With The KITS collaborator you can create high quality white background renderings of furniture items and layouts. You also have the ability to include an environment photo in your rendering to help clients visualize your proposal in their space. You can choose from the sample environments provided, environment photos you have used in other projects, or even upload a photo of your clients space directly into KITS.
Note: this tutorial is for users with The KITS collaborator Windows 10 License. If you are an iPad user, please visit our article on Environment Photos with an iPad.
To get started with Environment Photos, open a project and click HD Render from the top navigation bar. From the drop-down menu, click Include Environment…
Next you will see three options for adding an environment. You can upload a photo from your device by clicking on the Camera Lens, or use the bottom navigation bar to access sample environments or one from another project in your KITS account.
Uploading an Environment Photo
Click on the Camera Lens to start uploading a photo located on your device to KITS. A popup window will appear allowing you to search your computer for an image. Click on the image you would like to upload and click Open.
KITS will show you a preview of your photo before applying it to your scene. Click Back or Delete to cancel the upload and return to the previous screen. Tap Use to apply the photo to your scene.
You will now see your current project placed in the photo you have uploaded. A new action button appears on the left. This is your Photo View button and allows you to return to your environment photo if you jump between viewing your project in 3D white space, plan view, or elevation.
To further customize the perspective of your scene inside a new environment, double click on the Photo View action button. Four environment photo buttons will appear on your screen. Use these buttons to raise, lower, and tilt your furniture items to manipulate the images perspective.
Taking the Right Photo
When adding an environment photo to your scene, keep in mind that KITS cannot change the scale or manipulate the perspective of the original image. It’s important to capture your client’s space at the right angle, considering clutter and lighting to help with the final rendering. We suggest practicing with photos you have taken to get comfortable with this feature so you’re ready for any opportunity.