This tutorial exercise provides step-by-step directions for guiding you through building a scene.  Here you will explore the different methods that can be used for each skill as you follow along.  This will provide an overview to the scene editor in Alice and teach you the basic skills to get you started.

You will need to access other printed materials or have access to the alice.org website to view the how to content called out within these materials.  These materials can be downloaded and printed for offline use from Alice.org

Don’t forget to save your projects frequently

Setting up the Scene

For the following steps, you may wish to watch the Video or check the Quick Reference Guide associated with the How To:  Scene Editor Overview

1. Start Alice 

2. Select the Wonderland template from the Blank Slates section of the Select Template Dialog box.

3. Click on the Setup Scene button to go to the Scene Editor of Alice.

Adding an Object to the Scene

For the following steps, you may wish to watch the Videos or check the Quick Reference Guides for the How To:  Adding Objects to a Scene

4. From the Wonderland section of the Browse Gallery by Theme tab of the Gallery, 

a. add the TeaTable by double clicking it and adding it at the center of the world

b. Drag Alice into the scene

c. Add the CheshireCat using either method

5. Go to the Search tab of the Gallery, and do a search for “chair”. Select a chair and add it the scene.

Positioning an Object in the Scene

For the following steps, you may wish to refer to the image above, or use your own ideas.  You may wish to watch the Videos or check the Quick Reference Guides for the How To: Moving Objects in the Scene Editor.

6. Place Alice at one end of the table using the mouse controls

7. Place the chair to the other end of the table from Alice.  Try using the x,y,z text inputs. 

8. Position the CheshireCat above the table, as if it was floating in the air using the handle styles or hotkeys.

Orienting an Object in the Scene

For the following steps, you may wish to refer to the image above, or use your own ideas.  You may wish to watch the Videos or check the Quick Reference Guides for the How To: Turning Objects in the Scene Editor.

9. Turn Alice to Face the table using the rotation handles

10. Turn the chair to face the table using a one shot

11. Save the project.

Camera Controls

For the following steps, you may wish to watch the Videos or check the Quick Reference Guides for the How To:  Using Camera Controls to Change Camera Views

12. Use the camera controls to position the camera to a closer / more interesting viewpoint of the scene that that still shows all the characters and props.

13. (Optional) Set a camera marker at this position. Test the marker by moving the camera to a different position and then returning to that position. 

Aligning Objects in the Scene

For the following steps, you may wish to refer to the image above, or use your own ideas. You may wish to watch the Videos or check the Quick Reference Guides for the How To: Changing and Using Different Camera Views

14. From the tea set section of the Wonderland section of the Gallery, add a teapot, a cup and saucer to the Scene.

15. Place the teapot in the center of the table.

16. Place the saucer at the other end of the table from where Alice is standing, then place the cup on the saucer. (Hint: Use the one-shot procedure to have the teacup moveAndOrientTo the saucer).

17. Optional: If there is time, add and place a cup and saucer for both Alice and the Cheshire Cat in the scene.  

18. Move the camera using a camera marker to return it to the starting position and/or use the different camera views to validate your alignments

19. Save the project.  

Working with Object Joints and Subparts

For the following steps, you may wish to refer to the image above, or use your own ideas. You may wish to watch the Videos or check the Quick Reference Guides for the How To: Manipulating SubJoints (Object Parts) and Resizing Objects in the Scene Editor

20. From the Wonderland section of the Browse Gallery by Theme tab of the Gallery, add the MadHatter to the Scene.

21. Sit the MadHatter in the chair. Use one-shot procedures for the following:

a. Select the rightHip of the MadHatter and turn it backward 0.25 revolutions.

b. Select the leftHip of the MadHatter and turn it backward 0.25 revolutions.

c. moveAndOrient the MadHatter to the chair. 

d. Optional: You may want to resize the chair

22. Save the project