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Getting started with Twinmotion

by Mar 22, 2022Tips and Tricks0 comments

This Quick Start Guide is intended for new Twinmotion users and seeks to show you the fundamentals of getting started with Twinmotion.

1. Open the Lakehouse Retreat Demo

The first thing you will learn is how to get the Lakehouse retreat demo scene into Twinmotion so you can start exploring the user interface. 

  • Open the Burger menu, and go to Demo scenes > Lakehouse retreat.
open the lakehouse retreat

2. Twinmotion User Interface

The five main areas of Twinmotion’s user interface are: 

  1. The Viewport
  2. The Library
  3. The Scenegraph
  4. The Toolbar
  5. The Dock

3. Navigate in the Viewport

To navigate a scene, you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard, the mouse scroll wheel, or a combination of keyboard shortcuts and a three-button mouse with scroll wheel. 

Here are a few ways of navigating that you can try out: 

How to Navigate Inside Twinmotion

4. Add Objects to a Scene

  1. Open the Library, and select Objects.
  2. Select an object.
  3. Drag and drop it into the scene.

5. Move, Rotate, and Scale Objects 

You can move, rotate, and scale objects by using the Gizmo, and either the Translate, Rotate, or Scale tool. The appearance of the Gizmo will vary depending on the tool you are using.

moving objects in Twinmotion using Gizmo

Translate tool

rotating objects in Twinmotion using Gizmo

Rotate tool

scaling objects in Twinmotion using Gizmo

Scale tool

6. Apply a Material to an Object 

  1. Open the Library, click Materials, and select material.
  2. Drag it over to an object in the scene.

7. Edit a Material

  1. In the Toolbar, click the Material picker, and select an object in the scene.
  2. Depending on the type of material that you select, you can change several of its properties.

For example, to change the color of the material:

  • Open the Color Picker, adjust the color value, and click OK.

8. Create an Image

  1. Open the Media dock, and click Image.
  2. Click Create Image.

9. Export an Image

  1. Open the Export dock, and click Image.
  2. Select the image that you want to export.
  3. In the Dock, click Start Export.
  4. Select where you want to export the image, and click Select Folder.