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How to create a visual scene in The Grid 2

Visual scenes can be created in two main ways: either with a photograph with hotspot cells which will tell you about that part of the photo, or using a clean image on which you can place symbols.


1. Set your photograph or picture as the grid background

  • Press F11 to go into editing mode.
  • Select Edit grid settings (on the left hand side of window under Grid Options).
  • Select Picture from the drop down menu for Grid background.
  • Click Browse for picture.
  • Navigate to where your photograph is stored. If using our visual scene templates, go to: C:/Program Files/Sensory Software/Common/Pictures/Dynamic Scene Displays
  • Click Open, and then Ok

2. Hide empty cells

  • This is to ensure that blank cells do not appear on top of the visual scene, and cannot be selected.
  • Go to Edit – User Settings – Appearance settings
  • Tick Hide blank cells
  • Click Ok

3. Add in extra rows and columns

  • Confirm you are in editing mode (if not, press F11)
  • Select Add/delete a row (or Add/delete a column)
  • Move mouse over grid, when in the middle of a cell it will be blue click to add row/column.When in between the cells it will be red click to delete row/column.
  • Click Stop adding/deleting rows when finished adding rows and columns.

4. Create transparent cell style

  • Press F11 to go into editing mode
  • Click on Change style on the left hand side under Cell Options
  • Click on New Preset Style
  • Type transparent cell, then click on Ok
  • Click on the Background drop down menu, and select Transparent, then Ok.

5. Create cells that speak

  • These will be the hotspots or symbols on your picture.
  • Press F11 to go into editing mode
  • Select the cell you wish to speak.
  • Move mouse over the little white box on the outside of the cell and drag the cell to the size you need.
  • Double Click on the cell, and type into Vocab cell your caption for the cell
  • Click on the black arrow linking Cell Text and Description.
  • Delete the writing in Cell Text
  • Click on Change Picture to choose a different symbol or click on No Picture
  • Click on the drop down next to Style and choose transparent cell.

Repeat step 5 as many times as you require, and you will now have your visual scene.

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