said Cris Dopher, Entertainment Design, Instructor, FIT. 

From one step beyond traditional pencil thumbnails, this guide outlines a process of design development and collaboration with other designers and technical staff. The text is tutorial-based and directs the user to create two projects, each supported by a series of simple exercises. The first project is the creation of a simple 3D form, and the second project entails the creation of a scenic and lighting design for a theoretical production of Romeo and Juliet. 

“Although I started out in the industry as a hand-draftsman and renderer, Vectorworks has streamlined my operations and accuracy,” said Allen. “I’ve been teaching Vectorworks software at theater festivals and universities for years, and I’m thrilled to share these skills and methods with users around the world.” 

This book is written for professional designers as well as designers in education (students, instructors, schools). It is intended for use with Vectorworks 2012 software and is most applicable for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer users. It is a part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options, designed for people who like to learn on their own and at their own pace. For more information and to purchase these tutorials, please visit

The tutorial will also be part of the prize package for the and Stage Directions Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC), sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, City Theatrical and Field Template. Allen serves on the competition’s panel of judges. Entries are due March 16, 2012, and the winner will be announced at the USITT Conference on March 29. For more information and to view the complete rules, please visit: